Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

Support Gomde at our Use Permit Hearing

IMG_0036Gomde California is embarking on a major action that will benefit the entire community and our mission to support the spread of Buddhism in North America. As many of you know, we have been working on Gomde California’s Master Plan and Use Permit for many years. We have finally arrived at the moment when the Mendocino County Planning Commission will hear our request for a Use Permit to function as a retreat center.

The Public Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th, at 9:00 am in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, located at 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah, California.

The agenda for the meeting and information about our application, including the the County’s Staff report and recommendations, can be found here.

We hope that you will take some time to offer your support to Gomde California and our application process. There are many ways to voice your support.

You can:

  • Send an email to the Planning Commission before March 18th
  • Mail a letter, before March 18th, to: The Mendocino County Planning Commission, Planning and Building Services Dept. 860 North Bush Street, Ukiah, CA 95482.
  • Testify in person, and provide “public comment” during the hearing itself.
  • Or all three!

IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE FOCUS ON DISCUSSING HOW IMPORTANT GOMDE IS TO YOU PERSONALLY AND TO THE COMMUNITY RATHER THAN TRYING TO DISCUSS THE MERITS OF OUR SPECIFIC USE PERMIT/REZONING APPLICATION, WHICH IS COMPLICATED.

This link will provide you with letter that can be used as a template, but feel free to adapt it or develop your own. Please include the following the information in the subject line, including our Agenda item and date of the hearing:

Agenda Item #6d, Project Case #: R_2013-0001/U_2013-0001; March 19, 2015

Your support is critical to the overall process. It doesn’t matter whether you live near Gomde or far away. If you support Gomde California and Rinpoche’s vision for the land, please make the effort to reach out to the Planning Commissioners directly to voice your support for this important milestone in our development and growth. As Rinpoche always stresses to us, Gomde California is your center.

If you have any questions or concerns or what more information about the project, please feel free to contact Joanne Brion at finance@gomdeusa.org or call her at 707-494-6648.

What to expect

If you plan on attending the hearing, we are fourth on the agenda and thus our item may not come up for a while. The planning commission is the first public body with jurisdiction to hear our request. The Board of Supervisors is the second and final public body that will review our application. The staff has made a favorable recommendation to approve our application and environmental review, assuming the listed conditions and requirements are met. The planning commission will hear:

  1. A summary of the staff report by our county project coordinator.
  2. We as the applicant will make a short presentation on our organization and project.
  3. Commissioners may ask questions at this point or defer to after public comment.
  4. The public is invited to speak on behalf or against the project (normally 2-3 minutes each).
  5. The Commission chair will close public hearing (no more public comment or input is allowed).
  6. The Commission will continue with discussion, questions and debate, which can include questions to staff or applicant.
  7. The Chair calls for a motion to vote; motion called, seconded and commission takes a vote.
In some cases, the Commission members can also ask for more information and analysis from staff and delay a vote in some cases. If the Commission approves our application, use permit and rezoning request, it moves to the County Board of Supervisors for consideration, which is normally within 30 to 60 days. Another public hearing is scheduled and a similar process takes place. Similar public support will be asked for on our behalf at that time.
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Feb. 28th: Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche teaches in Corte Madera

Key Points of Vajrayana Practice

with Tsangsar Tulku Rinpoche

4pm-6pm, February 28th at the Corte Madera Town Center Community Room

This event is free and open to everyone. Offerings to the teacher and translator are welcome.

For more information email rybasp108@gmail.com or call 707-480-9961.

 

Directions To Corte Madera Town Center

Take the Paradise/Tamalpais Exit off Highway 101.  Town Center is on the west side of the freeway.  Turn right into the south entrance of the Center located on Tamalpais Drive. The office building will be directly in front of you, which is where the Community room is located.

http://www.shoptowncenter.com/directions.php

Directions to the Community Room

The Community Room (Suite 201) is located on the second floor of the office building of the mall. Enter the mall between the 2 large ivy covered pillars. (Charles Schwab on the left and Umpqua Bank on the right). Elevator access is straight across the plaza and through the lobby marked “770” on the awning. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. One can also take the outside steps on the right side of the plaza.

Please plan to come 15 minutes early to find the room.

A Request for Volunteers

We will need a few volunteers to help get us set up, direct people, and take down. Please let me know if you can help out.

 

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Bay Area Study and Practice Group

Chokgyur Lingpa2-1Gomde California coordinates the Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Bay Area Study and Practice Group, offering those members of the Gomde California community who live in the greater Bay Area the opportunity to study, practice, and spend time together as a sangha.  The group takes its direction from Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, and is led by our lineage teachers and Rinpoche’s senior students.  We focus on the practices that are central to Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s tradition, and which are regularly practiced at Gomde California, other international Gomdes, and at Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal.

The group meets every Sunday in San Rafael, from 10am – 12:15am.  To connect with the group, please email rybasp108@gmail.com or call Dez Kuimelis at 707-480-9961.

Everyone is welcome, we hope you can join us!

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Khenpo Yeshe teaches in Berkeley on Jan. 18th

Keno Yeshe SmallThe Awakened Heart: a Talk on the Bodhisattva Path in Tibetan Buddhism

This Sunday, January 18th, Khenpo Yeshe will teach in at the Berkeley Central Public Library.  The teaching will begin at 1:30pm and run for approximately 2 hours.

Doors open at 1pm, but that is also the time we will be able to get in to start setting up. If you can come early to help set up, the more the merrier!

 

There is no charge for this teaching, but if you would like to make an offering details are provided below.

About Khenpo Yeshe

Khenpo Yeshe is originally from the Nagchu area of Tibet. He grew up in a family of yak herders and later took monastic vows. He came to Nepal after a very long perilous journey to pursue teachings with many great teachers including Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. He is well educated in both Eastern and Western academic traditions, and is currently pursuing his graduate degree at U.C. Berkeley in the South and Southeast Asian Studies program.

Location

Directions to the Berkeley Central Public Library

We will be in the meeting room on the 3rd floor administration wing. Take the elevator to the 3rd Floor. Upon exiting immediately take a right and go through the door with the signage next to it marked “Administration. Meeting Rooms”. Continue through another door past the staff elevator. Then take a right toward the meeting rooms. Enter on your left, half way down the hall.

Here’s a library map:

https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/locations/central-library

According to the city website, meters do not run on Sunday, but of course, please double check with where you are parking. There is parking garage on the same side of the street as the library in case you prefer that.

Regarding Offerings

The library does not allow for sales or charging for events which we will not do, but of course we would like to make an offering to Khenpo Yeshe.  Because the library policy is for no money to be exchanged, it would be best if we make one offering as a group rather than making individual offerings which may be misconstrued by the library as payment.

If you would like to make a pledge of an offering before hand, you can bring it the day of and give to Claude before the teaching begins

Library announcement

“Wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is not sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. Groups and organizations may use meeting rooms when they are not being used for activities sponsored by the Library. Permission to use the meeting rooms does not imply Library endorsement of the goals, policies or activities of any group or organization. For more information on meeting rooms at the Berkeley Public Library, visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org

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Translation School Partners with UC Berkeley

Berkeley BS logoGomde California’s Dharmachakra Translation Center (DTC) has partnered with UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies to offer a Certificate of Completion to students in the Dharmchakra School of Translation at Gomde.  The faculty at the Center for Buddhist Studies has recognized the caliber of instruction offered by the DTC’s translator training program and has been impressed by the quality of students who have completed the program.  The Dharmachakra School of Translation has drawn students from all major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and has attracted graduate students from Yale University, the University of Chicago, Emory University, and UC Berkeley

The DTC and the Buddhist Studies program at UC Berkeley have a long-standing relationship. Gomde California frequently hosts the faculty and graduate students in the Group in Buddhist Studies for weekend seminars, professors from Berkeley make regular visits to Gomde and have lead programs in Gomde’s Buddhist Studies Summer Program. A number of current graduate students in Berkeley’s Buddhist Studies program are members of Gomde’s management team.

We are grateful for the support and recognition of Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies and look forward to a long, productive relationship.

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Summary of Gomde California’s Operations

Over the the coming year Gomde California will be implementing a new strategic plan that will begin an important phase of our development.  This will include a number of significant projects to improve the quality of our facilities and enhance the experience of everyone who visits the center.  As Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche often reminds us, Gomde California belongs to all of us, so as we embark upon this exciting period we look forward to your input, involvement, and support.  As an initial step in this process we want to clarify for everyone how Gomde spends the revenue we bring in throughout the year, and provide a synopsis of our annual expenses.  Please follow the link below to read a short summary of Gomde’s yearly income and expenses.  We are always grateful for any feedback you may have, so please feel free to contact us at finance@gomdeusa.org.

Summary of Gomde CA Operations

 

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Sponsor a Tent Cabin

We have embarked on a campaign to improve the comfort and experience of our guests by upgrading our tent cabins and their furnishings.  We would like to furnish all our tent cabins with wooden furniture, comfortable mattresses, linens, pillows, and an area rug.

Please help us by sponsoring an upgrade

$275 upgrades 1/2 of a tent cabin

$550 upgrades an entire cabin

All donations are welcome.  Those who donate $275 or more will receive free accommodation during one weekend program of their choosing in 2014-15.  To sponsor an upgrade, please fill out our one-time donation form and enter the amount of your donation.  Please make sure to check the box telling us that you’re sponsoring a tent cabin.

Thank you for your support!

 tent cabins

Mangla Shri Bhuti Walk-a-thon at Gomde California

temple-three-quarterMangala Shri Bhuti, the sangha of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, will be holding a walk-a-thon at Gomde California on October 12th to support Rinpoche’s  project to build the Sangdo Palri Temple in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado.  Located near Crestone, the temple is being constructed for the sake of promoting peace, compassion and wisdom in the world. For practitioners of all Tibetan Buddhist lineages, especially those who practice Dzogchen, the temple represents the Copper Colored Mountain, the spiritual domain of Guru Padmasambhava, the great Tibetan sage to whom the temple is dedicated.

The vision of Sangdo Palri was inspired by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Recognized by all who knew him as a truly caring and inspiring teacher, Khyentse Rinpoche personally blessed the land on which the Temple is being constructed.   In appreciation of his compassionate activity, we will mark the day of his passing, October 12th, with a walk to promote compassion.

The world-wide walk to support this auspicious activity on Sunday, October 12th will help raise funds for the completion of the temple, seen in the picture above.  Teams from all over the globe will be participating, and everyone in the Rangjung Yeshe Gomde community is invited to join the Mangala Shri Bhuti sangha.  We hope to see you there!

For more information please contact the organizers at snakeden@humboldt.net, or visit: http://sangdopalri.dojiggy.com/leggettca

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Tara’s Triple Excellence at Gomde California

This fall Gomde California will begin offering retreats and teaching programs in support of Tara’s Triple Excellence, an online meditation program directed by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.  This structured, step-by-step program offers daily instructions and guided meditations that provide the tools to transform stress, fear, anger and confusion into great strength, patience, kindness, and clarity.  Gomde California will support Tara’s Triple Excellence with programs on the key themes and practices from all stages of this progressive path.

To learn more about Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program and to enroll, please visit the Dharma Sun website.

You can find out about upcoming Triple Excellence programs on our main program page.  All are welcome at Gomde’s Triple Excellence retreats, enrollment in the online program is not required.

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2013 Annual Report

As Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s program at Gomde California quickly approaches, we would like to make our 2013 Annual Financial Report available to our sangha.  It has been a great year at Gomde, and we are grateful to everyone who visited us, attended programs, volunteered, and otherwise supported Rinpoche and his vision. We hope that everyone attending Rinpoche’s program will join us in discussing Gomde’s past year and future development.  If you can’t make it, please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions.  Here’s the link to the report:

2013 Annual Financial Report

 

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