Registration is now open for Gomde California’s Kumara Summer Work-Study Program. Our program, open to anyone ages 18-30, is a residential program that allows students to attend all of Gomde’s summer events including seminars with visiting Tibetan teachers, daily teachings from Gomde’s resident Lamas, and participation in a comprehensive course of study and meditation. For more information please see the Kumara Program page.
The 84000 translation initiative has just published the Dharmachakra Translation Committee’s translation of The Tantra of the Blue-Clad Vajrapani, an important Indian cāryatantra. The lead translators on the project were Catherine Dalton of Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center and Andreas Doctor, director of the Dharmachakra Translation Committee. Ryan Damron, also of Gomde’s translation center, worked as an editor of the project. The translators briefly describe the text in their introduction: “In the Kangyur and Tengyur collections there are more than forty titles centered on the form of Vajrapāṇi known as the “Blue-Clad One,” a measure of this figure’s great popularity in both India and Tibet. This text, The Tantra of the Blue-Clad Blessed Vajrapāṇi, is a scripture that belongs to the caryātantra class, the second of the four categories used by the Tibetans to organize their tantric canon. It introduces the practice of Blue-Clad Vajrapāṇi, while also providing the practitioner with a number of rituals directed at suppressing, subduing, or eliminating ritual targets.” The full text of the tantra is available in the 84000 project’s reading room.
Catherine Dalton, co-director of Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center, was recently featured on the website of the 84000 project in connection with her work on the Dharmachakra Translation Committee’s recent translation of The Play in Full, a classic sūtra on the life of the Buddha. The 84000 Project was founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with the mission of translating the entire canon Tibetan Buddhism – the Kangyur and Tengyur – into English. You can watch Catherine’s interview, which was shot at Gomde, here. The complete translation of The Play in Full, as well the Mahāmāyā Tantra and other translations by members of the Dharmachakra Translation Center, can be found in the 84000‘s Reading Room.
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is pleased to present our annual financial report. 2012 was an active year at Gomde, with many new programs launched and significant progress made towards our development goals. You can download and read the entire report here.
Lama Tsultrim Sangpo, Lama Gerry Prindiville
June 10 – August 15, 2013
This summer Rangjung Yeshe Gomde invites practitioners to engage in individual retreats in our Tent Cabin settings. This program is also suited to those who are not in the Kumara age range, or cannot commit to the one month requirement, yet would like the benefits of supported practice.
Retreats maybe personalized and solitary or participatory in the Gomde activities. Practitioners will have access, if desired, to meditation and practice support with Lama Tsultrim and Lama Gerry Prindiville, Gomde daily practices, and the Buddhist Study Program’s class on the “ A Brilliant Sun” Patrul Rinpoche’s commentary on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Kumara staff will bring meals for those who wish to minimize contact.
This offering is only for days when there are no public seminars although those who are attending seminars will have priority if they wish to remain on the land for practice.
Fee includes meals, classes, Lama support, and Tent Cabin $35/day. For those who would like to engage in service to the dharma center for 4 hours a day the fee is reduced to $20.
Please contact Ani Marcia email@example.com for reservations or more information. 707-925-0201.
On the weekend of Feb 8th Gomde again hosted the Buddhist Studies Department of UC Berkeley for the second annual Rangjung Yeshe Gomde-UC Berkeley Buddhist Studies Workshop. Organized by Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center, 25 professors and graduate students gathered at Gomde to read works from the Hevajra Tantra corpus with the renowned scholar of Sanskrit Buddhist tantra, Harunaga Isaacson of the the University of Hamburg. Workshop participants, guided by Professor Isaacson’s unique sensitivity for the material and unparalleled language ability, read from a selection of Sanskrit texts, including passages of the Hevajra Tantra and the commentaries and practice manuals of Ratnākaraśānti and Dombi Heruka. Many of the participants brought their partners and children, who were able to make the most of the land and the unseasonably pleasant weather. The rugged beauty and remoteness of Gomde provided the perfect venue to study and translate such exceptional Buddhist texts.
We have made great progress on our master plan efforts this last fall. Our first step is to secure a Use Permit and Rezoning. The Use Permit establishes what specific activities at can take place on the property and the new zoning establishes the uses and provides for the definition of such things as such as height, density, setbacks etc. We submitted out Use Permit and Rezoning Application in late December and are awaiting initial comments from our Mendocino County planner. We also submitted a fire safety permit. Jay Kilgammon, one of our members from Canada who is a fire fighter assisted us in developing a well thought out fire response and safety plan. Thank you Jay!
As part of this process we have also been in discussions with the Building Inspection Department of the County. We will have to bring the Buddha Hall up to code as a public assembly building. What this will entail is still up to discussion and review with county staff. It is safe to expect that this work will need to take place sooner than later. It is estimated to cost about $140,000.
As part of this process we must also review our status, permits and system requirements for water, septic/wastewater, and utilities. Short term improvements are likely to include upgrades to our gray water system and water treatment systems. Water storage is also likely to be needed. The exact timing of these improvements has not been determined.
Once we have an acceptable application it will be distributed to a variety of public agencies including State and Federal agencies such as regional water quality and fish and wildlife. We had a botanical survey done on the property last year and there is only one potential plant that may have any protected status. This is good news.
Our application’s main purpose is to bring the property into compliance with County requirements as they relate to our actual uses and activities as a retreat center. We have requested a small amount of new development, including the conversion of the barn into a 12 room dormitory, two new retreat cabins, and new storage buildings to replace our existing storage sheds across from the Sangha House.
Other good news is that based on a legal review of our water rights, we have established legal rights to use all of the water interchangeably on the property, i.e., springs and water from Leggett Gulch, Cedar Creek and the Eel River. Exactly what water we will use has not been determined and will be based on the “demand” the county will expect to meet our uses and activities.
The rough budget for work is as follows:
Planning Studies, Engineers, processing fees, etc.: $142,500
Water, Sewer and Utility Upgrades: $130,000
Buddha Hall Code Compliance Upgrades: $141,000
Other buildings, roads, campground, etc.: $126,000
Total Short Term Budget: $539,500
This work is expected to take place over the next five years.
The Master Plan committee consists of:
Joanne Brion, Project Manager
Shabad Khalsa, Fire, Water and Utilities
Bruce Hammond, Building Codes, Design and Septic/Wastewater
Dorje Bond, Community Outreach and Building Code/Permits
Please let us know if you have any questions. Click here to email Joanne.
Solitary retreat is an essential element for Vajrayana practice encouraged by our teachers both present and past. Rangjung Yeshe Gomde offers a serene and powerful environment blessed by many Tibetan masters for individual retreats. The blessings of our teachers and the auspiciousness of the land combine to create an extraordinary experience. Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is available for all traditions of Buddhist practice.
Retreat accommodations are available when programs are not in session. Personal retreats can range from a weekend to several months from October to May. Retreatants can mingle practice sessions with time spent appreciating Gomde’s unique natural environment. Walking trails crisscross 250 secluded acres of woods and meadows and meander along the banks of the rushing Eel River. Or you may choose to do an exclusively indoor retreat.
Click here to download an article giving clear guidelines for conducting your own retreat, by Lama Gerry Prindiville.
Click here to learn more about our retreat accommodations.
If you need a ride to or from Gomde, or you can offer a ride, now you can connect with other drivers on our Rideshare Board. Click here to go to the Rideshare Board now.
In the summer of 2012 the Dharmachakra Center for Translation and Translation Studies will run a number of events designed to promote the engaged and sustained study of all facets of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. For students of the Tibetan language the Dharmachakra Center offers the Dīpaṃkara Translator Internship Program, designed to train future translators in the skills necessary to undertake their own translation projects. The Center will continue its lecture series with two talks, Kurukulle and the Ḍākinī Tradition and a weekend program with Jacob Dalton of UC Berkeley. For more on the Dharmachakra Center and its activities, please visit the main page.