Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

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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3rd Annual UC Berkeley – Gomde CA Buddhist Studies Workshop

From February 7th-9th Gomde California hosted the faculty and graduate students of UC Berkeley’s Group in Buddhist Studies for the 3rd annual Buddhist Studies Workshop, which this year focused on texts from the Guhyasamāja Tantra corpus.   The group, which included Gomde’s Catherine Dalton and Ryan Damron, worked on a translation of the Sanskrit and Tibetan texts of the tantra’s 8th chapter together with the rich but challenging  Pradīpodyottana, a commentary composed by Candrakīrti.  The weekend also witnessed the first substantial rainfall in the region – close to 9 inches in three days – making it the perfect environment for an intensive period of study and translation.  As in previous years, many of the participants brought their partners and children, accenting the already cozy, familial feeling shared by the group.  All involved had a wonderful time and expressed their desire to see the relationship between Gomde and UC Berkeley continue.

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Tantra of the Blue-Clad Vajrapani Published

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: Featured Translator

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.



2nd Annual Gomde – UC Berkeley Buddhist Studies Workshop

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.

Gomde Master Plan Update

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.