Gomde 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 email@example.com or call Dez Kuimelis at 707-480-9961.
Everyone is welcome, we hope you can join us!
Gomde California is now hiring! We currently have a number of salaried, staff, and volunteer positions open.
Throughout the year Gomde offers a variety of short- and long-term positions that provide opportunities for individuals to offer their service at our center. Staff and volunteer positions are open to people from any background who have demonstrated ability and experience in the available positions. We are always looking for dedicated, enthusiastic, and capable people to help us run our center and create the favorable conditions for spreading the Dharma in the US.
Please visit the Staff/Volunteer page for complete information on our open positions.
Gomde 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Mangala 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 email@example.com, or visit: http://sangdopalri.dojiggy.com/leggettca
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.
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
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.