Rangjung Yeshe Gomde was founded in 1998 by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche at the wish of his late father Tulku Urgyen, one of the great meditation masters of modern times. Our annual summer program features teachings and meditation instruction with masters from the Chokling Tersar tradition. Newcomers to Buddhism as well as long-time practitioners are welcome to join in studying, practicing and discussing the teachings. In addition to summer teachings, activities at Gomde include feast offerings and other rituals, work parties, and opportunities for individual retreat.
Gomde’s sangha or lay community extends across North America. A key component of Gomde’s vision is developing a community of like-minded lay practitioners, people who maintain their commitments to family and work as they practice the basic state as it is, wherever they are. Dzogchen’s emphasis on natural clarity and spaciousness makes it possible to mingle practice with daily life. Sitting at a red light, cooking dinner, negotiating a difficult meeting — the opportunities for practice are as limitless as life itself.
Study and practice groups in a half-dozen urban locations across the U.S. meet monthly to watch DVDs of teachings and practice specific sadhanas. Together, we are building the mandala of a lay community that extends across North America, a sangha committed to the long-term vision of Gomde as a positive force in Western Buddhism for many years to come.
Gomde is located just off Highway 101 on the outskirts of the small town of Leggett, three and a half hours drive north of San Francisco. The beautiful Eel River winds through 250 acres of woodlands, meadows and bluffs, forming several very welcome swimming holes along its course. Peaceful walking trails meander through forests of fir, madrone, redwood and oak, opening onto stunning vistas of rugged beauty.
Gomde’s remote and wild land is blessed with a natural serenity that provides inspiration for the heart and mind. As Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche said, “There are incredible dharma blessings in every particle of Gomde … Such a spot is very, very rare to encounter in the world. The environment itself brings a great deal of peace and blessings to meditators here.”
This setting of extraordinary natural beauty combines with the blessings of the lineage masters and the profundity of the teachings to create a “sublime support” for the practice and study of Dharma.