Our Programs

Gomde California’s fall and spring programs provide a number of opportunities for deepening your experience and knowledge of the Dharma.  Lama Gerry Prindiville will be in residence throughout the year to give teachings on our lineage practices, lead group retreats, and offer guidance for individual retreatants.

Gomde California has developed a staffing system to encourage volunteers who would like to participate in the Gomde community and support the operation of the seminars. Many of these jobs come with discounts for those in need. Please visit the Work Exchange/Scholarship page for descriptions of the services needed.

Annual Work-Week and Right Speech Teachings

Lama Kunzang Drolma and Ani Marcia Hansen

May 25 - June 3

Please join us for our Annual Work Week. With several construction and beautification projects underway, as well as the expectation of busy months soon upon us, we’ll require as many hands as we can to build, clean, and plant our way into a beautiful summer. This will also be an opportunity to receive teachings on… more »

Intermediate Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive 2018

The Dharmachakra Translation Center

June 6 - August 10

We are now accepting applications for the Dharmachakra School of Translation’s 2018 Intermediate Classical Tibetan Intensive Summer program. Our program is designed to provide intermediate-level training in written, classical Tibetan, and advance students’ ability in the art of textual translation. It is open to students with one or more years of formal study of the classical… more »

Buddhist Studies Summer Program 2018

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

June 6 - August 10

The Buddhist Studies Summer Program is an academically accredited residential study and practice program that combines traditional and academic approaches to Buddhist Studies. Students in the program live at our remote Northern California center and participate in daily sessions of teaching and meditation led by our Lamas, teachers, and translators. Students in the program may… more »

Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo “A Gradual Path on the Heart of Wisdom”

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

June 15 - 17

We are thrilled to announce that Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will return to Gomde California this summer to begin a series of teachings on Chokgyur Lingpa’s profound terma, the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo. The root text for Gomde California’s core practices, this profound teaching of Padmasambhava offers detailed instruction on the entire Buddhist path, including the preliminary practices, the… more »

The Practice of Chöd

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

July 20 - 22

Chöd, or “cutting through,” is a profound practice that cuts to the heart of wisdom and compassion.  Traditionally attributed to the eleventh-century female practitioner, Machig Labdrön, it is prevalent in many Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Combining the view of the Prajnaparamita Sutras with tantric visualization methods, chöd is a direct meditational approach to severing ego-clinging. Chöd practice is… more »

Deity Practice

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

August 3 - 8

This year we are grateful to offer a special five-day seminar on deity yoga with our resident teacher, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo. In lieu of his annual seminar, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has urged Lama Tsultrim to teach on the profound practices of lama, yidam, and khandro, which constitute the generation stage of the Vajrayana path. Lama Tsultrim will offer detailed explanations of how these practices powerfully support… more »

“The Essence of Mind” by Mipham Rinpoche

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

August 24 - 26

We are honored to welcome Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche back to Gomde California this summer for special teachings on the pinnacle of all Buddhist views: the Great Perfection. This year, Rinpoche will teach on a profound text entitled “The Essence of Mind” by the extraordinary 19th century Nyingma scholar-practitioner, Mipham Rinpoche. This text definitively approaches mind’s… more »