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.

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Annual New Year’s Vajrasattva Retreat

Lama Gerry Prindiville

December 27, 2016 - January 2, 2017

Gomde’s annual new year’s retreat focuses on the deity Vajrasattva, an expression of timeless buddhahood who is closely associated with the power of purification. Through this practice we purify the accumulated effects of our negative actions, dispel our mental obscurations, and reveal our innate stainless nature. Engaging in this sustained period of practice offers an… more »

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Calm Abiding Practice Weekend

Lama Kunzang Drolma

January 27 - 29

Call Abiding (shamatha), is once of the most essential meditation practices in the Buddhist tradition.  Indispensable at every stage of the path, Calm Abiding allows us to quiet our minds so that a natural stillness and openness can unfold. During this weekend program we will introduce students to the techniques of Calm Abiding, but the… more »

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Seven Key Points for Training the Mind

Lama Kunzang Drolma

March 17 - 19

The Buddhist teachings state that the ultimate obstacle to recognizing and achieving stability in the nature of the mind is our self-cherishing.  The tradition of Lojong, or mind training, directly addresses this self absorption that lies at the root of our suffering.  One of the most profound yet accessible expressions of this tradition is The… more »

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Waking into Compassion: Understandings and Misunderstandings of Compassion in Modern Buddhism

Steve Jenkins

April 7 - 9

Compassion is the heart of the Buddhist path, it is “buddhahood in the palm of your hand.”  A deep understanding of compassion is seen to be a prerequisite for making progress in meditation and not going astray in our practice.  What can compassion teach us about selflessness, emptiness, and Buddha-nature? Does meditation necessarily lead to… more »