Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

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.

Opening to Awakened Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

With Lama John Makransky

March 6 - 8, 2020
Join the developer of Innate Compassion-Wisdom Training (ICT), Lama John Makransky, in deepening the experience of our innate awakened capacity. In this practice, we become receptive to the unconditioned openness, compassion, wisdom, and peace of our buddha nature by participating in a field of unconditional love for self and others. Parts of us, often unconsciously, prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to the qualities of awakening. This can impede even long-time practitioners from much fuller access to awakened awareness. With newly developed elements of ICT, Lama John will show us how the compassionate, healing powers of our buddha nature…

Awakening Body, Speech & Mind: A Meditation Workshop

With Lama Bruce Newman

March 27 - April 1, 2020
Join us as Lama Bruce Newman helps us develop skill in navigating the turbulent seas of our emotions by using greater awareness of body, speech and mind. Our workshop will be loosely based on Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Emotional Rescue and enhanced with additional sources. We will explore bringing awareness into all aspects of our lives: body, speech, mind, and perception while still and moving. We will have guided meditations, free time for more individual explorations, and discussions and interviews to clarify and deepen our practice. Awakening Body, Speech & Mind will unfold over two phases: the stand-alone weekend workshop, followed…

Summer Seminar

With Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

June 5 - 12, 2020
Gomde California is delighted to announce that Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche will return to Gomde from Friday, June 5th to Friday, June 12th, 2020. During his stay, Rinpoche will lead our annual Summer Seminar, which has for years provided both new and seasoned students a complete introduction to the essence of the Buddha's teachings. Once again, Rinpoche will lay the firmest of foundations upon which we can develop as authentic practitioners. At the same time, we will be introduced to the pinnacle of the Buddhist wisdom tradition, Mahamuda and Atiyoga, through which our whole path can effortlessly unfold. We share these…

Annual Teachings with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche: “Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo”

With Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

July 3 - 5, 2020
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will return to Gomde California in July to continue his 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 generation stage and completion stage practices, and the practice of Dzogchen. This year Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of the secret cycle of Chokgyur Lingpa’s four Tukdrup practices. Registration for these teachings will open March 18th.

Vajrakilaya Retreat

With Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

July 9 - August 3, 2020
Following the success of last summer's 35-Day Trinley Nyingpo Retreat, this year Lama Tsultrim will guide us in yidam practice in a nearly month-long retreat on Vajrakilaya (Sangtik Phurba), the embodiment of enlightened activity. This will be the second of three years of successive retreats on the Three Roots: guru, yidam and dakini. Our land will close for this period so that our retreatants can focus on this precious opportunity to delve deeply into sadhana practice. Registration for this retreat will open March 18th.

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche: “The Inexpressible, Ultimate Confession”

With Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

August 28 - 30, 2020
This year Khandro Rinpoche has kindly agreed to illuminate the profound meaning of the Yeshe Kunchok, otherwise known as “The Inexpressible, Ultimate Confession.” In the Vajrayana, confession is an essential method of repairing and maintaining the purity of our samayas, the wisdom precepts that have been transmitted to us by our kind gurus. This text serves to remind us of the essential view and conduct that a Vajrayana practitioner should maintain. With her penetrating wisdom, Khandro Rinpoche will allow us connect with this practice in a fresh and holistic way, and thus help us care for the very life force…
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. [rs_programs]