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.

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 »

Annual Seminar: The Vajrayana in Study and Practice

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

August 3 - 8

Though Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is unable to travel to California this summer, he strongly wishes for us to continue to study, reflect, and meditate together at Gomde’s Anuual Seminar. This year’s Seminar will focus on the key points of Deity practice, the core meditation techniques of the Vajrayana. Drawing from the knowledge and experience of… 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 »