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.

2017 Buddhist Studies Summer Program

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

June 14 - 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. The Program consists of two… more »

2017 Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive

The Dharmachakra Translation Center

June 14 - August 10

The Dharmachakra School of Translation offers intermediate-level training in written, classical Tibetan.  Our program is open to students with one or more years of formal study of the classical Tibetan language in either an academic or traditional environment Through our partnership with Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute we are… more »

Instructions from the Uttaratantra Shastra

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

June 23 - 25

In this weekend of teachings Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will continue his exposition of the classic Mahayana text on buddha nature, the Uttaratantra Shastra.  This foundational text stands at the heart of the Great Vehicle’s teaching that each and every living being possesses a fundamentally pure awakened nature and therefore has the potential to awaken to… more »

The Practice of Chöd: “Cutting Through”

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

July 28 - 30

Chöd, or “cutting through,” is a well-known practice in Tibetan Buddhism.  Traditionally attributed to the eleventh-century female practitioner Machig Labdrön, it is popular in many Tibetan Buddhist lineages.  Combining the traditional wisdom of the Prajnaparamita Sutras with tantric visualization methods, chöd is a direct meditational approach to cutting through ego-clinging. Chöd practice is also known for… more »

Annual Seminar with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

August 10 - 18

Gomde California is pleased to open registration for our precious teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s 2017 Semniar. Full Program – August 10-18 Part 1: Gateway to Buddhist Practice – August 10-13 Following afternoon registration and dinner, the seminar begins Thursday evening August 10 with a teaching by Lama Tsultrim Sangpo. Then, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche will introduce students to the… more »

Annual Seminar with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche with Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

August 10 - 18

This is the registration page for the full program, August 10-18. Gateway to Buddhist Practice: August 10 -13 Following afternoon registration and dinner, the seminar begins Thursday evening August 10 with a teaching by Lama Tsultrim Sangpo. Then Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche will introduce students to the practice of the Buddhist path, presenting the wisdom of the Buddha’s… more »

Part 1: Gateway to Buddhist Practice

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Lama Tenzin Sangpo

August 10 - 13

This is the registration page for Part 1: Gateway to Buddhist Practice, August 10-13 only. The program begins with teachings from Lama Tsultrim Sangpo on the afternoon of August 10. Then Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche will introduce students to the practice of the Buddhist path, presenting the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible and applicable… more »

Part 2: Directly Meeting Your Buddha Nature

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 12 - 18

This is the registration for Part 2: Directly Meeting Your Buddha Nature, August 12-18 only. Rinpoche will guide students to a recognition of their buddha nature, bringing us to a fresh, direct experience of our intrinsic awareness. Students will receive guidance on how to avoid pitfalls in our meditation practice and how to apply our meditation practice… more »

The Ocean of Amrita Puja

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 13

This is the registration page for The Ocean of Amrita Puja, August 13 only. Rinpoche will lead the Gomde community in our annual ritual practice of the Ocean of Amrita, a profound practice for purifying samaya, the sacred commitments that mark our relationships with our teachers and link all of us together as practitioners in the… more »

Annual Teachings with Khandro Rinpoche

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

August 25 - 27

Gomde California is pleased to welcome Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche back this summer for her annual teachings. We are still finalizing the topic of the program with Rinpoche, but registration is now open. We will post complete details as soon as they become available. All single and double-occupancy tent cabins are now full.  If you would… more »