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.


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

Professor 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 »


Medicine Buddha: Door to Boundless Healing

Lama Bruce Newman

May 12 - 14

In this weekend retreat, Lama Bruce Newman will help us uncover our innate capacity for healing. Using Tulku Thondup’s book, Boundless Healing, Lama Bruce will guide us through profound meditations on the Medicine Buddha, adapted for Westerners, that nurture both health and liberation. This retreat will benefit anyone interested in healing as a means for… more »


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 »

8. Vasubandhu

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 »

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche 2013

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 »

Troma Nangmo

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

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

August 11 - 18

Gomde California is pleased to announce the dates for our precious teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s 2017 program.  We are still finalizing the details of the program, but will open registration very soon. Please mark these confirmed dates in your calendars.


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 details of the program, but will open registration very soon. Please mark these confirmed dates in your calendars.