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.

Losar “Tibetan New Year” Practice and Celebration

Lama Gerry Prindiville and Lama Kunzang Drolma

February 8 - 10

During Losar, the Tibetan New Year, it is customary for students to visit their gurus and make offerings and praises, thereby planting seeds for auspicious conditions in the coming year. In past years, Gomde California has celebrated the Tibetan new year by connecting to the Guru through the practice of the Trinley Nyingpo. This year, we will continue our practice… more »

Opening to Awakened Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

Lama John Makransky

March 8 - 10

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… more »

Medicine Buddha: Door to Boundless Healing

Lama Bruce Newman

April 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 self… more »

Buddhist Studies Summer Program 2019

Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

June 12 - August 14

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. Students in the program may… more »

Intermediate Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive 2019

June 12 - August 14

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 context. Through our partnership with Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute we are… more »

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

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

June 14 - 16

We are so very happy to announce that once again, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will return to Gomde California 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,… more »