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 choose to receive internationally recognized academic credit through Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute.
The Buddhist Studies Summer Program consists of two month-long sessions that focus on different elements of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. Students have the option of attending the full summer of programs or either of the two sessions. Each session includes daily teachings on a traditional Buddhist text with our resident Tibetan Lama, Tsultrim Sangpo, meditation training from Tibetan and Western Lamas who have completed the traditional three-year retreat, and daily lectures on Indo-Tibetan history and philosophy by faculty from Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies. These activities are offered five days a week, with two days off for personal study, practice, and enjoyment of Gomde California’s beautiful land.
Students enrolled in the program for academic credit must attend the full summer program. Students enrolled not-for-credit may attend either of the two sessions or the full-summer of courses.
Full tuition for not-for-credit students: $2000
Full tuition for students seeking academic credit: $2500
Session I or II only: $1250
Gomde California is pleased to announce a partnership with Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies at the Rangjung Yeshe Insitutute. Through this partnership we are able to offer internationally recognized academic credit for full participation in the Buddhist Studies Summer Program. Students seeking academic credit must enroll in the full program, and will be asked to submit periodic papers and take exams. Students seeking credit pay an additional $500 to cover administration and registration fees.
Students not enrolling for credit may enroll in the full summer program or either of the two sessions.
Program fees include attendance at all major summer programs that occur within the respective session, lodging, all meals, and participation in daily classes and practice sessions. All participants are asked to help with minor daily chores and to staff major programs, but will have ample time to engage in private study and practice.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact us.