Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

Job Opening: Resident Grounds Staff

Gomde California is presently looking to fill the position of Resident Ground Staff.  The ideal candidate would start in early summer and work directly with the current Grounds Resident Staff person, as a Resident Summer Staff, taking over the position starting September 1st. Duties include: Conducting and overseeing land maintenance throughout the year  Campground and… more »

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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Seminar Available Online

TUNE IN FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! The 2016 Annual November Seminar in Nepal is available online now through 11/25 via Dharma Sun. You can access these precious teachings from your home anywhere in the world To register and watch for this online seminar please visit the Dharma Sun website.

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Prayers for the Sick, Dying, and Deceased

Sponsor a Prayer for the Sick, Dying and the Recently Deceased Buddhist monasteries and Dharma communities traditionally offer prayers and perform rituals on behalf of those who are sick or experiencing trauma, as well as for the dying and deceased.  At Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California our resident monastics and staff also perform the reading of… more »

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The Third Excellence is Launched

The dedicated team behind the Tārā’s Triple Excellent Online Program is excited to announce the launch Part 1 of the Third Excellence.  This new stage of Tārā practice begins with a thorough introduction to Vajrayana, from its historical development to the crucial points of tantric practice. The daily contemplations and meditations are designed to answer all… more »

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Read Gomde CA’s 2015 Financial Report

We are pleased to make the Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California Annual Financial Report for 2015 available to everyone.  It is important to us that the entire Gomde CA community be clear on how your generous contributions and program fees are being used to fulfill Rinpoche’s vision for our center and our mission to study, practice,… more »

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Applications open for Summer Translation and Buddhist Studies Programs

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2016 Dharmachakra School of Translation and the Buddhist Studies Summer Program.  Both residential programs provide an immersive study and practice experience at our remote, beautiful center.  For more information on these programs and to apply please follow the links below.  We look… more »

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2014 Annual Report

Follow a wonderful seminar with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s program, Gomde California quickly would like to make our 2014 Annual Financial Report available to our sangha.  It has been a great year at Gomde, and we are grateful to everyone who visited us, attended programs, volunteered, and otherwise supported Rinpoche and his vision.   Please feel free… more »

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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche on Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction

Dear Friends and Sangha Members, In the aftermath of Nepal’s worst ever natural disaster, which has claimed more than 8500 lives, everyone at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery is continuing to devote each and every waking hour to helping those in greatest need and praying for all who have suffered such unimaginable losses. It is now… more »

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Use Permit Update and a Call for Volunteers: May 24th – June 2nd

We are pleased to announce that on April 16th, 2015 Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California received approval of our Use Permit to operate as a full-fledged retreat center in Mendocino County. The approval by the Planning Commission was unanimous and there were very little questions and no opposition presented. In fact we received about 50 letters… more »

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An Update on the Earthquake from Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Dear friends and Dharma family, I returned to the monastery on Friday, following last week’s devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake, to be met by my brother Chokling Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Yangsi Rinpoche and our many monks and nuns. Please know that we are praying continually for all those affected in Nepal and across the… more »

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Dear friends and Dharma family, I returned to the monastery on Friday, following last week’s devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake, to be met by my brother Chokling Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Yangsi Rinpoche and our many monks and nuns. Please know that we are praying continually for all those affected in Nepal and across the region at this extremely difficult time. I have also visited the many families still sleeping outside at night on our monastery grounds in four tented camps. Our community is suffering. Many houses have been destroyed or irreparably damaged while, for others, daily aftershocks (70 so far) have left people too frightened to return home. I am of course doeq4ing my utmost to comfort everyone as best I can, but I am also very happy to see how the monks, students and staff at the monastery are working so hard to offer guidance and assistance to all those in need. This includes providing medical care and supplying free meals from our makeshift kitchen in the monastery for all that need it. Today, I am visiting the Nagi Gompa nuns who have also been sleeping outside since the earthquakes struck. Gelong Gompa and several older houses have been completely destroyed. The main temple has been damaged in places but can be repaired while the new nuns’ quarters are undamaged. Just below Nagi Gompa, many local houses collapsed and the nuns have been working tirelessly to help those affected with food, shelter and companionship. I have received reports from Pharping that our retreat center at Asura Cave and monastery in Hetauda have some minor damage but I have requested detailed engineering reports on all the buildings at our various centers. We must identify those buildings that need to be repaired, retrofitted or demolished and rebuilt, and begin this work as soon as we can. Some buildings, such as the new college building at Ka Nying Shedrub Ling monastery, have been declared safe and are already back in use, but others, notably our main temple, may take several years to rebuild We are also faced with the major challenge to ensure the continuity of academic courses taught at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. If it is possible to run the summer intensive courses starting in June, then we will do so, once we are satisfied about the safety and security of students and staff. The Institute depends on the income from summer courses to subsidize its BA and MA courses later in the year but considerable efforts and significant costs will be involved if classes are to resume quickly. eq3
We are also doing our best to support general relief efforts in Nepal. As soon as the earthquakes subsided, the monastery's monks and volunteers, led by Phakchok Rinpoche, began purchasing food, tents and medical supplies, renting trucks and delivering relief assistance to various places including Helambu, Nuwakot, Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk, Shivapuri and Pharping.Such missions are now taking place on a daily basis, the monks demonstrating that they can move more rapidly than many relief agencies and overloaded government and army workers. Through extensive family networks in the hills and local knowledge the monks have been able to identify the areas in greatest need and get assistance to them quickly. To date around a dozen supply missions have taken place. eq1 The monastery's charitable organization Shenpen, which supports local non-government groups and schools working with the poorest, will now use funds being received from generous supporters around the world to contribute food, tents and medical supplies to these efforts and provide similar support to the Nepalese Scouts Association in Sindhupalchowk where an estimated 90% of all buildings have collapsed. There is much to be done and, while most people here are quite exhausted, their determination to help restore the monastery and provide relief to those in greatest need, is far stronger. Over the last week, many of my students abroad have volunteered to come to Nepal to help those in need and restore the monastery. They said they felt paralyzed at being so far away from Nepal, seeing all the misery and pain, and not knowing how to help. However, I have told everyone that for now the greatest service people can provide is through strong fundraising efforts. Some of our friends around the world have already begun reaching out to friends and family for donations, hosting benefit concerts and fundraising gatherings, and sharing their connection to Nepal and our community. I am very touched by their efforts and would encourage everyone who has the energy and skill to take up similar activities. For more information on how you can be active, please click here These are difficult times and we need to support each other. I rejoice deeply in everybody's altruistic efforts and it touches my heart to feel the love, care and compassion pouring in from people all around the world. Please consider providing your support by making a donation at www.shedrubfund.org. Thank you. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche