As the North American home of the teachings of the Chokling Tersar lineage, Gomde California has a vital mission. In response to Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s wish to create a place of study and practice in Northern California, and to expand translation activity so that the full body of Tibetan sacred texts is available in English and other languages, the Sangha of Gomde California is devoted to sustaining and developing our 250-acre retreat land.
We appreciate any help you have to offer, whether it be donated materials, volunteer time, or financial contributions. There are several ways to donate, including by check, credit card, and paypal. RYG CA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Taxpayer ID number 95-4619361. All financial contributions are fully tax deductible and will be acknowledged as such.
Through successful approval of our Use Permit (Phase I) and current master plan, our upcoming development stages are leading us straight into our 20-year anniversary in 2018! Capital projects are divided into five phases and we are targeting completion of Phase II and III by 2018 as our offering to the three jewels.
Phase II – Entrance Gate, Storage Building, Campground Improvements, and Facility Improvements. With a total project cost of $188,300, Phase II is 59% funded and 15% complete. Projects are underway! Targeted completion is year-end 2016 with a remaining cost of $76,600.
Phase III – New Translation Center, New Dining Structure and Design, and Engineering for the Dormitory. The New Translation Center will be a satellite center to the internationally recognized Dharmachakra Translation Committee based in Kathmandu, Nepal. This center is essential to the translation training program which houses and equips our translation projects, hosts our resident translators and interns year around, and supports our summer Buddhist Studies program. A new permanent Dining Structure, with concrete foundation, roof, removable walls, electricity and heat will allow us to operate year-round and expand programs during the fall, winter, and spring months. We will also embark on the design and engineering work for the new Dormitory. Development of the New Translation Center is targeted for Spring 2017 and the new Dining Structure by the summer of 2018 as a 20-year anniversary present to Rinpoche. Phase III is estimated to cost $405,000. We are expecting 62% of these costs to be funded by members’ estates due to Legacy Planning leaving a remaining need of $154,500 in donations.
Phase IV – Buddha Hall Renovation, Campground Bathhouse, and New 20-Room Two-Story Dormitory. Targeted commencement summer 2018 with an estimated construction cost of $2.7 million.
Phase V – Temple, New Commercial Kitchen/Dining Hall, and Staff Housing. This phase concludes our long range development plan, and requires a General Plan Amendment and new zoning. Estimated cost: $5 million.
The completion of the planned development projects depends entirely on the generosity of committed supporters. Retreat fees comprise a portion of our annual operating budget, and charitable gifts make up the rest. Your act of kindness and generosity will make a significant and increasing impact on securing the Buddhadharma for generations to come.
Monthly Donor Support
As a monthly donor, you provide the financial foundation that allows Gomde California to count on reliable and consistent annual support. Our monthly operating costs are over $10,000 per month, on average. Gomde California sustains stewardship of 250 acres of land and multiple facilities, sponsors high lama retreats and travel costs, food, utilities, staffing, significant offerings to our teachers and currently sends $500 per month to Nepal for the post-earthquake reconstruction “Pledge to Rebuild Campaign.” Administered by devoted and efficient volunteer managers, staff costs are kept limited to cooks, translators, and resident staff. Retreat fees comprise less than 50% of our annual operating budget, and monthly donations and gifts make up the rest. Let us join in solidarity and create an assembly of $54 per month supporters of Gomde California. To celebrate this assembly, monthly donors will receive the DTC’s recent translation, A Practice of Padmasambhava, in celebration of Guru Rinpoche’s birthday year and in appreciation of the Dharmachakra Translation Committee’s activity.
It is easy and profoundly important to express your end-of-life wishes close to your heart. Remembering Gomde California in your will, living trust and memorial instructions is one of the kindest ways to make a timeless and significant impact on the mission you believe in. The teachings put us in direct contemplation of our impermanence, and by taking this to heart we can plan during peaceful times so that our wishes are clearly followed by those who love us. With your Legacy Gift, your memory will become part of Gomde California’s long history. Careful estate planning not only perpetuates your values and wishes and it can preserve your wealth and lower estate and income taxes for your loved ones. Join our Board of Directors in reviewing your estate planning this 2016 year and consider the following:
- Remember Gomde California in your Will or Living Trust
- Consider bequeathing property, stock, retirement accounts, insurance, and dharma items to Gomde California
- Propose charitable memorial gifts be given to Gomde California in lieu of flowers.
If you have general questions about donations or supporting Gomde California, please contact Rhonda LoPresti, Development Committee at 619-200-5433 or Rhonda@peacefully-prepared.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make checks payable to Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California (or simply RYG CA), and mail to:
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California
P.O. Box 162
Leggett CA 95585