Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

Six Bardo Teaching: Free Online Group

We are offering a free online video presentation of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Six Bardo Teachings presented in 1999 at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The teachings will be presented in 7 sessions via Zoom on Monday nights at 7:00 – 8:15pm Pacific Time starting on September 17 and meeting every other Monday for seven weeks (9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10).

Each session will include 30-35 minutes of video followed by live participant discussion.  The sessions will be hosted by Lama Ani Kunzang and Rhonda LoPresti.  These teachings are timeless and precious Tibetan Buddhist instructions that help us not only prepare for the process of dying and the experiences we may encounter in the Bardos, but also to take to heart the preciousness of human existence, and to contemplate impermanence, karmic cause and effect, and the suffering of samsara.

For more information, or to register for the class and receive the conference access code, please email Rhonda at  Rhonda@peacefully-prepared.com

Donations to Rangjung Yeshe Gomde CA are gladly accepted in support of the archiving efforts that make these treasured teachings available online at  https://donorbox.org/sharing-gomde-california-s-20-years-of-teachings

 

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Please Help us Hang Flyers

Dear Sangha,

We have a new batch of flyers to hang up for our upcoming programs with Lama Tsultrim Sangpo, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. We depend on volunteers to put of flyers in your community.

Below you’ll find links to shareable and printable flyers. Please print in high resolution.

We will also happily send you some very nicely printed flyers. Email tobin@arcatamassage.com.

Lama Tsultrim Sangpo Flyer

Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche Flyer

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Flyer

Thank you,

Tobin Rangdrol, Gomde Communications Manager

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Practice Days with Lama Kunzang

 

Listed below is the practice schedule for our Daily Practices and Special Practice Days. All are welcome to attend.

Daily Practices
8 am – Treasury of Blessing Practice (Shakyamuni Practice)
5:30 pm – Concise Daily Practice (Guru Rinpoche Practice

Special Practice Days
Tsoks  will take place at 5:30 with evening practice.
Additional practices on the full moon and new moon will be included in the morning practice.

Friday Jan. 26 
Guru Rinpoche Day Tsok

Wednesday Jan. 31  
Full Moon/Blue Moon
Sutra recitation, observation of the Mahayana precepts (sojong) and confession (narak)

Saturday Feb. 10  
Dakini Day Tsok

Thursday Feb. 15 
New Moon
Sutra recitation, observation of the Mahayana precepts (Sojong) and Calling the Guru from Afar

Sunday Feb 25 
Guru Rinpoche Day Tsok

Thursday March 1 
Full Moon and Anniversary of Milarepa
Sutra recitation or recitation of Milarepa’s song, observation of the Mahayana precepts (sojong) and confession (nary)

Sunday March 11
Dakini Day Tsok

Saturday March 17
New Moon
Sutra recitation, observation of the Mahayana precepts (Sojong) and Calling the Guru from Afar

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A Warm Letter from our Executive Director

Dear Sangha,
Peace has settled over Gomde California this New Year’s Day. The trees around the Buddha Hall just barely sway in the grey light, deer pick their way quietly through the meadow around the Wisdom Garden, and seventeen practitioners one-pointedly chant down in the heated shrine room. We have just sealed our annual Vajrasattva retreat boundary with Lama Gerry, and we are all deeply delighted to be here…Read More.
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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 names of those in need of healing, who are in the process of dying, or who have recently passed away.  The reading of names is included in our evening meditation session so that the merit from our communal practice may aid those in need, as well as their families and loved ones.  Names remain on the prayer list for as long as needed, and in the case of those who have recently passed, for the traditional 49 days following death.

For more information on how two add someone to the prayer list or sponsor pujas on their behalf, please visit the Prayers and Offerings page.

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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche on Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction

IMG_0594-edit-small2Dear 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 than a month since the first earthquake struck and we are still providing shelter for the many local families made homeless and have distributed tons of food, tents, tarpaulins and medicines to people living in the hardest hit districts. Our monks’ and nuns’ local knowledge and special scouting missions have allowed relief supplies to be directed where they are most needed, quickly and efficiently.

Earlier this week we launched the second phase of our relief efforts intended to provide more than one thousand families with corrugated roof sheeting to help build shelters before the monsoon rains hit next month. All of these efforts would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of so many friends and supporters around the world and I would like to thank each and every one of you who have sent their best wishes and contributed financially.

With the monastery’s relief efforts now fully underway, and soon to be taken over by more specialized development agencies, the time has now come for us to reflect on our own circumstances. As you may know, many of buildings at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Nagi Gompa Nunnery and neighboring Gelong Gompa were severely damaged during the earthquakes and must now be repaired or rebuilt. Among these, the great main temple at Ka-Nying monastery is severely damaged and must now be taken down.

While this will be extremely painful for everyone involved, it also presents us with an important opportunity. When the monastery was first built over forty years ago, we were all newly arrived refugees from Tibet and could not afford to buy high quality materials. Nor did we have experts on hand to guide us on earthquake resistant buildings. Now we have an opportunity to correct these shortcomings.

The main temple is where the Buddha’s teachings are housed and serves as the spiritual home for all those connected with our lineage. So many great masters blessed this building through their teachings, meditation instructions and empowerments. As a result, a vast number of people were helped at a deep personal level and we should all celebrate such a wonderful success. The temple did a truly excellent job! It’s rebuilding will take time, but it can be done, and we can now make it large enough to accommodate the ever g.rowing number of aspiring monks wishing to join he monastery.

Since the monastery is such an important center for Buddhism, we are now inviting all those with a sincere interest in Lord Buddha’s teachings to offer their assistance with our rebuilding efforts. If you are able to assist, please consider making a donation at www.shedrubfund.org. Working together, we will soon rebuild this precious Dharma seat – the source of so many blessings and profound activities! Thank you.

With love and blessings,

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

If you have any questions about our relief efforts please contact Shenpen’s project officer Joseph Faria at earthquakerelief@shenpennepal.org.

For further information on the rebuilding of our monasteries and nunnery, please contact SDF’s secretary Greg Whiteside at reconstruct@shedrubfund.org

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Translation School Partners with UC Berkeley

Berkeley BS logoGomde California’s Dharmachakra Translation Center (DTC) has partnered with UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies to offer a Certificate of Completion to students in the Dharmchakra School of Translation at Gomde.  The faculty at the Center for Buddhist Studies has recognized the caliber of instruction offered by the DTC’s translator training program and has been impressed by the quality of students who have completed the program.  The Dharmachakra School of Translation has drawn students from all major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and has attracted graduate students from Yale University, the University of Chicago, Emory University, and UC Berkeley

The DTC and the Buddhist Studies program at UC Berkeley have a long-standing relationship. Gomde California frequently hosts the faculty and graduate students in the Group in Buddhist Studies for weekend seminars, professors from Berkeley make regular visits to Gomde and have lead programs in Gomde’s Buddhist Studies Summer Program. A number of current graduate students in Berkeley’s Buddhist Studies program are members of Gomde’s management team.

We are grateful for the support and recognition of Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies and look forward to a long, productive relationship.

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Sponsor a Tent Cabin

We have embarked on a campaign to improve the comfort and experience of our guests by upgrading our tent cabins and their furnishings.  We would like to furnish all our tent cabins with wooden furniture, comfortable mattresses, linens, pillows, and an area rug.

Please help us by sponsoring an upgrade

$275 upgrades 1/2 of a tent cabin

$550 upgrades an entire cabin

All donations are welcome.  Those who donate $275 or more will receive free accommodation during one weekend program of their choosing in 2014-15.  To sponsor an upgrade, please fill out our one-time donation form and enter the amount of your donation.  Please make sure to check the box telling us that you’re sponsoring a tent cabin.

Thank you for your support!

 tent cabins

Tantra of the Blue-Clad Vajrapani Published

The 84000 translation initiative has just published the Dharmachakra Translation Committee’s translation of The Tantra of the Blue-Clad Vajrapani, an important Indian cāryatantra.  The lead translators on the project were Catherine Dalton of Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center and Andreas Doctor, director of the Dharmachakra Translation Committee.  Ryan Damron, also of Gomde’s translation center, worked as an editor of the project.  The translators briefly describe the text in their introduction: “In the Kangyur and Tengyur collections there are more than forty titles centered on the form of Vajrapāṇi known as the “Blue-Clad One,” a measure of this figure’s great popularity in both India and Tibet. This text, The Tantra of the Blue-Clad Blessed Vajrapāṇi, is a scripture that belongs to the caryātantra class, the second of the four categories used by the Tibetans to organize their tantric canon. It introduces the practice of Blue-Clad Vajrapāṇi, while also providing the practitioner with a number of rituals directed at suppressing, subduing, or eliminating ritual targets.” The full text of the tantra is available in the 84000 project’s reading room.

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Catherine Dalton: Featured Translator

Catherine Dalton, co-director of Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center, was recently featured on the website of the 84000 project in connection with her work on the Dharmachakra Translation Committee’s recent translation of The Play in Full, a classic sūtra on the life of the Buddha.  The 84000 Project was founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with the mission of translating the entire canon Tibetan Buddhism – the Kangyur and Tengyur – into English.  You can watch Catherine’s interview, which was shot at Gomde, here.  The complete translation of The Play in Full, as well the Mahāmāyā Tantra and other translations by members of the Dharmachakra Translation Center, can be found in the 84000‘s Reading Room.

 

 

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Catherine Dalton, co-director of Gomde's Dharmachakra Translation Center, was recently featured on the website of the 84000 project in connection with her work on the Dharmachakra Translation Committee's recent translation of The Play in Full, a classic sūtra on the life of the Buddha.  The 84000 Project was founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with the mission of translating the entire canon Tibetan Buddhism - the Kangyur and Tengyur - into English.  You can watch Catherine's interview, which was shot at Gomde, here.  The complete translation of The Play in Full, as well the Mahāmāyā Tantra and other translations by members of the Dharmachakra Translation Center, can be found in the 84000's Reading Room.