Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

Annual Work Week

May 19-28, 2017

We Need Your Help! At the beginning of every summer, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California holds an Annual Work Week to prepare for the summer seminar season. Our Sangha is very fortunate that this year Gomde will be hosting Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, and Khandro Rinpoche. Also, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo will be leading Buddhist Studies and Individual Retreat programs throughout the summer.

Projects and Tasks we hope to accomplish this Work Week include:

  • Setting up the dining tent and furnishings
  • Cleaning the Shrine room and carpet
  • Cleaning and organizing kitchen and back porch
  • Deep cleaning Lama House and other houses
  • Work in the garden and campground
  • Setting up tent cabins with furniture
  • Starting to clean out the barn
  • Organizing the office

This year, Work Week starts Friday, May 19th in the afternoon and ends Sunday, May 28th at noon. Volunteers may come up at any time, for any length of stay, and will receive free room and board and accumulate merit. Lama Kunzang will lead daily practices during this wonderful opportunity to combine practice, work for the Dharma, and Sangha participation. Plus it’s great fun!

Those who participate for 4 days or more will be offered a 2-day personal retreat here at Gomde on the date of their choice between November and May.

For more information or to sign up please email manager@gomdeusa.org. Let us know if you have any special skills like carpentry, etc. or if there are particular projects you want to work on.

We look forward to seeing you and practicing and working together,

Gomde Staff

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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 trail maintenance
  • Clearing brush for fuel reduction
  • Planning and maintaining gardens and landscaping
  • Operating and maintaining tools and equipment
  • Maintaining roads and drainage
  • Assisting with fire management and emergency services planning
  • Overseeing maintenance of water systems, including water quality testing and tracking
  • Working as staff during programs as needed
  • Supervising Gomde volunteers on land-related projects

Qualified candidates should possess:

  • Land and garden maintenance experience
  • The ability to work independently and in groups
  • Physical fitness necessary for strenuous outdoor labor
  • Competence in water systems a plus
  • Good communication and team building
  • Basic computer skills including Word and Excel
  • Driver License and own car or means of transportation

Dharma practitioners are preferred for this position, and participation in daily group practice is highly encouraged. These are resident positions, which include room, utilities and meals when programs are underway.  Salary is dependent on skills and experience.  Free attendance at all Gomde programs and retreats is included.

Please email, Joanne Brion, Gomde Director, at jgbrion@pacbell.net for a complete job description and to request an application.

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Job Opening: Resident Land Manager

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California is looking for a residential Land Manager, opening immediately.

Duties of the Land Manager include:

  • Management of resident staff and volunteers
  • Management construction projects including contractors
  • Oversee maintenance of buildings, equipment, water systems, vehicles, etc.
  • Project planning and implementation
  • General supervision of the property

Qualified candidates should possess:

  • Management experience
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Competence in plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical, etc.
  • Good communication and administrative skills
  • Basic computer skills including Word and Excel
  • Driver License and own car or means of transportation

Dharma practitioners are preferred for this position, and participation in daily group practice is highly encouraged. These are resident positions, which include room, utilities and meals when programs are underway.  Salary is dependent on skills and experience.  Free attendance at all Gomde programs and retreats is included.

Please email, Joanne Brion, Gomde Director, at jgbrion@pacbell.net for a complete job description and to request an application.

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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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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 of our questions about visualization practice wo that we understand the importance of visualization practices and how it transforms our minds.

The practice of the Third Excellence is lead by Lama Tenzin Sangpo and Ani Choying Drolma, whose chanting practitioners follow through the practice.  Ani Choying Drolma has also recorded the Twenty-One Praises in Tibetan with a beautiful melody at a slower pace to help us become familiar with Tibetan pronunciation. Recordings of the Twenty-One Praises will also be available in English with equally beautiful melodies which we can choose to follow at a slow or fast pace.

For more information and to register, please visit the new, beautiful, and user-friendly Dharma Sun website, home to all of Chökyi Nyima Rinpcohe’s practice programs.

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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, and preserve the authentic Buddhist teachings Rinpoche offers us.  Everyone is most welcome to share their thoughts and ideas with us.

Download the 2015 Financial Report

 

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New Management Structure

Adopted by Board of Directors – February 24, 2016

There are three (3) overall management areas with existing subareas nesting under the direction of one person or director. The three directors will work as a team in managing Gomde’s operations, programs, and long-term development in a cohesive manner. Current managers of particular areas will serve under each overall director, but will still retain most of their responsibilities. Each manager will work closely with and report to the director in their area. See attached Matrix with current staffing and volunteers by main areas, and subareas. Joanne Brion also serves as Treasurer for the organization; Ryan Damron serves as Vice President and Board Member, and Rhonda LoPresti serves as Board Member.

  1. Gomde Director: Joanne Brion

Gomde Director oversees managing all staff and volunteers that live on the land, and other volunteers such as housekeeping. Management areas of responsibility include:

  • Finance and Administration, which includes Insurance, Legal, Corp documents
  • Land and Building Management/ Maintenance, furnishings, design, and equipment
  • Ratna Shop – inventor, shop during summer and weekend retreats, and online shop
  • Master Plan and Long Range Planning
  • Kitchen and Cooks – large seminars, summer programs, and weekend retreats
  • Personal Retreats
  1. Development and Publicity Director: Rhonda LoPresti

Development and Publicity Director oversees all aspects of communications, branding, messaging, advertising, outreach, and fundraising for projects and on-going operations. Management areas of responsibility include Fund Raising and Development:

  • Marketing, Branding and Messaging
  • Capital Campaign Development, and Fundraising
  • Communications and Advertising
  • Membership Development
  1. Programs, Education and Practice Director: Ryan Damron

The Program Director is the liaison with the international Sangha, RYI, and Nepal Sangha. Management areas of responsibility include:

  • Seminars and Programs, including Children’s Programs
  • Dharmachakra Translation Committee (DTC) – Translation Training program
  • Buddhist Studies Program
  • Study Weekends and Practice Weekends
  • Website, Audio Visual and Archiving, which includes archiving and video/audio production.

Click here for our Management Matrix document.

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Applications open for Summer Translation and Buddhist Studies Programs

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepRongzom1ting 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 forward to seeing you this summer.

The Dharmachakra School of Translation 2016 Summer Program

The 2016 Buddhist Studies Summer Program

 

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The annual Fall Seminar at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Kathmandu, starts on November 15th and runs for five days. Registration is open until November 25th. Click here for information and registration.