Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

January 12th, Day of Contemplation

Lama Kunzang will facilitate a day of contemplation and meditation at Gomde California on Sunday, January 12, 2020. This is a free, non-residential program.

Each session will consist of a short introduction to a fundamental Buddhist subject, followed by ten minutes of contemplation, 30 minutes of sitting meditation, and 20 minutes of walking meditation.

The first session of the program will begin at 9:30 a.m.

We will break for lunch around noon. Please bring your own lunch. After lunch, we will continue with further sessions until 3:00 p.m.

Come whenever you can; stay as long as you’d like; participate as much as you prefer.

Everyone is welcome to stay for Guru Rinpoche’s Concise Daily Practice in the evening.

For more information contact Lama Kunzang at 707 601-1387 or Anikunzang@yahoo.com
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde at 707 498-6605 or information@gomdeusa.org

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December 8th: Day of Contemplation and Meditation

Lama Kunzang will facilitate a day of contemplation and meditation at Gomde California on December 8th, 2019.  This is a free, non-residential program.
The first session of the program will begin at 9:30 am and will consist of a short introduction to a fundamental Buddhist subject, followed by ten minutes of contemplation, 30 minutes of sitting meditation, and 20 minutes of walking meditation.
The next session will begin with a short discussion followed by another round of formal contemplation, sitting meditation, and walking meditation.
We will break for lunch around noon. Please bring your own lunch.
After lunch, we will continue with further sessions until 4:00 p.m.
Come whenever you can; stay as long as you’d like; participate as much as you prefer.  All are welcome to stay for Guru Rinpoche’s Concise Daily Practice at 4:30.
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Garberville Meditation and Book Group

Dear local Gomde California community members,

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde CA sponsors a meditation and book group in Garberville every Tuesday evening with Lama Ani Kunzang. We meditate together for 30 minutes, followed by reading and discussion of a Dharma book.  Everyone regardless of meditation experience and/or religious affiliation is welcome.  Meditation instruction is available for beginners.  At present we are reading “The Joy of Living” by Mingyur Rinpoche.  Our next book will be “In Love with the World,” also by Mingyur Rinpoche.

Date:  Every Tuesday

Place: Garberville Dharma Center – 434 Maple Lane Garberville, CA

Time:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

For more information contact Lama Ani Kunzang at 707 601-1387 or Anikunzang@yahoo.com

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We Are an Extension of Our Spiritual Home

Dear Gomde California Sangha,

I have the pleasure of writing to you after spending an extraordinary few months at our Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Boudhanath. During my time in Nepal I was able to meet with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche to assist Gomde California, as well as witness a glimmer of the activity that issues forth from our main monastery to touch the world. Rinpoche kindly asked that I share with you some photos from the monastery, as well as a few personal insights, so that we might all take joy in the goodness of the community we support and of which we are a part. There is much to say, but I believe it all comes down to acknowledging love and wisdom.  Read more and view photos…
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Your Spiritual Care Directive

A Three-night Live Online Discussion
 with Rhonda LoPresti and Lama Kunzang
Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 18   –  7:00pm – 8:30pm PST
online via Zoom Meeting
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde CA is hosting a special 3-night live discussion on writing your Spiritual Care Directive. As practitioners, our path in preparing for dying and death is unique and deliberate. Preparing this document in advance allows us to share our personal dharma wishes and instructions for the time of our death when we may not be able to advocate or speak for ourselves, and serves as an act of kindness to our loved ones. Together we will discuss and explore the following topics:
  •   Dharma Dying Vision – Clarifying what we believe about the process of dying and transition through and after death, including our values and expectations.
  •   Dharma Friends – Identifying those who will support our vision when we are at our most vulnerable.
  •   Dharma Box – Assembling ritual items that support our process, practices, and aspirations.
  •   Dharma 3-Day Vigil – Instructions for the in-home funeral and disposition of the body.
  •   Dharma Will – Instructions on what to do with our dharma possessions, and requests for dedications and sponsorship of prayers, etc.
These 3 ZOOM call nights will be hosted by Rhonda LoPresti and Lama Kunzang of RYG CA, and are complimentary. Anyone is welcome to attend.  Please email Rhonda at rhonda@peacefully-prepared.com  to receive a PDF of the Spiritual Care Directive template, the dial-in number for the ZOOM call and instructions on how to join our private Facebook page.
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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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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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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.