Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

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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How to Do a Personal Retreat

Solitary retreat is an essential element for Vajrayana practice encouraged by our teachers both present and past. Rangjung Yeshe Gomde offers a serene and powerful environment blessed by many Tibetan masters for individual retreats. The blessings of our teachers and the auspiciousness of the land combine to create an extraordinary experience. Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is available for all traditions of Buddhist practice.

Retreat accommodations are available when programs are not in session. Personal retreats can range from a weekend to several months from October to May. Retreatants can mingle practice sessions with time spent appreciating Gomde’s unique natural environment. Walking trails crisscross 250 secluded acres of woods and meadows and meander along the banks of the rushing Eel River. Or you may choose to do an exclusively indoor retreat.

Click here to download an article giving clear guidelines for conducting your own retreat, by Lama Gerry Prindiville.

Click here to learn more about our retreat accommodations.

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Online Practice Program: Green Tara

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Dharmachakra Practices are pleased to offer an online meditation program based on Tara, the female buddha of wisdom in action.

Known as The Triple Excellence, this teaching describes the entire Buddhist path in gradual practical instructions. With its rich and vibrant interface, The Triple Excellence is perfectly accessible and profound for both beginners and seasoned practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. The instructions spring from the great Tibetan master Chokgyur Lingpa, who met Tara in person and received this terma teaching of deep and true meaning.

In practical steps this teaching covers all three vehicles (The Triple Excellence) from the perspective of the Vajrayana. Beginning with fundamental mind training, one proceeds to the Bodhisattva path of love and insight combined. Finally, the penetrating wisdom of the Vajrayana is introduced, culminating in the secret paths of the higher tantras. At this more advanced stage of practice, participants will receive a transmission, which includes methods that use the energies of the subtle body, and they will be initiated into the practice of trekchö or “cutting through resistance” within the primordial purity that is the nature of the mind.

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche received these teachings from H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Rinpoche is also a close descendant of Chokgyur Lingpa. This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to receive these precious teachings from an authentic master who holds a short and uninterrupted lineage of transmission.

The program will be open from January 28th, 2011 onwards.

For more information, click here.

Best Wishes
DharmaSun team

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Transcripts Now Available

In Nepal in January of 2006, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche gave two days of teachings on “The Five Powers: The Art of Living and Dying.” In preparation for Rinpoche’s teachings on the same subject at Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda CA on August 23, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery has authorized us to release the transcripts of his 2006 teachings.

Use the following links to download Part 1 and Part 2 of “The Five Powers”:

Download Part 1
Download Part 2

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In Nepal in January of 2006, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche gave two days of teachings on "The Five Powers: The Art of Living and Dying." In preparation for Rinpoche's teachings on the same subject at Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda CA on August 23, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery has authorized us to release the transcripts of his 2006 teachings. Use the following links to download Part 1 and Part 2 of "The Five Powers": Download Part 1 Download Part 2