Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

Dzogchen Meditation and Retreat Center

Programs list

Sadness, Love, Openness: The Buddhist Path of Joy

With Lama Bruce Newman

October 8 - November 26, 2020

Our teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s latest book, Sadness, Love, Openness, is at once accessible, playful, and genuine. Over the course of eight weekly online meetings, Lama Bruce Newman will unpack the richness of Rinpoche’s advice, which points to how we can incorporate daily experiences into our spiritual path and awaken to how things truly are. We’ll learn how, by embracing sadness, love, and openness in our lives, we can develop an altruistic attitude to help all beings who suffer and to reduce our own greed and aggression.

This easy-to-read manual by one of the most widely loved and respected Tibetan Buddhist teachers of our time, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, teaches us how to honestly explore and deal with our own hang-ups and neuroses. Through knowing our own true nature as aware and compassionate, we can progress, step-by-step, on the Buddhist path and use Rinpoche’s pithy wisdom along the way as a touchstone.

This course is being shared with the Gomde California community by one of Rinpoche’s most senior students, Lama Bruce Newman. Lama Bruce’s close connection with Rinpoche, and his long-time association with Gomde California, will make for a truly intimate opportunity for us to join together to cultivate the essential qualities of sadness, of love, and of openness. All classes will be presented online, via Zoom.


Course Schedule:

Eight weekly classes beginning October 8, 7-9 pm PT


Course Fee:

Recommended donation: $108 Donate Here


This course is being offered on a donation basis. The recommended donation is $108, although we encourage you to donate as you are able; all are welcome to attend, no matter your ability to financially contribute. Your support will allow Gomde California to continue to function as a home for the study and practice of the Dharma in the United States, and to provide more programs in the future.


Lama Bruce Newman
Lama Bruce Newman has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 44 years, and has been teaching for 24 years, primarily in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. He spent eleven years in India and Nepal studying under his primary teacher, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Lama Newman also completed a four-year retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland. For over two decades Lama Bruce has been practicing and teaching under the guidance of Gyatrul Rinpoche in Ashland, Oregon. He is the author of A Beginner’s Guide to Tibetan Buddhism and is a Ngondro instructor at Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda, CA, and Tashi Choling Center in…
Learn more about Lama Bruce Newman