Rangjung Yeshe Gomde

About This Center

Located in the forested mountains of Northern California, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is a center in the Chokling Tersar lineage of Tibetan Buddhism under the spiritual direction of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Gomde California’s diverse programs present the complete Buddhist path as found in the foundational teachings of the Buddha, the Mahayana teachings on emptiness and compassion, and the profound instructions of the Vajrayana. Our remote, beautiful land offers the perfect environment for both new students and long-time practitioners to deepen their understanding of the Buddha’s teachings through study, contemplation, and meditation.

“There are incredible dharma blessings in every particle of Gomde … Such a spot is very, very rare to encounter in the world. The environment itself brings a great deal of peace and blessings to meditators here.” – Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Venue Highlights

Gomde is located just off Highway 101 on the outskirts of the small town of Leggett, three and a half hours drive north of San Francisco. The beautiful Eel River winds through 250 acres of woodlands, meadows and bluffs, forming several very welcome swimming holes along its course. Peaceful walking trails meander through forests of fir, madrone, redwood and oak, opening onto stunning vistas of rugged beauty.

We offer Summer seminars with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche and other beloved teachers. Gomde is also home to the Dharmachakara Translation Center, accredited through the Kathmandu University. DTC offers translator training and residencies.

Accommodations

During the summer, most of our guests stay in our beautiful campground. We offer quiet tent spaces and furnished tent cabins with easy access to our fully appointed bath house. We also offer limited accommodation in our River House, Gate House, Tara Cottage, and Retreat Hut, as well as dormitory style lodging in our Sangha House during the Winter months.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Reviews  
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  • Lowell Cook   July 30, 2020

      Authentic

    If you are looking for an authentic Buddhist tradition with a genuine lineage, this is it!

  • Patrick Deason   July 30, 2020

      Great teaching

    The expert way that Catherine Dalton parsed and explained the text added such richness to my understanding of the practice and illuminated the proper way to practice this text.

  • Andrew Bishop   July 29, 2020

      Skillful Offering and Blessed Opportunity

    I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity to move through this text word-by-word with Dr. Catherine. As someone with familiarity with the practice and some background in "Classical" Tibetan, I felt the course was perfectly suited for my experience. The course moved through the text at a pretty quick pace, breaking down the grammar and vocabulary of the text together with unpacking some of the broader context. I appreciated Dr. Catherine reaching out to Lama Tsultrim and other learned monastics to clarify questions and presentation of the material, and felt the pace and structure was perfect for me, who understood most of the Tibetan but benefitted greatly from a closer read and clarification on more subtle points and specific vocabulary. The opportunity to ask questions live and then practice together was also so lovely. I could really feel the community and rejoice so much in what I am deeming a "skillful offering" in what can/has proved to be constrained time. Thank you to Dr. Catherine, Rinpoche, and everyone at Gomde for helping to offer this precious opportunity to learn and practice together.

  • Molly Bogdan Dalton   July 29, 2020

      Fantastic online experience

    Dr Dalton made the experience relatable and easy for a new practitioner to follow. Highly reccomend!

  • Cecil Messer   July 29, 2020

      Treasury of Blessings

    Dr Cat D did a fine job of presenting the material. Clear and concise. Enjoyed practicing the Sadhana with the online sangha! Very skillful to include access to Rinpoche's videos.

  • Ellen Scordato   July 29, 2020

      Treasury of Blessings course w Catherine Dalton

    The material and teacher are excellent! And the presentation as well. I appreciated the text treatment onscreen very much; I like the text on bottom of the screen with a nice fade toward the top. Much more effective and enjoyable than a straight screen share on Zoom. I saw only the backs of my friends attending the course in person and it would be nice to pan around the room and see everyone once; we are a close sangha, and I like to see people’s faces. The pace of the class and the segment lengths are reasonable as well.

  • Shirley Gray   March 11, 2020

      Gomde experience

    I have been to a number of retreats and workshops at Gomde and have always come away feeling spiritually and physically nourished. (The food is really good.) For me, the Buddha Hall provides a beautiful and sacred space where I can be in contact with the traditions of the ancient lineages as well as more contemporary interpretations of Buddhist teachings. These have great and enduring value for me. The land and its non-human beings are treated with great respect. I have not camped there for many years, as I live locally and commute to retreats, but I've witnessed ongoing improvements over the years in the comfort and beauty of the camping facilities and grounds The people who carry out the mission there are kind and smart and funny and wise beyond their years. Gomde is a treasure.

  • Kathleen Susan Finigan   February 17, 2020

      LOSAR WEEKEND RETREAT, FEBRARY 2020

    As always, time at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde CA is a treat. I love the beautiful rural setting and accommodations are comfortable. Staff and meals are top notch - all provided by caring people. Teachers are always excellent as well. I love Gomde!

  • Suzanne Barrett   January 08, 2020

      Vajrasattva Retreat 2020

    I have attended this retreat in previous years and each time I find it more and more transformative. I am grateful for the teachers, the staff, the place and the sangha. We are indeed fortunate to have this opportunity to experience the dharma in such a genuine way with lamas that dedicate their lives to helping us along.

  • Stephen Barr   October 29, 2019

      My best practice retreat ever

    Many factors contributed to this great experience. The teacher, Lama Tenzin, and the practice were the core of it, of course. The other 19 participants bringing their open-heartedness and diligence was also inspiring. Meeting new friends who are on the same path is always so joyful. The food was amazing! Annie, the cook, really outdid herself. The staff made sure everyone was comfortable despite a public safety power shutdown the last 12 hours. I personally love parking my vehicle and walking everywhere. The land is so blessed and beautiful and the weather was delightful. I hope to return again and again.

  • Claire Rombslski   August 28, 2019

      Jets in KHandel Rinpoche retreat

    Check in was well organized, staff were kind and helpful, food amazing, air conditioning in Buddha hall worked well, schedule was clear, campground and bath house were beautiful. Rinpoche was treated with great reverence and the sangha behaved harmoniously. Lovely!

  • TERESA A WELLS   August 27, 2019

      Wonderful!

    Everything about the recent retreat-teaching I attended was excellent. First - the teachings by Jetsun Khondro Rinpoche were masterful. Was a blessing to be in the presence of an actual modern day female Dzogchen adept! The food was very good, another blessing b/c there's nowhere for miles around to eat. Staff were very cordial and upbeat. Next time I go I will try to reserve early so I can stay at the retreat rather than off site. That was a bit difficult and I missed a couple of important aspects of the on site experience (making connections, morning/eve meditations, breakfast, orientation, etc. )

  • Shabad Khalsa   August 26, 2019

      Khandro Rinpoche Retreat

    This retreat was great. The retreat land is beautiful, the grounds are well tended, the food was excellent, but most importantly the teachings from Khandro Rinpoche were the best available, beyond comparison. The people attending seemed quite friendly, and swimming in the river was a treat unto itself. Thank you to Gomde CA!!

  • J Beange   August 26, 2019

      Beautiful Place to Rest your Mind

    Tremendous teachers, friendly helpful staff, fantastic new bathhouse and great food. The most amazing swimming holes too!

  • Miriam Marsolais   August 25, 2019

      Perfect place to fall further in love with practice

    I attended a weekend retreat with Khandro Rinpoche. Her teachings were priceless, the Gomde staff warm and skillful, the sangha welcoming and the food great. Yeshe Gomde is the perfect place to fall further in love with Buddhist practice.

  • Dorje Bond   August 17, 2019

      July 2019

    Exquisitely detailed tantric instructions, wonderfully supportive companions and vibrant vegetarian meals with gluten free and vegan options lovingly prepared of locally sourced organic fruits and vegetables.

  • Shaina conners   July 05, 2019

      Bliss

    I just finished a retreat at Gombe California and feel the most rested I’ve been in a LONG time. I ran into a friend on my drive to the airport and she was desperate to ask me where I had been, seeing how restored and light I felt. The grounds are stunning and I slept the best I’ve slept in years. The teachings have inspired me to develop a daily practice and I can’t wait to begin!

  • Bruce Hammond   July 05, 2019

      Wonderful retreat at this Dharma center-

    It is great to bear witness to Gomde California's continuing development and improvements. I stayed in one of the single tent cabins tucked into the wooded campground, which was simple but comfortable, with a bed, a chair and a dresser. The mattress and pillow were comfortable and I slept well. The new shower house was a great improvement over the previous wood shower stalls. A real upgrade in the facilities ! The food was great too and I appreciated that the vegetables were to a significant extent local and organic. The teachings by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche were both profound and direct. A much welcomed deep drink of the path of the Dharma. The celebration this year of 21 years of incremental improvement and ever better land management bodes well for the future installation of dormitory accommodations being planned and the ever better ability to host those who would not be able to attend otherwise. I look forward to continuing my annual visits over the years ahead. Keep up the wonderful programs ! Many thanks !

  • Jennifer Lynn Spillett   June 19, 2019

      A great place for inner journies!

    My experience as a whole with the retreat was extremely powerful and transformative! Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is a very peaceful and protected place to learn and grow. The land is forested and has many spots to pitch a tent. The bathrooms and showers were very clean, the food was very delicious, and the staff were very helpful and friendly. I plan on returning as much as I possibly can!! May you too find a place to nurture and facilitate your journey along the path like Rangjung Yeshe Gomde!

  • Julie J Saraswati   June 19, 2019

      Wonderful place, wonderful teachers

    I had a beautiful weekend retreat here last weekend. If you are looking for an authentic meditation retreat, with authentic Tibetan teachers and masters, then this is the place! It is such a good fortune to have this beautiful sanctuary in the middle of the beautiful forrest, with a river nearby....just beautiful.

  • Rebecca Wood   June 18, 2019

      Idyllic retreat center

    I've enjoyed the great fortune of retreating at Gomde for the past 18 years. Its deep-in-the-woods location means pristine air and profound quiet. The facilities are all comfortable and the staff is genuinely caring. I aspire to return annually for another 18 years...and I'm now 75.

  • Julie J Saraswati   June 18, 2019

      Wonderful place with authentic teachers

    Beautiful place, right in the middle of nature and with the most amazing teachers. Real Tibetan lamas teach here, so I would totally recommend it for beginners and advanced meditators as well. It is the perfect retreat center! It is in the forrest and yet, has nice accommodation in set up tents with furniture (beds, mattress, carpets) inside the tents, wonderful and comfortable showers and toilets, so you have the retreat experience in a confortable place. Easy to reach by car.

  • Robin Sutherland   June 17, 2019

      Great experience!

    I have been coming to RYG for 15 years. This past weekend was a wonderful experience. Every time I come, I see upgrades and improvements. And things seem to be running more and more smoothly, at least from my perspective. The tents were clean and ready to go; the food was very good, as usual, and on time (of course, we were often late)..; the check in was smooth and very welcoming; and, of course, the program with Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche was very helpful. The shrine room was cool and and feast was incredible, both on Friday and Saturday nights. Thank you so much for making everything flow, and manifesting kind hearts and clear minds. I'll be back again! (And, also, I left a purple shirt in the dining room at noon. I wrote an email about it to you)...Love to all. Robin.

  • Summer Kimble   June 12, 2019

      Soto Zen Teaching at Gomde

    The Gomde California Center is in a beautiful location and has caring and conscientious staff members and volunteers. What an amazing experience. It is nestled in the forest, fields, and hills of Northern California with the crystal clear Eel River winding through the property. The Soto Zen Practice session with Ekai Korematsu Osho Roshi was an excellent experience and well-facilitated. There were clean and comfortable furnished canvas tents pre-arranged by the staff. Food cooked on the property was delicious, and hot tea always available. Although my stay was short I felt welcomed in the beginning and refreshed as I left. I would highly recommend attending an event or weekend retreat at the Gomde California Center.

  • Ana Hristić   March 17, 2019

      A home away from home

    I felt welcomed and well taken care of, in this oasis of a place. The staff, teachers, and fellow students were all engaged in clearly living out the teachings and practices.

  • Alison Pernell   March 13, 2019

      Wonderful Retreat, Loving Sangha, Beautiful Land

    The Opening to Awakened Awareness retreat with Lama John Makransky was a transformational experience. The teachings were profoundly accessible and helped me connect, through direct experience, to teachings on love and compassion. Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is a beautiful location for retreat, and I am always greeted with such warmth by the sangha.

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To find peace and renewal while going through a huge change in my life. Empty nest and the end of a 27 year marriage all at once. Susan
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.