Annual Teachings with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche: “Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo”

  • Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Rangjung Yeshe Gomde
  • 66000 Drive Thru Tree Road, Leggett, CA 95585, USA
  • Jun 14 - 16, 2019 (3 days)
  • Camping - $390.00 Registration w/ no Lodging - $350.00 Tent Cabins (Private) - $460.00 Tent Cabins (Shared) - $420.00

About This Event

We are so very happy to announce that once again, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will return to Gomde California to continue his series of teachings on Chokgyur Lingpa’s profound terma, the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo. The root text for Gomde California’s core practices, this profound teaching of Padmasambhava offers detailed instruction on the entire Buddhist path, including the preliminary practices, the generation stage and completion stage practices, and the practice of Dzogchen. Heavy with pith instructions, the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo can only be taught by an authentic master.

These teachings at Gomde California will be truly auspicious. The illustrious master Jamgon Kongtrul, a contemporary of Chokgyur Lingpa, authored the definitive commentary on the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, a reincarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul, will offer instruction on this profound text to students here at Chokgyur Lingpa’s lineage center.

This will be the second in a series of teachings that will continue to unfold over many years. Please join us in receiving these truly rare and profound instructions. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will bestow the required empowerments for this teaching on Friday, June 14th, and will teach on Saturday (15th), as well as on the morning of Sunday (16th).

The Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel empowerment will begin at 3:00 pm on Friday. Registration will open at 11:00 a.m and close at 1:30 p.m. If you cannot make the drive to Gomde on Friday morning, we will once again offer an overnight stay option on Thursday, June 13th. Please see the additional rates for this option, which will correspond with the lodging option you select for the entire retreat.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche has clearly stated that in order to study this text you must have the Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel empowerment. You will not be permitted to receive these teachings unless you have received this empowerment in the past or receive it from Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on June 14th. No exceptions can be made. These empowerments are also required for our upcoming 35-Day Trinley Nyingpo Retreat with Lama Tsultrim Sangpo.

We look forward to having you at Gomde for what we expect to be the beginning of a series of truly profound teachings pertaining directly to the heart of our lineage.

Rinpoche will teach the commentary on the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, entitled “The Light of Wisdom Vol 1,” which can be purchased here.

Registration will open in March. An announcement will be made on Facebook and via our email list.

“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.


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

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • 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


    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


    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

      Really amazing

    Rinpoche is really amazing. He has the ability to explain complicated teachings in such an easy and beautiful way so everybody can understand. I would really recommend taking a retreat with him. If you get the chance, do it! It will definitely make a difference in the way you perceive things and will change you in a very positive way.

  • 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.

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