dividerThe Gyuto Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in East Richmond Heights, California, is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibet's living cultural and spiritual heritage. The Foundation supports activities dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture through teaching, hosting local University students, interfaith dialogues and cultural programs.

The Foundation also supports charity programs for the Himalayan children's education and healthcare funds, Tibetan seniors living in the Bay Area and new immigrants. 

Your contribution for the monastery is greatly appreciated. Your generosity will allow for the development of this unique facility for local community and supporters. Please visit our
WISH LIST and see if you can help us with anything.

Thank you.

Gyuto Photo Albums:
1 - Grand Opening Photos
2 -
Our Past Event Photos
3 - Our History Photo Albums

4 - Church Property before renovation
5 - Interfaith Program Hosted by Gyuto
6 - Gyuto Volunteer Party
7 - H.H. 17th Karmapa's visit photos

Gyuto Foundation Videos:
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's visit video

Gyudme Khensur Rinpoche's Continued Teachings on The Bodhisattva's Garland of Jewels:

Saturdays, April 4th & 18th at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  

We are very excited and privileged to have the former Abbot of Gyudme Tantric Monastery, Venerable Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche, teaching at the Gyuto Foundation.

The teaching The Bodhisattva's Garland Of Jewels will be given at Gyuto Foundation every other Saturday. This is a very common mind training text used by all four Tibetan Buddhist schools to teach and practice in their daily lives.

This event is open to the public and we welcome everyone to join us.
There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Ven. Khensur Lobsang JampaGyudme Khensur Rinpoche is both a scholar of great knowledge and understanding, and a holder of many traditional teaching lineages. His generous presence and contributions to the Sera Mey Monastic University have proven indispensable. A living example of Buddha's teachings, he divides his time between personal meditation, practices, and teaching a growing network of western and Tibetan students. He is highly qualified to teach on all levels of Buddhist practice and to conduct all Buddhist rituals. He regularly teaches at Guhyasamaja Center in Washington, D.C. and Do Ngak Kunphen Ling in Redding, Connecticut.                                              divider


Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

We would like to invite all community members, neighbors, and friends to celebrate our 15th Anniversary and enjoy the day on our beautiful grounds in East Richmond Heights. While visiting Gyuto Foundation, you will experience a glimpse of Tibet or "Little Tibet" in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

There will be a short prayer led by Gyudme Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche and the Gyuto monks, a brief presentation, a "Peace Walk" around the monastery, fun for the kids, and an afternoon lecture by a professor from Santa Clara University. We invite you to visit a Tibetan market and enjoy Tibetan food which will be available for sale by the local Tibetan community; all proceeds will go towards the renovation of the Tibetan community center - Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC).

This program is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Please b
ring your family and friends to this special celebration at Gyuto Foundation.

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dress & Parking:
6401 Bernhard Av
e, Richmond, CA 94805 (map here)
Only street parking will
be available. We strongly request that you carpool, as there will NOT be parking available on the monastery grounds.

Some guidlines for parking in the neighborhood:  

Please park legally. Please do not block the neighbor’s driveways
Leave sufficient room for the residents to get in and out of their driveways
Remember to always lock your car; do NOT leave valuables in sight that may attract break-ins

This will help keep our neighbors from calling the police and getting your car ticketed or towed.

Thank you for helping us keep our friendly neighbors FRIENDLY!

Dr. Pema Dorjee - Tibetan physician 
Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 13, 2015

Dr. Pema Dorjee will be offering a workshop about Tibetan medicine and will be available for private consultations. Those interested in a private consultation with Dr. Pema Dorjee, please send an email for an appointment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: (510) 926-3969

Dr  Pema DorjeeConsultations:
Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Consultation fee: $50 per person and additional fee for medicines, if needed.

Lecture on Tibetan Medicine:
Saturday, April 11

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Everyone is welcome; there is a $20 suggested donation for the lecture.

Dr. Pema Dorjee is the most senior and renowned Tibetan physician practicing today. He is the former physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Born in 1950, in Lhodak, Tibet, he fled with his parents to India in 1959, where he completed his medical training. He has been awarded many honors, including the Gold Medal and the Gem of Alternative Medicine from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine. He was elected the first chairperson of the Menpa Lhentsog (Tibetan Medical Council) and for three years served as General Secretary of the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, where he is currently Technical Adviser to their Research and Development Department. He collaborates on medical research projects around the world on the efficacy of Tibetan medicine for treating chronic illnesses such as Hepatitis C, leukemia, and other forms of cancer. He is the author of several books and articles on Tibetan medicine, most recently “The Spiritual Medicine of Tibet.”

Dr. Dorjee has visited us five times, most recently in the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2006. During these last two visits, he participated in symposia at Emory University on Mind-Body medicine.

To view his book, please click here.



Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche
Teaching on the Four Noble Truths

Guru Puja (Tsog Offering)
Tuesday, April 28, at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Four Noble Truths
Tuesday, April 28 & Thursday, April 30
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ven  Samdhong

  1. The Buddha's first sermon after his Enlightenment centered on the Four Noble Truths, which are the foundation of Buddhism. The truths are:

    The truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that frees us from suffering. 

We have very limited seating; therefore, we ask everyone to register for this very rare and profound teaching by Samdhong Rinpoche. Please send an email with number of guests attending to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A $40 donation is recommended for both sessions (or $20 each). To make donation in advance, please pay here or upon arrival. Your generosity is much appreciated. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Everyone is welcome to attend this teaching and there are no prerequisites required.

Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche was born as Lobsang Tenzin in 1939, in the Tibetan province of Kham. At age five, he was recognized and enthroned as the reincarnation of the fourth Samdhong Rinpoche. He began his monastic studies at age 12 at the University of Drepung in Tibet and eventually obtained a Doctorate in Buddhist sciences at Gyuto Tantric Monastery, Dalhousie, India in 1970. In 1959, Rinpoche fled to India to escape the repressive Chinese government in Tibet. There, he was commissioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as a teacher to monks in exile. He was appointed director of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi in 1988 and remained there until 2001. On July 29, 2001, Rinpoche was named as a Prime Minister of the Tibetan Exile Government, the first political leader to be directly elected by the people in exile.

He is an eminent and distinguished scholar, teacher, philosopher, and a life-long campaigner for Gandhian principles, especially of non-violence and peaceful resistance.

He is regarded as one of the leading Tibetan scholars of Buddhism and is also an authority on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He is fluent in Hindi and English, Tibetan being his mother tongue.

To view his book, please click here.

His Holiness Sakya Trinzin Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrakilaya Empowerment at Gyuto Foundation
Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25, 2015
Sakya Trizin
For details please visit to the Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center website: www.ewamchoden.org

Please note that Gyuto Foundation is hosting this event but all registration must be completed with Ewam Choden Buddhist CenterIf you have any questions, please contact Ewam Choden at: 510-527-7363.
Please do not contact Gyuto Foundation regarding this event.

Prayer Wheel Project

We have plans to install 365 Prayer Wheels that will surround the monastery and give eveyone an opportunity to circumambulate and turn the wheels. It is suggested that one recite the six syllable mantra - OM MANI PEDME HUNG - while turning the Prayer Wheels. When circumambulating, one can contemplate compassion and develop bodhicitta. Those who spin Prayer Wheels not only create benefit for themselves, but all sentient beings. 


We have received donations from 160 sponsors for individual Prayer Wheels for the first phase of the project. We welcome donations for the Prayer Wheel project, in any amount, but currently we are not taking any more individual Prayer Wheel sponsors. The second phase of the project, which will include the remaining 205 wheels, will resume pending approval of the building permit. 

We are also looking for donors to sponsor the printing of Compassion Buddha mantras - OM MANI PEDME HUNG - to enclose in the Prayer Wheels. We’ll need 100 boxes of printed mantras (11x17 white paper with black print) and each box will cost $150. 

In addition, a large prayer wheel has been sponsored (like the beautiful one at Land of Medicine Buddha, displayed in the photo below). It will be enclosed in a gazebo and will contain 10 billion Buddha of Compassion mantras - OM MANI PEDME HUNG - as a dedication for the benefit of all sentient beings. 
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Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers willing to help us build Prayer Wheel frame structures to enclose the small Prayer Wheels. We will buy all woods and other materials. Please let us know if you would be available to help us build the Prayer Wheel frames. (510)926-3969. 

Donations for the Prayer Wheel Project are most welcome. Any amount of donation will help us to complete the project. Construction already begun.

 Thank you and Tashi Delek.

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