The Gyuto Foundation 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.
Gyuto Photo Albums:
1- Grand Opening Photos
2- Our Past Event Photos
3- Our History Photo Albums
Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche will be teaching
Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, 2014
We are very happy to announce that Gelek Rimpoche will be offering a teaching at the Gyuto Foundation. This event is being co-hosted by Jewel Heart, and the topic of the teaching will be Good Life, Good Death, based on Rimpoche's book. This special two-day weekend dedicated to recognizing the richness life has to offer us - from the opportunities and obstacles we meet every day, to how these experiences inform our death and future lives. Rimpoche will delve into how our reliance on compelling emotions like anger, obsession, jealousy and pride is intricately connected to our past as well as our future. Please join us for this unique opportunity, amid our busy daily lives, to learn and practice Dharma with Gelek Rimpoche.
Registration is necessary and the cost is $120 per person. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. We understand that not everyone may be able to afford this cost; please know that you are still welcome and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Saturday and Sunday schedule:
8:30 am - 9:30 am: Guided meditation
9:30 am - 10:00 am: Break
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Teaching session
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Discussion group
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Break
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Teaching session
*Please note that we will not be providing breakfast or lunch, but there are a variety of restaurants located nearby.
Good Life, Good Death is available in paperback and e-book. Paperback copies will be available during the weekend. To order e-books, visit Amazon, i-books, and Barnes & Noble. (Note spelling "Gehlek").
Gelek Rimpoche will be available for book signing at close on Sunday.
Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we get there? Many have asked these questions, and many have attempted to answer them. But there is another question Good Life, Good Death asks us to contemplate: how does the idea of life after death affect how we live our lives? Gelek Rimpoche tells stories of the mystical Tibet he lived in, as well as the contemporary America he is now a citizen of, and shares the wisdom of the great masters. He asks us to open our minds and see if we can entertain a bigger picture of life after life, even for a moment. He makes the connection between powerful emotions such as anger, obsession, jealousy and pride, and our past as well as our future.
Prayer Wheel Project
We have plans to install 300 small Prayer Wheels that will surround the monastery and give members 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 150 sponsors for individual Prayer Wheels at $350 per wheel. Each Prayer Wheel will have a nameplate displaying the sponsor's name.
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 250 boxes of printed mantras (11x17 white paper with black print) and each box will cost $110.
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. Currently, we are in the process of getting the building permit; once the permit is granted we will begin the construction. We will be looking for volunteers willing to help us build Prayer Wheel frame structures to enclose the small Prayer Wheels. 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.
Buddhist pilgrimage to India, Nepal, and Bhutan in November 2014
Buddhist pilgrimage to India and Nepal November 1st - 15th, 2014. We are also organizing a first time Bhutan & Sikkim tour right after the pilgrimage November 15th - 23rd, 2014. Please note that the Bhutan & Sikkim tour is not part of the pilgrimage. A short video (WALK WITH THE MASTERS) - the story of the sites of the Buddha.
Venerable Thupten Donyo, Director of the Gyuto Foundation, is organizing a Buddhist pilgrimage to Nepal and India taking place in November 2014. Ven. Thupten Donyo will be leading the pilgrimage with prayers and this will be his fifth trip with Gyuto members and friends.
A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place as an act of devotion and faith. Many enlightened beings have advised to visit the place where the Buddha was born, the place where the Buddha attained Enlightenment, the place where he preached the first teaching, and where he passed away into Mahaparinirvana.
During the pilgrimage we will visit the major holy sites of the Buddha such as: Lumbini - birthplace of Buddha, Kushinagar - where Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana, Rajgir - where Buddha gave teachings on the Heart Sutra, Varanasi - where Buddha preached his first discourse, and finally Bodh Gaya - where Buddha attained enlightenment. We’ll also visit the Taj-Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Please see below for the complete list of sites and the corresponding itinerary.
Thank you and Tashi Delek.