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


White Tara Long Life Initiation
Saturday, February 28th at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
(followed by The Bodhisattva's Garland Of Jewels teaching at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
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Given by Gyudme Khensur Rinpoche as part of our annual (Losar) New Year's celebration. 

In her white form, Tara embodies enlightenment energy directed at healing, peace, prosperity, long life, overcoming of obstacles, and good fortune. Everyone is welcome and it's free; however, donations are most welcome. Those who would like to take the initiation, please avoid eating black foods on this day before the initiation (meats, eggs, garlic, onions, radishes and alchohol). There are no commitments or prerequisites required; you may choose to take it as a blessing for long life and good health instead of an initiation.

This is open to the public everyone most welcome.

dividerGyudme Khensur Rinpoche's Teachings: 
Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 7th at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Saturday, March 21th 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.                                                  


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

While visiting Gyuto Foundation, you will experience a glimpse of Tibet or "Little Tibet" in the San Francisco Bay Area. There will be a talk by a professor, a peace walk, Tibetan food and Tibetan market. Food will require tickets to be purchased sold by the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC).
Bring your family and friends to this special celebration at Gyuto Foundation.

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6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA 94805 (map here)
Only street parking will be available. We strongly request that you carpool, as there will NOT be parking available at the monastery ground.

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!

365 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. If you would like to sponsor a Prayer Wheel, the donation amount is $500 per wheel. Each Prayer Wheel will have a nameplate displaying the sponsor's name or the dedication name(s) of choice.

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 1,000 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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