The 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.
Gyuto Photo Albums:
1 - Grand Opening
2 - Past Events and 15th Anniversary
3 - Our History
4 - Church Property before renovation
5 - Interfaith Program Hosted by Gyuto
6 - His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's visit to Gyuto
Gyuto Foundation Videos:
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's visit
Radio Free Asia's interview with Ven. Donyo (in Tibetan)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Celebration
Potluck/Picnic on Sunday, July 5th at 10:00am - 3:00pm
Please join us for a potluck/picnic to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday.
Programs: We will be conducting a few short, long-life prayers, offering incense, hanging prayer flags and offering traditional white scarves to His throne for the long life of His Holiness. We will also be showing a short documentary about His Holiness.
Everyone is welcome. If you desire, you may bring a potluck item to share, but it is not required.
Parking: All visitors, please kindly park your cars in our parking lot on Bernhard or park legally on the street. Do not block our friendly neighbor's driveways.
Schedule of Events
10:00 am Procession of HH the Dalai Lama's portrait with the monks
10:05 am Tibetan National anthem
10:10 am Offering Khatas (white scarves) to His Holiness's throne
10:20 am Long life prayer of His Holiness
10:35 am (Video) Praise to HH by Western devotee members
11:40 am (Video) Birthday song by Tibetan Children with Rev. Desmond Tutu
11:45 am Short documentary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
11:50 am Incense offering prayer
12:00 pm Hang prayer flags outside on trees
12:10 pm Tea and sweet rice
12:20 pm Lunch/potluck
1:00 pm Musical performance with different artists, including a Tibetan group circle dance. Everyone is welcome to join the Tibetan group circle dance and enjoy this day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebration.
3:00 pm End of the program
There will be a children's jump house available for the kids, but please make sure that all children are supervised by a parent. Please be aware that there is poison oak around the property. As a precaution, please do not let children touch any of the greenery around the property.
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.