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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
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
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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.

Thank you


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. 

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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 are looking for sponsors for pringing mantras and we’ll need 100 or more boxes of Buddha of Compassion mantras, 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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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.
                                                                 
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Gyuto Foundation Inc.
  6401 Bernhard Avenue, 
       Richmond Heights, CA 94805, USA
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