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 Photos
2 - Past Events and 15th Anniversary Photos
3 - Our History Photo Albums
4 - Church Property before renovation
5 - Interfaith Program Hosted by Gyuto
6 - H.H. 17th Karmapa's visit to Gyuto Foundation
Gyuto Foundation Videos:
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's visit video
Ven. Thupten Donyo was interviewed by Radio Free Asia in TibetanHere is the interview only in Tibetan
Eight Mahayana Precepts
Tuesday, June 2nd
5:30am - 6:00am
The Eight Mahayana Precepts are taken for twenty-four hours. It is especially good to take them on full and new moon days and on special Buddhist days. The essence of this practice is to be mindful of the Mahayana motivation; to take these precepts in order to lead all sentient beings to enlightenment.
Full Moon Special Puja
to Celebrate Buddha's Birth, Death and Enlightenment
Tuesday, June 2nd
7:00pm - 8:00pm
In the Buddhist tradition, this year, June 2nd is the commemoration of Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (passing from this world); it is the holiest day of the year for Buddhists around the world. It is our belief that because Buddha Shakyamuni prayed for all sentient beings to achieve enlightenment, and he achieved enlightenment on this day, the merits of our virtuous and positive actions will be multiplied 100,000 times over, especially good deeds done on the full moon of Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
The Gyuto Monks would like to ask all of our friends and members to participate in this very important occasion by making a concerted effort to take positive steps in helping others in whatever small ways possible. For instance, one could volunteer at a local shelter or soup kitchen, be a vegetarian for the month, or even for the single day of June 2nd for the sake of others around the world, assist the elderly, offer one's services to local charities, and/or spending time with the sick and home bound. These acts will benefit not only others but ourselves as well, many times over.
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. Need VolunteersWe 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.