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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.

8 - Ven. Donyo's Gratitude Celebration

Gyuto Foundation Videos:
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's visit

dividerOngoing Weekly Dharma Classes and Meditation Sessions  
We are offering regular Dharma classes twice a week!
Our course offerings will be taught by Geshe Kunchok Tenzin every Sunday from 10am - 12pm which will include Lam Rim (introductory Buddhist teachings) and every Friday from 7pm - 9pm which will include a variety of advanced courses in Buddhism that have been recommended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Meditation Sessions will now be held weekly on Monday evenings from 7pm - 8pm. More information about our meditation leaders here.

Everyone is welcome. Classes and sessions are free (donations graciously accepted).

Geshe Kunchok

dividerImportant Announcement
We have some very exciting news! We are currently in a transition period with a new team of monks, including a Geshe, that have just arrived from Gyuto Tantric Monastery in India. As some of you may know, Venerable Donyo will be remaining in the area, but has retired as Director of Gyuto Foundation so that he may devote his time to a charity that is very dear to his heart - the Himalayan Children's Education and Healthcare Project (please see his personal message, which is directly below this announcement). 
Ven. Thupten Donyo's personal short message on YouTube.


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 and were approved for a building permit for the first phase of the project. We have begun construction and we welcome donations for the Prayer Wheel project, in any amount, but currently we are not taking any more individual Prayer Wheel sponsors until further notice. The second phase of the project, which will include the remaining 205 wheels, will resume after the first phase is near completion. 

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 printing mantras and we’ll need 100 or more boxes of Buddha of Compassion mantras, each box will cost $150. 

Large Prayer Wheel Project has been completed!

Our large prayer wheel has been sponsored, completed, and consecrated. It contains 10 billion Buddha of Compassion mantras - OM MANI PEDME HUNG - as a dedication for the benefit of all sentient beings. We wholeheartedly thank our sponsors and volunteers who made this project happen.

Consecration of the Prayer Wheel
Prayer WheelPrayer Wheel consecration

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Our History Since 1474

Due to the untiring efforts of enlightened leaders, scholars and translators, Buddhism was established in Tibe...

Gyuto Branches Worldwide

Gyuto Foundation, California The Gyuto Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the pr...

Himalayan Children's Education and Healthcare Project

The Gyuto Foundation recently expanded its programs to include social and charity programs to help the Tibetan...

Tibetan Community Programs

The Gyuto Monks offer a variety of services to the local Tibetan Community, such as: Prayer services at the Ce...

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Message From Ven. Thupten Donyo (Founder & former Director)

Dear Friends, I, Thupten Donyo, Founder and former Director of Gyuto Foundation would like to express my deepe...

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