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 -
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 Tibetan
Here is the interview only in Tibetan


Gyudme Khensur Rinpoche's Continued Teachings on The Bodhisattva's Garland of Jewels:

Saturdays, April 18 & May 2 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.                                              divider

His Holiness Sakya Trinzin Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrakilaya Empowerment at Gyuto Foundation

Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25, 2015
For details please visit to the Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center website: www.ewamchoden.org

Please note that Gyuto Foundation is hosting this event but all registration must be completed with Ewam Choden Buddhist CenterIf youhave any questions, please contact Ewam Choden at: 510-527-7363.
Please do not contact Gyuto Foundation regarding this event.

Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche
Teaching on the Four Noble Truths

Guru Puja (Tsog Offering)
Tuesday, April 28, at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Four Noble Truths
Tuesday, April 28 & Thursday, April 30
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ven  Samdhong

  1. The Buddha's first sermon after his Enlightenment centered on the Four Noble Truths, which are the foundation of Buddhism. The truths are:

    The truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that frees us from suffering. 

We have very limited seating; therefore, we ask everyone to register for this very rare and profound teaching by Samdhong Rinpoche. Please send an email with number of guests attending to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A $40 donation is recommended for both sessions (or $20 each). To make donation in advance, please pay here or upon arrival. Your generosity is much appreciated. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Everyone is welcome to attend this teaching and there are no prerequisites required.

Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche was born as Lobsang Tenzin in 1939, in the Tibetan province of Kham. At age five, he was recognized and enthroned as the reincarnation of the fourth Samdhong Rinpoche. He began his monastic studies at age 12 at the University of Drepung in Tibet and eventually obtained a Doctorate in Buddhist sciences at Gyuto Tantric Monastery, Dalhousie, India in 1970. In 1959, Rinpoche fled to India to escape the repressive Chinese government in Tibet. There, he was commissioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as a teacher to monks in exile. He was appointed director of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi in 1988 and remained there until 2001. On July 29, 2001, Rinpoche was named as a Prime Minister of the Tibetan Exile Government, the first political leader to be directly elected by the people in exile.

He is an eminent and distinguished scholar, teacher, philosopher, and a life-long campaigner for Gandhian principles, especially of non-violence and peaceful resistance.

He is regarded as one of the leading Tibetan scholars of Buddhism and is also an authority on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He is fluent in Hindi and English, Tibetan being his mother tongue.

To view his book, please click here.

Thupten Jinpa, PhD (translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
How Compassion is Key to Our Wellbeing
A public talk with Q & A

Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Book-Tour Jinpa


Drawing on the revolutionary eight-week compassion training course Jinpa helped develop at Stanford and his newly released book, A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D, the longtime English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will speak on how compassion and its cultivation is key to our personal and societal wellbeing. Important focus of the talk will include how to connect with our compassionate side, have greater self-compassion, and create more calmness and sense of ease in ourselves. 

Registration required (send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)                  
Recommended $30 donation. All proceeds from this talk will go to the Gyuto Foundation.

Where: Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Ave., Richmond, CA 94805  
For more information, please call: (510)926-3969

About Thupten Jinpa, PhD
Thupten Jinpa, PhD, is a former monk and holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he also worked as a research fellow. Jinpa has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for nearly three decades. In addition to translations of numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium, Jinpa is the author of A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate can Transform our Lives (forthcoming, May 2015).  Jinpa was the principal author of Stanford University's eight-week Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). He is an adjunct professor at Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, and currently Chairman of the Mind and Life Institute. Jinpa is married with two daughters and lives in Montreal.

Copies of Thupten Jinpa’s book A Fearless Heart will be available for purchase at the talk.

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. 
LMB Large Prayer wheel 2
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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