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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 - Foundation's Grand Opening
2 -
Past Events and 15th Anniversary
3 - Recognition Awards
4 - Our History photos on Facebook

5 - Church Property before renovation
6 - Interfaith Program Hosted by Gyuto
7 - His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's visit to Gyuto

Gyuto Foundation Videos:
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's visit
Radio Free Asia interview Ven. Donyo about Gyuto Foundaion (in Tibetan)
Radio Free Asia's interview with Ven. Donyo (in Tibetan)  

Important 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). Venerable Donyo will be making the official announcement at a Gratitude Party & Retirement Celebration , in which he is inviting members and friends to join us at Gyuto Foundation so that he may introduce the new Manager/Director, Geshe and monks. 

Ven. Thupten Donyo's personal short message on YouTube.
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Please join us! 

Gratitude Party & Retirement Celebration
Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Talk by Ven. Thupten Donyo: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Thanking Ceremony: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

There will be children's bounce house for them to enjoy and Dharma books and other beautiful Dharma items will be for sale for to help raise funds for the Foundation's Roof Project.
Please invite your family and friends to enjoy this celebration.
Please be mindful of parking; do not obstruct or block our friendly neighbor's driveways.
Thank you.

dividerOngoing Weekly Dharma Classes offered at Gyuto

Beginning  September 11th, we will be 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. 
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Venerable Khensur Ngawang Jorden Rinpoche
(Prior Abbot of Gyuto Monastery and current Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery)
Ven Ngawang Jorden Rinpoche
Chenrezig Empowerment
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Song of the Four Mindfulnesses Teaching
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All are welcome. No registration or pre-requisites required, but if you will be taking the empowerment, please do not eat any "black foods" (eggs, meat, garlic, onions, or alcohol) the morning before the empowerment. 

For more information about Rinpoche, please click here.
Special Message from Ven. Thupten Donyo

Greetings and Tashi Delek,

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of all Venerable monks of Gyuto Monastery, to sincerely thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his blessings and his tireless effort to bring peace, happiness and religious harmony throughout the world.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the supporters; because of their generous contributions, I'm very happy and proud to say that the Gyuto Foundation is now well established.

I also would like to thank all the members of the community who helped us in creating a beautiful Dharma Center here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Today, I have special news for you:

At the end of 2016, after 15 years of serving as Director, I'm officially handing over the management of the Foundation to the main Gyuto monastery in India, because I want to focus more on supporting our Himalayan Children's Education and Healthcare Project.

Many of the children in the Himalayan regions can't afford to go to High School or College. Many children in that region don't even have a single toy to play with.

Therefore, from now on, I want to dedicate my life for the benefit of the Himalayan children.

I thank you all for your continued support of the Gyuto Foundation.

Again, I wish you all very well and have a wonderful, Happy New Year with your family and friends.

Thank you and Tashi Delek,
Venerable Thupten Donyo
Monastery Roofing Project Please donate (here).

 We have a humble request for all of our friends. Since moving to our new location in Richmond, we've completed all major renovations, except for replacing the 45 year old roof on the monastery. Last winter we had leaking from the roof, and we are expecting more leaks this winter. We would very much like to request that our members and friends help us in raising funds to replace the roof before the rainy season arrives.

We have consulted with several roofing companies, and they suggested that we replace the roof as soon as possible. According to estimates provided by two roofing companies, the cost will be $45,000 - $60,000 to replace it in entirety. We are so grateful for the generous support from all of our members and friends throughout the years and would greatly appreciate donations, in any amount, to help with these final renovations.
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All donations are tax-deductible.
Please donate here. Thank you very much.

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
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Ven. Donyo will be leading a Buddhist Pilgrimage to India in 2016

A short video (WALK WITH THE MASTERS) -the story of the sites of the Buddha.

Registration in now closed. 
Venerable Thupten Donyo, Director of the Gyuto Foundation, is organizing his sixth Buddhist pilgrimage to India and Nepal that will take place October 29th - November 15th, 2016 (2 separate tours: Northern India & Southern India) - choose one or both tours. Ven. Donyo will be leading the pilgrimage with prayers and this pilgrimage has taken place every 2 years.

If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, visit here and please contact Ven. Donyo directly at (408) 204-8724 or at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can watch our previous pilgrimage video on YouTube Part One and Part Two. 

Thank you and Tashi Delek,

Ven. Thupten Donyo


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