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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 soon retiring 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 the Kalachakra announcement on this page). Venerable Donyo will be making an official announcement soon, in which he will invite members and friends to join us at Gyuto Foundation to introduce the new Manager/Director, Geshe and monks.

Also, beginning in September we will be offering regular Buddhist teachings twice a week! Our course offerings will be every Friday/Sunday and will include Lam Rim (introductory Buddhist teachings) and a variety of advanced courses in Buddhism that have been recommended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Please check back in September for dates and times. 
monks july 2016We thank you very much for your kind patience during this transition period. The monastery will remain open during this transition. 
dividerAnnual Statue Consecration
Please bring in statues no later than August

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Once a year the venerable monks at Gyuto Foundation consecrate new Buddha statues and fill them with special mantras. If anyone wishes to have their statues consecrated and filled with mantras, please bring them to the center by August 14th. For large statues, please call us before bringing them so we can determine if we have enough mantras.

We request a small donation per statue to cover the cost of printing mantras and other materials. Please make sure to write your name and phone number on the back of each statue so we may return the right one to you.

Please note that after this consecration, there won't be any other statue consecrations for the year. We offer this service only once a year for the devotees and practitioners to bless and properly consecrate their statues. It is advised to consecrate any statues you may have.

Please allow us 2-3 weeks to complete the process. We will contact you once they are ready for pickup. If there is no contact information provided, you will be responsible for contacting us and picking them up in a few weeks time.

Kalachakra Empowerment

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Join us for a week of extraordinary opportunities to connect with the rare and profound path of the Kalachakra Tantra. Over the course of seven days, Kalachakra Vajra Master Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoché will be giving introductory teachings into one of the highest systems of Buddhist practice. Following the teachings, he will bestow the complete set of empowerments for engaging in the generation stage, known as the “Seven Empowerments of a Growing Child”. Then, in order to give you first hand experience of the system, Rinpoché will be guiding students in a three day retreat where he will present the common and uncommon preliminary practices. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!


KALACHAKRA TEACHINGS July 28 & 29 7pm-9pm

All events will be held at the Gyuto Foundation: 6401 Bernhard Avenue, Richmond Heights, CA 94805.
This is not a Gyuto Foundation event, but will be held here - 
please do not call Gyuto Foundation

Please direct all questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Steve Ginsberg at 831-596-6397.

For more information & Registration please visit the website:

July 28 Thursday 7-9pm
Donation of $20.00 (pay at door - no pre-registration required) 

GUARANTEED ENLIGHTENMENT - How to use Kalachakra to manifest an authentic experience of Shambala:
July 29 Friday 7-9pm 
Donation of $20.00 (pay at door - no pre-registration required)

Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche will give the Kalachakra empowerment on July 30 & 31, 2016 (times TBD).
The cost for both days is $100 and includes vegetarian lunch ($80 single day). (pre-registration and payment required here.)

Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche will lead a short
Kalachakra retreat August 1, 2 & 3 .
The cost for all three days including vegetarian luches is $125 (or $60 per day). 
(pre-registration and payment required here.)

Khentrul Rinpoche

Khentrul Rinpoche is a Non-Sectarian Master of Tibetan Buddhism. He has devoted his life to a wide variety of spiritual practices, studying with more than 25 masters from all of the major Tibetan traditions. While he has genuine respect and appreciation for all spiritual systems, he has the greatest confidence and experience with his personal path of the Kalachakra Tantra as taught in the Jonang-Shambhala Tradition.

Rinpoche brings a sharp and inquisitive mind to everything that he does. His teachings are both accessible and direct, often emphasizing a very pragmatic sensibility. Over the years, Rinpoche has authored a variety of books to guide his students. He has specifically made great efforts to translate and provide commentary on texts which present the gradual stages of the profound Kalachakra Path.

Rinpoche believes that our world definitely has the potential to develop genuine peace and harmony while still preserving our environment and humanity. This Golden Age of Shambhala is possible through the study and practice of the Kalachakra System. To this end, Rinpoche has begun travelling the world to share his knowledge of this unique lineage free from sectarian bias.


The word Kalachakra is formed from two separate words, "kala" meaning time and "chakra" meaning wheel, therefore Kalachakra is literally translated to mean "wheel of time".

In the Kalachakra teachings, the concept of time is much broader than our common understanding of time in that it refers to that which is beginningless, endless and timeless. The wheel represents our existence and the cycles of time within this limitless existence, as well as our limitless compassion and the empty nature of absolute truth. It is the divine immutable great bliss, reflecting all qualities of our limitless, sublime empty nature. It is the permanent, eternal, indestructible wheel of time.

The Kalachakra Tantra is the most profound and extensive tantric practice of all spiritual systems, offering the potential to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. As it is so complete, no other spiritual practice is necessary. This is why Kalachakra is known as the "king of tantras" and has the ability to transform your life into something extraordinary.

The Kalachakra is so powerful that even making a connection and saying the Kalachakra mantra daily, it has the power to bring great fortune to all who practice, ushering in the Golden Age within the next three hundred years and bringing true global peace and fortune to our world. So if we want these benefits it is vital that we take this opportunity to practice now!

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 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 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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