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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 - Grand Opening
2 -
Past Events and 15th Anniversary
3 - Recognition Awards
4 - Our History 

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)        

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang will be teaching at Gyuto Foundation - August 16, 2015

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The venerable monks of Gyuto Foundation are honored to host His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, head of the Drikung K
agyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This will be H.H. Drikung Kyabgon's first time teaching at the Gyuto Foundation. We welcome and encourage all members to attend his teachings.

In addition, Drikung Kyabgon will be offering the Great Transference Meditation for the Time of Death (Phowa) and Buddha Amitayus Long Life Empowerment, which are being organized jointly by the Gyuto Foundation and the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC).
Phowa and Long Life Empowerment (at Berkeley Adult School) - August 15
Registration NOT required - Donations appreciated

Date:   August 15, 2015
Time:  Phowa - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
              Long Life Empowerment - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Berkeley Adult School
                 1701 San Pablo Ave.
                 Berkeley, CA 94702
For more information: Phowa & Empowerment - please contact: TANC at 
Teaching topic CONFIRMED: Vajrasattva Commentary and 100 Syllable Vajrasattva Mantra Oral Transmission (at Gyuto Foundation) - August 16
Registration Required - Donations appreciated

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Date:   August 16, 2015
Time:  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where:  Gyuto Foundation
                  6401 Bernhard Ave
                      Richmond, CA 94805

For more information: Teaching - please contact us at: (510) 926-3969 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Entry: All programs are free; however, Gyuto Foundation and TANC are requesting donations for each of their programs in whatever amount you are able to give to cover the expenses of the programs during H.H. Drikung Kyabgon's visit to the Bay Area.

Please DONATE and support the Gyuto Foundation's Dharma activities and Charity Programs for the Himalayan Children's Education.

Vajrasattva EmpowermentOne-day Vajrasattva Practice
Saturday, August 22, 2015
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration Required here

The Vajrasattva practice is for mental and physical purification. It is one of the most powerful purification practices in daily life. Vajrasattva is the deity that embodies the purification powers of all the Buddhas. If one practices sincerely with the correct motivation, all the negativities we have accumulated in this life and previous lives can be removed.

There are no pre-requisites required to join this practice. However, space is limited, so please register. A vegetarian lunch will be provided and we are kindly requesting a $30 donation per person. 
Please do not consume any "black" foods this day, to include: meat, eggs, garlic, onions, radishes, and alcohol.

For more information on Vajrasattva, click here

10 Billion Mantra 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 pringing mantras and we’ll need 100 or more boxes of Buddha of Compassion mantras, 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. 
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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.
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