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 and 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 -
Our Past Event Photos
3 - Our History Photo Albums

4 - Church Property before renovation
5 - Interfaith Program Hosted by Gyuto
6 - Gyuto Volunteer Party

divider   Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from the Gyuto Monks!

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The Venerable Monks of Gyuto Foundation would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. We wish you all a very joyful and prosperous New Year 2015.
We send our heartfelt appreciation to you for supporting the Gyuto Foundation in so many different ways, and we are very grateful for your continued kindness. We look forward to seeing you in the coming year!
Venerable Jhado Tulku Rinpoche 
Thursday, January 22, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are honored and delighted to welcome Venerable Jhado Tulku Rinpoche to the Gyuto Foundation. Rinpoche’s schedule has been fully booked with Dharma Centers around the Bay Area; however, Rinpoche has kindly accepted our invitation and has offered to give a teaching on "How to develop Bodhicitta and practice Dharma in our daily lives". In Buddhism, Bodhicitta is the mind that strives toward awakening and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.

We are honored to have a scholar and practitioner such as Jhado Rinpoche help us to understand the Buddha’s first teaching.

This event is open to the public and we welcome everyone to join us.
There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

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Venerable Jhado Tulku Rinpoche (Tenzin Jungne) was born in Tibet, north of Lhasa, in 1954. At the age of three he was recognized and enthroned as the 6th incarnation of the abbot of Jhado Monastery. After fleeing Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche lived briefly in Nepal and later joined Sera Je Monastery in South India from 1972 until 1990. Rinpoche studied at Sera Je Monastery where he received extensive teachings from many great lamas, including the great master Venerable Lobsang Wangchuk. 

Rinpoche took his vows as a novice monk from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1964 and his full ordination vows from the late Ling Rinpoche in 1973.

In 1991, he attained the degree of Geshe Lha Rampa, the highest level of education in the Geluk tradition. He then continued his tantric studies at Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Dharamsala. From 1992 until 1996, Rinpoche served as a teacher at Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1997, Rinpoche was appointed to the post of Abbot of Namgyal Monastery, and served the institution in that capacity until 2004. (Namgyal Monastery, founded in 1568 by the third Dalai Lama, served as a private monastery for subsequent Dalai Lamas).

Rinpoche has served as Abbot of Gyuto Tantric Monastery since 2011, and is now in the role of throne holder of Lama Tsongkhapa, or the Gaden Tripa, the head of the Geluk tradition.

Jhado Tulku Rinpoche is one of the most highly esteemed lamas in the Geluk lineage today. In addition to his excellent education in the Geluk monastic college system, over the years Rinpoche has also received many oral transmissions and empowerments from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his two main tutors, as well as from many great teachers from other traditions, including the famous Nyingma master Trulshik Rinpoche.

Renowned for his keen intelligence and dynamic teaching style, Jhado Tulku Rinpoche is also highly acclaimed for his ability to engage western students in ways that are interesting and personally relevant. In addition to these qualities, Rinpoche is also well known and loved for his gentle demeanor and his kindness.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Venerable Monks of Gyuto Foundation are very excited to be celebrating 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area! We would like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary with friends and family.
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While visiting Gyuto Foundation, you will experience a glimpse of Tibet or "Little Tibet" in the San Francisco Bay Area. There will be talks by distinguished professors, a peace walk, Himalayan food court, Tibetan market, and games for the children. 
This Festival will offer activities for all ages and will be very enjoyable. Bring your family and friends to this special celebration at Gyuto Foundation.

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All funds raised will enable Gyuto Foundation to continue to provide programs to serve the Bay Area communities and help preserve the Tibetan culture outside of Tibet.
Food and some activities will require tickets to be purchased. 
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6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA 94805 (map here)
Only street parking will be available. We strongly request that you carpool or take BART, as there will NOT be parking available at the monastery. We don’t want to upset our neighbors with too many cars parked on the side streets around the monastery.

Some guidlines for parking in the neighborhood:                                                                                         

Park legally
Please do not block the neighbor’s driveways
Leave sufficient room for the residents to get in and out of their driveways
Remember to always lock your car; do NOT leave valuables in sight that may attract break-ins

This will help keep our neighbors from calling the police and getting your car ticketed or towed.

Thank you for helping us keep our friendly neighbors FRIENDLY!

 Monastery Prayer Wheel Project

We have plans to install 300 small Prayer Wheels that will surround the monastery and give members 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 150 sponsors for individual Prayer Wheels at $350 per wheel. Each Prayer Wheel will have a nameplate displaying the sponsor's name.

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 250 boxes of printed mantras (11x17 white paper with black print) and each box will cost $110. 

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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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.

 Thank you and Tashi Delek.

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