Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Pyrenees is a Buddhist retreat center founded by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, located in the Pyrenees mountains in the south of France. Gomde is remote yet easily accessible, and is graced with silence and natural beauty. We offer opportunities for individual retreat as well as organised group retreats and seminars. A combination of retreat and volunteering is also possible. If you wish to visit us for a day, please read the information here. We have a daily morning and afternoon group practice that visitors are welcome to join, as well as various online practice opportunities.
Please enjoy the video about last Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche visit at September, 2022.
In this video Rinpoche shares his advice and some details about the retreat starting in June 2022.
We have the dates for the next 3 month retreat! Come!
We are delighted to announce that the registration for the onsite three-month retreat beginning March 14 is now officially open. Please follow this link to register for that retreat. If you have any additional questions, please email us directly at email@example.com. We rejoice in your interest in retreat!
On the auspicious Dakini Day, March 17, 2023, Gomde Pyrénées will continue our organized group retreat series under the guidance of Drubpon Tenzin Sangpo. The retreat is based on the text "Sphere of Refined Gold", a terma revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa with commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. This practice is combined with a daily group practice of Vajrasattva.
To participate in the retreat one would ideally have received:
the Vajrasattva empowerment in the Chokling Tersar Lineage
teachings on Sphere of Refined Gold from Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche or another highly qualified master.
The minimum prerequisites are to have a strong foundation in Buddhist practice through both study and time spent in retreat, and to have received teachings on the great perfection from a highly qualified master. If in doubt, one should ask Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche if it would be beneficial to participate in the retreat. If you have additional questions about your eligibility, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss them with Lama Tenzin.
We ask that ALL participants arrive at Gomde by the morning of March 14 in order to prepare their individual shrines and to participate in the orientation sessions. In order to accommodate individuals without Schengen visas, we will conclude the retreat on June 8. This allows people the ability to travel and stay within the 90-day limit of stay in France.
We will be opening applications for the retreat Nov 28, 2022. Everyone is required to fill out an application fully regardless of previous experience. We have a limited number of rooms available, and this retreat always fills up quickly. We ask you to use only that form to apply so that we can be fair to all who wish to participate. The three month retreat is a fabulous way to prepare for the three year retreat if you aspire to do it in the future. It will be magical to do the three month retreat at the same time as 15 people are doing the three year retreat close by.
A group of lay and ordained practitioners, women and men of different ages and from all corners of the world, will begin retreat in June 2022.
Meanwhile, most of us at Gomde Pyrénées are putting all of our energy into making the vision of our kind teacher, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, come true. Take part in this wonderful project by supporting us.