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Summer Seminar with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche: The Four Seals and the Lamp that dispells all Darkness

5. September 2023 - 10:00 - 13. September 2023 - 19:00

“It is about an open heart and a clear mind. An open heart is full of compassion for all beings, Mahakaruna in Sanskrit. A clear mind understands the emptiness of all phenomena, Shunyata in Sanskrit. Developing this unconditional compassion and wisdom is the goal of our practice.”

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

We are happy to announce that our beloved teacher,
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will come to Gomde again. 

Topics of the seminar

05.- 08.09. Indisputable Truth: The Four Seals that Mark the Teachings of the Awakened Ones”

In this inspiring seminar, Rinpoche will convey the essence of Buddhist teachings in a clear, structured, and profound manner. The truth of impermanence, suffering, emptiness, and peace will be brought to life through Rinpoche’s lucid guidance, allowing you not only to understand the concepts but also to apply them in your daily life.

The four special characteristics or “seals” distinguish a philosophical view or spiritual path as uniquely Buddhist. In short, they represent the “indisputable truth” of reality from a Buddhist perspective.

The Four Seals are:

Everything conditioned is impermanent. All defiling states are painful. All phenomena are empty and devoid of self-entity. Nirvana is peace.

In this year’s seminar, Rinpoche will delve step by step into these succinct yet profound statements so that the listeners can truly comprehend their meaning, apply them to their everyday experiences, and easily distinguish authentic Buddhist teachings from those that merely claim to be “words of the Buddha.”

09.09. Ngakso

Emaho! This practice of peaceful and wrathful deities renews broken Samayas and tantric vows. Additionally, this practice is recommended for accompanying the deceased. Celebrating such a special day with a meditation master and being guided in this powerful practice with our Vajra brothers and sisters is an incredible opportunity and blessing. By purifying our Samayas, our body, speech, and mind, we create ideal conditions for the practice of the Dharma!

During the meditation sessions, Rinpoche will provide explanations on this wonderful practice. The Tibetan term “Ngak-so” refers to a tantric practice of restoring and purifying broken Samayas.

10.09.- 13.09 A lamp that dispells the darkness

Rinpoche will skillfully guide us through the wisdom encapsulated in „The Lamp to Dispel Darkness“—a concise and powerful meditation manual crafted by the renowned master, Jampal Dorje Mipham.
Through the profound techniques of ‘Cutting Through,’ an advanced Dzogchen meditative practice, Mipham Rinpoche illuminates the way for us, the modern-day yogis entangled in the busyness of everyday life.

The Lamp to Dispel Darkness will shed light on the intricacies of your mind, offering you the tools to dispel doubts and pave the way for transformation.

It’s not uncommon to feel uncertain or encounter obstacles on the path of meditation, regardless of your level of experience. Even seasoned practitioners find themselves in need of guidance to refine their practice and overcome subtle distractions and challenges. That’s why we are thrilled to offer you the precious advice of the old awakened masters who have traversed this path before us, triumphing over similar hurdles and ultimately realizing the true nature of the mind.

This seminar is a unique opportunity to receive direct teachings from a living master, drawing from the centuries-old lineage of wisdom and insight. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, whether a beginner or a seasoned meditator, this event promises to inspire, invigorate, and empower you.

Seminar structure

The seminar starts on 05.09 and ends on 13.09. 2023.

05.09- 13.09.2023

Ngakso Puja: 09.09.203

If possible, you should attend all days of the seminar.

05.09.: Arrival day

We start on 05.09. at 3 pm with introductory teachings by a Khenpo or Lama.

On 06.09, the teachings of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche will begin.

On 09.09, on the new moon day, we will practice the Ngakso ritual together to purify and restore spiritual practice.

We encourage you to attend all days of the seminar.

Take advantage of this precious opportunity to experience this extraordinary meditation master directly and deepen your insight and meditation practice through the presence of the spiritual community.

Please let us know when you will arrive and depart when setting the dates and in the comments field when registering.

About the teacher

The founder and director of our center is Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.
This well-known meditation master and teacher has been teaching students around the world for more than 30 years.

Characterized by warmth, humor and wit, his teachings provide a unique opportunity to connect directly with Buddhism in a fresh, lively, and timely manner.
Learn more about his life and activities.



Since we expect many guests for this seminar, we are unfortunately not able to reserve single rooms.
Accommodation will be either in a dormitory or a tent you bring yourself.

Those needing more comfortable accommodation are asked to rent a room in surrounding guesthouses. More information here.

Your stay at Gomde

Here you can find information about how to arrive at Gomde and what could be useful to know in preparation of your stay.

Give a hand

Since Gomde is run solely by volunteers, the help of all participants is needed at the seminar. So every participant can donate a part of his time for this precious event and make it possible.
After mutual agreement each participant gets a “Yogi Job” for about 20-45 min daily.
For example: helping in the kitchen, vacuuming, cleaning the sanitary facilities etc.
We are very happy about your help and we try to find a suitable task for everyone.

Your contribution to this seminar

It is incredible good fortune that we will have our founder, abbot, and our spiritual director Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche back with us in Gomde for eight whole days to share his teachings with all of you.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde would like to make it possible for all interested in participating in the immensely precious Dharma teachings. The center provides you with good food, as much as possible, a place to sleep, and the infrastructure for all visitors. A stable team of volunteers maintains the place, renovates it, and keeps it running all year round. Others give a regular contribution, others give one-time donations, and others donate to attend seminars.

For a big seminar like the one with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, many costs have to be covered: e.g., air tickets, donations to the teachers, the translators, energy costs, and so on.

The economic world situation is also a time of great financial strain for the center, the prices for food, energy, and daily use products are very high, and
the center is also feeling this strongly. We want everyone to be able to attend the seminars in Gomde, regardless of their income. To cover the fixed costs, nevertheless, we give orientation values for an appropriate donation contribution.We thank you in advance for your generosity and for appreciating the value of this opportunity. Please consider in your self-assessment the amounts you spend on food, vacations, and recreation daily.
Each person who is able to give more makes it possible for others with fewer resources to attend the seminar and maintain the Center.

Orientation value

For your participation in the seminar, we kindly ask for a donation.

Regular orientation value:
880 euros

for the whole time, with accommodation, meals and seminar.
If you have an average income and want to cover the fixed costs for your seminar with a donation,

If you want to donate the regular seminar orientation value but can not do it all at once, we will happily arrange a monthly transfer of your seminar donation.

For participation on individual days

with meals and overnight stay: 130 Euros. 
Rinpoches teachings and lunch only: 65 Euros

Orientation value for donors:

If you can make it possible for another person with fewer financial means to participate and want to ensure the existence of the centre, you are welcome to give a higher donation, like

1100 Euros


Orientation value for low income:

640 Euros

for the seminar, accommodation and meals- please give an individual dana to our teachers

If you have meager financial means (e.g., pupils, students, minimum retirement, etc.) and it is not possible for you to donate this amount, please let us know in the comments or by email to nanda@gomde.eu so we can find a solution together.


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If you would only like to take part for the teachings on "The lamp that dispells the darkness", please let us know if you took refuge, have taken teachings with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche before or the commitment to your practice. Thank you!


5. September 2023 - 10:00
13. September 2023 - 19:00
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