Gomde is located just off U.S. Highway 101 on the outskirts of Leggett. The Eel River winds through 250 acres of woodlands, meadows and bluffs. (Gomde — Contributed)

A meditation weekend event, “Medicine Buddha: Door to Boundless Healing,” with Lama Bruce Newman, will take place April 12 to 14 at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in Leggett.

“(Medicine Buddha) is an enlightened being who is regarded as the Buddha of healing and medicine,” said Diane Richardson, who serves on the Rangjung Yeshe Gomde board of directors.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde — located just off U.S. Highway 101 on the outskirts of Leggett — was founded in 1998 by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. The center’s current director is Jack deTar.

The goal of “Medicine Buddha: Door to Boundless Healing” is to nurture both health and liberation, Richardson said.

“The retreat will benefit anyone interested in healing as a means for self-transformation,” she noted.

According to the center’s website (gomdeusa.org), Newman has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 44 years and has been teaching for 24 years, primarily in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions.

During the retreat, Newman — using Tulku Thondup’s book “Boundless Healing” — will offer instructions on Medicine Buddha and guide everyone through a series of exercises for ease, bliss and insight.

The retreat, which costs $150, is open to people of all backgrounds, with no previous exposure with Tibetan Buddhism necessary. Reviewing “Boundless Healing” ahead of time is suggested. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at Gomde.

A few dorm beds remain available at the retreat center and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Meals are provided. To register and for more information, visit www.gomdeusa.org, send an email to registrar@gomdeusa.org or call 858-401-9070.

Other upcoming events at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde include Work Week and Teachings with Khenpo Tsondru Sangpo, May 17 to 27; Soto Zen Practice and the Antioch/Carleton Reunion with Ekai Korematsu Osho Roshi, June 7 to 9; an Intermediate Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive with Lama Tsultrim Sangpo, June 12 to Aug. 14; Teachings: Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo with Dzigar Kongstrul Rinpoche, June 14 to 16; and more.


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