Tara Triple Excellence Retreat 25 Aug 2019

Yes, it is really happening, fulfilling the long held hope to hold a Tara Retreat in the peaceful woodlands of Gomde Scotland – a perfect place for cultivating Samadhi.

This part of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s amazing activities, and he gave a beautiful Tara Thanka painting to Gomde Scotland, which is a very auspicious start. 

The retreat will be an Outer Sadhana retreat, part of Tara’s Triple Excellence programme held for three weeks by Lama Tenzin and Heidi Koeppl, tentatively from Dakini Day on 25 Aug till 15 Sept. 2019. It will be a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice in a secluded and peaceful environment. If you are interested please contact us at info@gomdescotland.org

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Building retreat cabins for the Tara retreat

For the Tara retreat to happen, we urgently need your help and support. If you can work and help build the huts and new toilet block, get in touch. We are starting a fundraiser and just for the retreat huts we need to raise £90,000. If you can help support financially, which would be deeply appreciated and it is very much needed, click the link below or see our donate page

And if the thought just makes you happy – please rejoice and add your prayers that we have the resources to finish all the preparations and create wonderful supportive “Lotus Seats” for all practitioners.

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The Joy of Giving

Sharing and Caring with the Monks and Nuns
We are collecting now for the offerings made at Tibetan New Year by all the International students, through the Gomdes, Dharma Houses and projects of Rinpoche. The offerings are made to the monks and nuns in our monastery in Nepal. The monastery offers full support including food, accommodation, education and healthcare to the monks and nuns. They are our inspiration and guides. You can also make the gift in the name of a friend or loved one. It’s easy to give – just click the donate button!  

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Lama Oser and The Way of the Bodhisattva

This year we were very lucky to have had a chance to study with Lama Oser. He gave us fresh insights  in to the profound text by Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara). Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, it is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity and patience. This text has been studied, practised, and taught in an unbroken tradition for centuries.

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Lama Oser – Local Schools Come to Visit

For the last two years Lama Oser was invited to give teachings to over 60 pupils from the local schools and Academies, which has left a lasting impression. As one student put it

“I personally came out of this experience of meeting Lama Oser, wanting to become a better version of myself and try my hardest to be the kindest most considerate loving and happy person I can be”  

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Regular Activities at Gomde

We really enjoy gathering together for regular Dharma activities at Gomde Scotland. If you live locally and would like to be kept up to date about these events via our special weekly email, please contact us at info@gomdescotland.org. The events include the “Dharma Sun-Days” an all day Dharma programme; with meditation, online teachings from Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and a study group on the famous text “The Way of a Bodhisattva”. We will also have regular volunteer days, a chance to be out in the fresh air tending the woodland as well as joining the meditation session. All are informal and welcoming events, open to everyone with pot-luck style hospitality and lunch. For more details Continue Reading »

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Let There Be Light – Electricity for Gomde

Lama Oser with Forres and Nairn Academy students

Help we have no electricity! We have managed to bring a new cable down to the hermitage, but need to raise £10,000 to put in the new wiring, get the safety certificate and bury a long cable to bring light to Rinpoche’s cabin. This means we can install solar panels too and feed back in to the grid so Gomde will be carbon neutral 🙂 Can you help – together we think we can do it! See our Helping page

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Medicine & Compassion with Dr. David Shlim


This was a very inspiring workshop about what compassion really is. We think we know, but most of us have not really thought deeply about it. Anyone who has ever been called upon to help others when they are having a hard time, may have wished they could have more. Continue Reading »

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Celebrating Greg’s wonderful legacy

Greg Whiteside, Gomde Trustee and a dear friend, brought an amazing positive and caring attitude to everything he did, and combined it with a high level of professionalism. Continue Reading »

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Welcome to the year of the Earth Dog 2145

Best wishes for the Tibetan New Year. We hope your year will be filled with kindness and harmony, as well as good health and happiness. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche so often reminds us of the importance of the practice of “Kindfulness” and in this New Year may we be able to take this to heart and learn to radiate out our love to the world.

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Rainbows, Blessings & Bagpipes

The highlight of the year was definitely Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s visit. There were rainbows when he arrived and when he left. Rinpoche said Gomde Scotland is like a “Belyul” a hidden, scared land perfect for retreat and Dharma practice.

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Rinpoche arriving to the sound of the Scottish Bagpipes

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The New Buddha Temple Hall

It was a like a miracle; your donations and a lot of hard work made the building of the workshop extension possible. It will temporarily be used as the new “Buddha Temple Hall”. This is part of the woodland workshop and used on a occasional basis for events like Rinpoche’s visit!  We had to start from nothing. The day before Rinpoche arrived the digger was still in front of the door. But it was just ready in time – thank you everyone who made it happen.

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Juniper Hill News Letter Aug 2017

Rainbows and Blessings, Lama Oser’s visit 14-17 sept, Temple Lunches, Retreat Cabins and much more news – our August Juniper Hill News Letter is out  –  Continue Reading »

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Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche & Lama Oser visit 16-21 June 2017

Gomde-web--rinpoche

We are delighted that Rinpoche is returning to Scotland. He will teach on Buddha Nature with increasing levels of depth and clarity according to the Three Vehicles, or Yanas (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana) of Buddha’s teachings. Rinpoche will also be giving the Green Tara Empowerment and Lama Oser will present the supporting teaching for the Tara practice.If you are interested in attending, please contact us on info@gomdescotland.org. More details coming soon –

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