Dharma Teachings and Events

Gaden Choling offers teachings, meditation classes, and other special events throughout the year. These Buddhist teachings are based on the Gelukpa tradition of Je Tsongkapa. A detailed breakdown of upcoming events can been seen on the calendar.

Zasep Rinpoche's Upcoming Visit

Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is the resident teacher at Gaden Choling. Traveling throughout the year, he periodically visits Gaden Choling to offer extensive Dharma teachings. Do not miss out on his next visit!

Next Upcoming Events

Yamantaka Preparation Initiation @ Gaden Choling
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Yamantaka is the Anutara or Highest Yoga Tantra aspect of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. This practice is at the heart of the Gelugpa Tradition and a source of the highest spiritual attainments.

Note: Yamantaka initiation is a serious commitment, usually only for senior students who already practice a Lower Tantric Deity and are ready for a Higher practice. There are two initiations required: The preliminary (Preparation) initiation the night before and the main initiation.

Cost:  $40. Member / $50. Non-Member (for the whole weekend)

Yamantaka Initiation @ Gaden Choling
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Yamāntaka is a wrathful expression of Mañjuśrī, the Samyaksambuddha of wisdom who, in other contexts, also functions as a dharmapala or a Heruka. Yamāntaka manifests in several different forms, one of which (via yogatantra) has six legs, six faces and six arms holding various weapons while sitting or standing on a water buffalo.

Within Buddhism, “terminating death” is a quality of all buddhas as they have stopped the cycle of rebirth, samsara. Yamantaka, then, represents the goal of the Mahayana practitioner’s journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: in awakening, one adopts the practice of Yamāntaka – the practice of terminating death.


Pre-requisites: You should have received the Yamantaka Preparation Initiation, or previously been initiated into Yamantaka practice.

To learn more (external link)

Commitments: Higher Yoga Tantra come with additional practice commitments and Tantric commitments including Guru Yoga and Tsog offerings twice monthly.

Cost:  $40. Member / $50. Non-Member (for the whole weekend)

Gaden Relief Projects Charity Gratitude Dinner
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gaden Relief Projects Charity gratitude dinner for former director Conrad Richter, for serving the community for more than 25 years.

Open to all. By donation.

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Guidelines for Students

Find here the revised Guidelines for the Dharma Students of the Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche