Welcome to Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Center, Cooperstown NY

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Center is situated amid the scenic rolling hills of central New York. This natural beauty provides a perfect space for the study and practice of meditation derived from the Buddhist teachings. Each of us is encouraged to develop compassion, both for others and for ourselves, through these practices.

Founded in 2008 by Tibetan Buddhist Teachers Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is developing into a thriving teaching and retreat center.

Meditation classes are offered several times per week throughout the year. From May to September we offer more intensive workshops and retreat programs taught by the spiritual head of Gomde Cooperstown, Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche and other visiting teachers.


Fall Schedule

Learn to Meditate!
Tuesdays 6 – 7pm, beginning October 9, Bassett Hospital chapel

You’ve heard about meditation—from newspaper articles, a podcast, a recommendation from a cardiologist or basketball coach, or from your crazy uncle who’s been doing it for years—but is it for you?  Find out at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Center’s introductory class Tuesday evenings beginning October 9.

The course will be taught by Matthew Zalichin, or meditation instructor and teacher in residence who has been teaching meditation for over 35 years, and will use the best-selling book Joy of Living as a text.

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Thursdays 6 – 7:30pm at Gomde, 412 Glimmerglen Rd. Cooperstown

Buddhist practitioners have been guided by Gampopa’s classic text for a thousand years.  Rangjung Yeshe Gomde’s spiritual director Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche, is teaching this text in detail, bringing it alive for our modern times.  This class is based on videos of Rinpoche’s teachings, and is facilitated by Matthew Zalichin.

Sadness, Love, Openness: The Buddhist Path of Joy*
Fridays & Sundays, 11am – 12:30pm, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, 412 Glimmerglen Rd. Cooperstown

This new little book is the most accessible of the many by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, one of the most widely loved and respected Tibetan Buddhist teachers of our time. Straightforwardly and without jargon, it shows how we can incorporate our own daily experiences into our spiritual path and awaken to how things truly are, yet is unabashedly traditional at the same time. 

*This class will be taught by Matthew Zalichin and Michael Friedman, both senior students of Rinpoche’s, with Matthew primarily teaching on Fridays and Michael primarily on Sundays.