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.


Current Class Schedule

Tuesdays, 6-7 pm, Introduction to Meditation (at the Bassett Hospital Chapel, which is in the main building) 

This class presents meditation practice from a secular perspective, and explores how it might relate to various aspects of our conventional lives, while giving opportunities to interact with others just starting out also.  Here’s the schedule of topics we will explore:

January 10: Working with Emotions; January 17: Anxiety and Stress; January 24: Anger; January 31: Is Materialism the Problem?; February 7: Equanimity and Serenity; February 14: Compassion; February 21: Altruistic Love; February 28: Relationships; March 7:  Exchanging Oneself for Others; March 14: Death and Loss; March 21: How Does Meditation Work?; March 28: Neurocognitive Perspectives on Mindfulness and Meditation; April 4: Is a Spiritual Politics Possible?

All the following classes will be held in our winter classroom at 412 Glimmerglen Rd. in Cooperstown:

Thursdays, 6 – 7:30pm: Dharma Stream Video Series I  Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche’s introduction to the view, practice, and activities of the Buddhist path.  This class is highly recommended as an introduction to Buddhist meditation and to Phakchok Rinpoche’s teaching style.  It is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.  Facilitated by Matthew Zalichin

Fridays, 11am – 12:30pm: Selected Topics in Lineage and Devotion.  Is a teacher necessary?  What is the relationship between teachers and students?  Is non-theistic devotion possible?  We will explore these and other crucial Buddhist topics using Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s recent book, The Guru Drinks Burbon? as a primary source.  Facilitated by Matthew Zalichin

Sundays, 11am – 12:30pm: Dharma Stream Video Series III  Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation.  Facilitated by Michael Friedman.  [This class will begin when the second series finishes, which we expect to be February 12, unless some sessions get cancelled due to weather.]

New Year’s Meditation Intensive 2-day Retreat

The Tibetan New Year (Losar) falls on Monday, February 27, this year.  Several people have reminded me that it is traditional to emphasize meditation practice at the end of the old year, and asked if we would provide any intensive practice program, as we have in some past years.  So we will host a 2-day retreat at Gomde Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, 8:30am – 6pm.  Stay tuned for details!


Class suggested donation $10-12

 For more information, please call Matthew Zalichin at 607-547-5051.