Gomde, Lindholme Hall was established in November 2009 to support existing Buddhist practitioners and those who would like to find out about Buddhist philosophy and practice.
We are located in the centre of the 3,500-acre National Nature Reserve, the Hatfield Moor. Our 180-acre site is made up of grassland, heathland, peatland and woodland, a beautiful, inspiring and peaceful place. On the international scale, the habitat in which Gomde is located is as rare as the Amazonian rain forest and considered an exceptionally precious part of our national heritage.
We have a small resident group living at Gomde all year round. Throughout the year, we host seminars and teachings from the masters of our lineage, senior monks and nuns and approved teachers. During the summer months, Lama Öser, a senior monk from Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery in Kathmandu is resident at Gomde, leading retreats, seminars, all our formal practice sessions and our regular practice and weekly meditation study group. We have rooms for private supported retreat, host practice and work retreats, space to practise together, listen to teachings, to read and share discussions and an off the grid retreat hut for solitary retreat.
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s vision for Gomde, Lindholme Hall is that it becomes a place of refuge for authentic study, reflection and meditation of the Buddha Dharma, which has at its heart a monastic and lay community. We are currently in the process of obtaining planning permission to increase our facilities to accommodate Rinpoche’s vision. We hope to add a large traditional temple, new single rooms, en-suite retreat rooms, monk’s quarters, a large dining area, resident accommodation and work shop.
Given our location within a rare habitat and the implications of the core teachings of Buddhism, Rinpoche has encouraged us to commit to an environmental strategy that is practical, aspirational and sustainable: in short a living example of environmental Buddhism. Over the past six years, overarching principles have unfolded which guide all of our work. These include:
- Creating a rhythm of life, work and practice that sustains people and has at its core authentic Buddha Dharma.
- Producing energy equivalent to our needs from renewable resources,
- Thoughtfully managing the estate to enhance the landscape and the biodiversity of this rare habitat to make Gomde a refuge for all beings.
- Sustainably harvest the fuel and other natural resources available on the estate in line with conservation policy.
All this has been accomplished so far through Rinpoche’s wisdom, kindness and blessings, linked to the efforts of committed volunteers and generous sponsorship.
We hope you have the opportunity to visit us, our doors, grasslands and woodlands are open to all.
Lindholme Bank Rd
Doncaster. DN7 6DT
Phone: +44 (0)1302 842503
Mobile: +44 (0)7854874361
Lama Oser on the Hatfield Moor
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in the historical city of York, close to Gomde UK
On the Lindholme Estate
Lama Oser leading the Annual Kora Walk on the Lindholme Estate
Cotton Grass on the moor
Mushroom spotting at Lindholme
Vista from the main house during hay baling season
Rinpoche visiting Lindholme sheep
Lindholme's English roses