The Garchen Buddhist Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat and teaching center founded by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. It is rooted in the Drikung Kagyu tradition. The Garchen Buddhist Institute was created by Garchen Rinpoche to establish the Buddha Dharma in the West and to offer opportunities for extended meditation practice for all practitioners.


Whether you are new to Buddhism, or an experienced practitioner, Garchen Buddhist Institute offers programs and teaching events to support you on your path.

Nestled on 75 private acres in the foothills of the Prescott National Forest and surrounded by the San Francisco Peaks, the Red Rocks of Sedona, and Sycamore Canyon – the extraordinary natural beauty is infused with vast blessings. The Garchen Institute is truly an “Island of Enlightenment”, a haven of tranquil beauty and peace.

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His Eminence Gar Mingyur Rinpoche enters Parinirvana


We are very sad to bring this news to you all.

His Eminence Gar Mingyur Rinpoche, the ultimate great Yogin and Vajra-holder of the three vows, born in 1940, entered parinirvana on September 8th, 2018.

Please CLICK HERE to read a very important letter with further instructions written by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche.

We will be doing the Lama Chopa Practice, instead of the White Tara Practice, every Sunday at the Garchen Institute for the next 49 days in honor of His Eminence Gar Mingyur Rinpoche. Everyone is welcome to join us on the following dates (when we are not hosting an event)  October 7 &21.

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H.E.Garchen Rinpoche’s long life.
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Join us in accumulating White Tara mantras for the Long Life and continued Excellent Health of our beloved guru, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. The Garchen Institute Lamas ask that all Rinpoche’s students accumulate mantras from now until Garchen Rinpoche’s Extensive Long Life Ceremony in January, 2019, here in Chino Valley. Hearts filled with devotion and gratitude, hands folded in prayer, we dedicate the merit of our practice so that Garchen, Sun of the Teachings, will remain long, with good health and happiness, for the benefit all beings. “Om Tare Tutare Ture Mama Ayur Jana Punye Pushtim Kuru Swaha”. The Mantra Counter will remain in place, accumulating continuously, until Rinpoche’s Extensive Long Life Ceremony in January.

Love is the only cause of happiness. It’s nature is all pervasive like space. Love is the sunlight of the mind.  ~H.E. Garchen Rinpoche