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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“One of the most precious Drikung Kagyu lamas, Lho Kunsang Rinpoche, is currently very ill and in hospital. Therefore, I am asking all Drikung Kagyu disciples to accumulate White Tara mantras for his long life. When we pray for the long life of the lama we accumulate merit and this root of virtue then will be of benefit to the long life and well-being of all teachers.”
– H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


Total White Tara mantras for
Garchen Rinpoche’s long life.
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Total will be updated twice daily, at 7:00am and 7:00pm (1900) Pacific Time.

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.


Taught by Khenpo Tenzin
10am – 11:30am Pacific
Every Sunday in August
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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