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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Registration is NOW OPEN for our June 23-24 “Learn How to Meditate” weekend retreat. To register Click HERE.

Space still available in our Annual NyungNe and Chenrezig Retreat. To Register, Click SagaDawa/NyungNe !


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.

–  Please join us in accumulating White Tara mantras for the Long Life and continued Excellent Health of our beloved guru, Vajradhara H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. The Garchen Institute Lamas ask that all students of Garchen Rinpoche accumulate White Tara 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.

–  Interviews available with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche June 21, 22, 29 and July 9. Click HERE for details.

–  Rinpoche’s March Teachings on Smoke Offering and Inscription for the Dead can be viewed HERE.

–  Spaces still available for our Ngondro Guru Yoga Month-long retreat, May 22 – July 3. Click HERE to read about our ongoing retreat programs.

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