A Sanctuary of Peace

The Garchen Buddhist Institute was founded by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche in Chino Valley, Arizona. It is rooted in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Garchen Rinpoche created the Institute to establish the Buddha Dharma in the West, and to offer practitioners of all levels the opportunity to receive teachings, and participate in short or extended meditation practices. The Institute is at the heart of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s international mandala and the educational programming offered here inspires and cultivate compassion and wisdom for the benefit of individuals, communities and the world at large.

The Institute remains temporarily closed to the general public due to road work.  If you are interested to visit the Insitute please call us for more information. Please check the event page for upcoming in person events and retreats.  We will continue to offer our livestream service of all our dharma events.

87th Birthday Tribute film to H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Click Here to watch English video

Click Here to watch Chinese video

May 2023

Sunday Practice: Arya Tara and Jangchok for the Living

 H.E. Garchen RinpocheWhite Tara

& the Garchen Institute Lamas

May 28

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Meditation Series on Mindfulness

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Classes Every Sunday when there is no other event
Next Livestream Class: May 28

3pm -4pm PDT (UTC-7)
Click here for the livestream link.



White TaraArya Tara Practice for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Long Life

with the Garchen Institute Lamas

Every Tuesday if there is no other event
Next Livestream Practices: May 9, 30

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Tuesdays / 8am – 9am PDT (UTC-7)

Jewel Ornament of Liberation

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next classes:  May 30

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10am – 12pm PDT (UTC-7)

Next Question and Answer session: TBA
1:30-2:45pm PDT (UTC-7)

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ID : 218 378 3697
Password: Ratna88

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*Teachings on King of Noble Prayers
*Meditation and Discussion Groups
*Tibetan Qigong

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Khenpo Tenzin
Kathleen Davis

June 17 -21
In person and online

This is the only time this summer that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will be giving extended teachings. Sezie this precious opportunity to be in his prescene. 

Registration is NOW OPEN. Click to Register

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Medicine Buddha Practice

with the Garchen Institute Lamas


8am – 9am PDT (UTC-7)

Monthly Online Nyungne Retreat

with Lama Bu Nima

Hosted by Garchen Dharma Society (GDS)

To Be Announced
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Messages and Teachings

Click here for a compilation of important messages and highlights of teachings given by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche Film

Click here to view the film about the life of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, For the Benefit of All Beings

Click here to view the trailer

Biography of

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Click here to view the read The Lama of Many Lifetimes – The Early Years (1937-1958) Book 1 which is about the life of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. This volume is currently out of print but can be read online. Book 2 is available for purchase in our online store.

10-12pm  &  3-4pm

White TaraGarchen Buddhist Institute’s Sunday practices, dharma talks, and classes have been our offering for many years — a way for the local community of practitioners and seekers to come together in love and learning, and a way for the world-wide sangha to feel connected to Garchen Rinpoche, the Lamas and the Institute via livestream. We are happy to be able to continue these offerings online, during this time of difficulty.

Note: This Sunday program is only available when there is not another event scheduled at the Institute. Click our Event Calendar for more clarity on the schedule. 

Sunday Practice with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
10:00am – 12:00pm

Guided Meditation with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Each Sunday we will do a different practice on a rotating basis. That rotation will look like this:

*Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living
(Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the living)

*Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Dead
(Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the dead)

*Lama Chopa and Dharmapalas
(Dharma protectors)

*Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living and so forth.

Click the Texts for Sunday Practice, below, to view or download all the texts you will need.

To submit names for the Jangchok for the Living or the Dead please email your list of names to: dedications@garchen.net

  • Please group your names by Living or Dead, clearly stated.
  • Names are listed by commas or semicolons if needed, for example:  Jane Smith, Julio Lopez, Pham Duc Lam… it helps us tremendously if you list your dedication names similarly.
  • You are welcome to submit names in your native language character or type.
  • Dates, locations, relationship are not included in the list

Thank you so much. May all beings benefit, and be relieved of suffering and its causes!

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Join Us Online

To participate via livestream,

For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese & Russian

All Texts For Sunday Practice

Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana with inserts OR Lama Chöpa
  • Weekly Additional Practice –
    here we will practice one of the texts marked with an *
  • Summoning Good Fortune
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:

White Tara Sadhana:

Praise of the 21 Taras

Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras

* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):

* Lama Chopa

* Lama Chopa – Chinese

*Serkhangma Prayer

* Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):

Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune
(page 63 of this text):

Blue Prayer Book:

Mantra Accumulations

White Tara Mantra Accumulation

Guru Rinpoche Mantra Accumulation

Medicine Buddha Mantra Accumulation

World Peace Prayer Accumulation

Mani Mantra Accumulation

Amitabha Mantra Accumulation

Namgyalma Mantra Accumulation

Puja Services

White Tara

The Garchen Buddhist Institute is pleased to introduce a new program of Sponsored Puja Services. Pujas are prayer rituals which involve visualization, mantra recitation and offerings to enlightened beings (Buddhas & Bodhisattvas). They are performed to receive the blessings of these enlightened beings, to accumulate merit, and to dispel obstacles and negative circumstances for oneself and others. Pujas can be sponsored to benefit oneself or another, for the living or for the dead.

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Request a Puja

To request/sponsor a puja,

Taking Vows Online

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has said that it is extremely beneficial to take vows online, as it really shows you have a strong aspiration to receive them! He has also said that the reason you are truly able to receive vows online, is because of the ultimate nature of the Three Jewels — the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings), and the Sangha (spiritual community). This ultimate nature is actually love, which is all-pervasive like space. So if you have the heart and intention of love, you receive the vows whether or not you are physically present for the ceremony.

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Take Vows

To take your Refuge, Bodhisattva, or other vows online,

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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