WELCOME TO THE GARCHEN BUDDHIST INSTITUTE
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.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Dear Worldwide Community,

The Institute remains temporarily closed due to our construction projects and covid. However we have begun the first phase of our reopening with scheduled visits for circuambulating the stupas and our first in-person intensive three week group retreat scheduled in October.  As conditions allow we will progress with our multi phased reopening plan and will send out announcements to keep you all informed.  These decisions are rooted in the utmost concern for everyone’s safety, protection and well-being. We are never truly separate, and have a very full online events schedule of precious Dharma to keep us connected in prayer, practice and love.

Sending prayers and love for everyone’s well being.

ONLINE OFFERINGS:
Events, Practices, Classes & Services

UPCOMING EVENTS
 October 2021

First Time Ever Offered…

New Series
GURU STORIES 

by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

 October 23

10:30am -12pm PDT (UTC-7)

Hosted by Denver Dzogchen

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White TaraArya Tara Practice

and Dharma Protector Practice

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
&
Garchen Institute Lamas

October 24
10am -12pm PDT (UTC-7)

Meditation Series
on the
37 Bodhisattva Practices

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next class October 24

3pm -4pm PDT (UTC-7)

Classes Every Sunday
when there is no other event
(Click here to check calendar)

Ven Khenpo Tenzin Serkhangma Prayer
Commentary Series

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next Teaching: October 26

Every Tuesday and Thursday

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Lhabab Duchen

      Celebration of H.H. The Drikung Kyabgon
Chokyi Nangwa 80Th Birthday

 H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
will join the celebration

 October 27
6:00am PDT (UTC-7)

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Medicine Buddha Puja

In Honor of H.H. The Drikung Kyabgon Chokyi Nangwa
80th Birthday
&
To Help End The Pandemic

 H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
and Garchen Institute Lamas

 October 27
11:00am – 12pm PDT (UTC-7)

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White TaraArya Tara Practice

Dedicated to H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Long Life

Next Practice: October 28

Thursdays

8am -9am PDT (UTC-7)

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

SUNDAY PRACTICE
10am  &  2 – 3:00 pm

Garchen 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.

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. 

We are happy to be able to contiune these offerings online, during this time of difficulty.

  • White Tara Practice  with H.E.Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas: 10am – 12pm
  • Guided Meditation on 37 Bodhisattva Practices  3:00 -4pm with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin  

Each Sunday, along with the White Tara sadhana, we will do a different additional practice on a rotating basis. That rotation will look like this:

  •  Jangchok for the Living
  •  Jangchok for the Dead
  •  Dharmapalas (Dharma protectors)
  •  Jangchock 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.
  • Please do not give your names as a numbered 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,
CLICK HERE

For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese & Russian
CLICK HERE

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 Praise of 21 Taras insert (replacing pages 24 – 39 of the sadhana)
  • with Benefits of 21 Praises of Tara
  • 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:
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Download

White Tara Sadhana:
View
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Praise of the 21 Taras
View
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
View
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* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):
View

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

View
Download

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

Blue Prayer Book:
View
Download

PUJA SERVICES

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,
CLICK HERE

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,
CLICK HERE

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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