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.


Dear Worldwide Community,

The Institute remains temporarily closed due to our construction projects and covid. 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.

Happy Birthday H.E. Garchen Rinpoche!

Click here to view Birthday Film in English

Click here to view Birthday Film in Chinese

Events, Practices, Classes & Services

May 2022

Questions and Answers

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Please note questions have already been submitted.

May 28
10am – 11:30am PDT (UTC-7)


White TaraArya Tara Practice
Jangchok for the Living

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
The Garchen Institute Lamas
Next Practice: May 29
Sundays / 10am – 12pm PDT (UTC-7)

Meditation Series
on the
37 Bodhisattva Practices

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next Class: May 29
Classes Every Sunday
when there is no other event
3pm -4pm PDT (UTC-7)
(Click here to check calendar)

Chrenrezig For Nyungne

Eight Nyung Ne Retreats for Saga Dawa

In Person and Online Retreat

with Lama Bu Nima

May 31 -June 16

Click Here for more information

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

The Garchen Institute Lamas

Every Tuesday if there is no other event
Next Practice: June 21
Tuesdays / 8am – 9am PDT (UTC-7)

Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next class: June 21
10am – 12pm PDT (UTC-7)

Next Question and Answer session: to be announced
1:30-2:45pm PDT (UTC-7)
Click here to login to Zoom session
ID : 218 378 3697
Password: Ratna88

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Medicine Buddha Practice

with the Garchen Institute Lamaa

June date to be Announced

Medicine Buddha Mantra Accumulation

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


Ina Bieler has served us all tirelessly for 17 years by translating the sublime teachings of Garchen Rinpoche. This gift of Dharma has saved and changed our lives! Now we can repay her kindness by donating to the Garchen Institute to provide housing for Ina to use.  Click to Donate

10am  &  3-4pm

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)
  •  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.
  • 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,

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 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:

White Tara Sadhana:

Praise of the 21 Taras

Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras

* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):

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


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

Blue Prayer Book:


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