Welcome to the Garchen Buddhist Institute!

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 has programs 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.

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