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 cultivates compassion and wisdom for the benefit of individuals, communities and the world at large.

*OPEN  We welcome all visitors daily 9:30am – 4:30pm.   Closed Wednesdays


Watch this inspiring film narrated by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
about the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Arizona. WATCH FILM
(This film was made by Garchen Dharma Institute in Taiwan)


Cakrasamvara Empowerment and Drupchen

Led by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee
Garchen Institute Lamas

July 27 – 31
In person arrival is July 26
In person and online registrations are open

Intensive Cakrasamvara Practice Retreat
August 2 -16
Requires application

Click here for registration links and more information.

Vajrakilaya Teachings and Drupchen

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Lopon Thupten Nima
Garchen Institute Lamas

August 31 – September 8
In person arrival is August 30
In person and online registrations open at 9am PDT on July 13

Vajrakilaya Intensive Retreat
September 10 – 18
Requires application

Click here for more information.

The Self-Radiance of Indestructible Awareness and Emptiness

with Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche

October 5 – 12
In person arrival is October 4
In person and online registrations open at 9am PDT on August 5

Click here for more information.

Medicine Buddha Practice

with the Garchen Institute Lamas

Next Practice: July 14
10am-12pm PDT (UTC-8)

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Meditation Series on Mindfulness

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Every Sunday if there is no other event

Next Practice: July 14, 21

Sundays / 3pm-4pm PDT (UTC-8)

Click here for livestream

NEW Dharma Discussion Series

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Bring your Dharma questions and join a lively discussion with your sangha community.

Join In person or zoom online

Every Sunday if there is no other event

Next Practice: July 14, 21

Sundays / 4pm – 5pm PDT (UTC-8)

Zoom log in has changed after the first session on June 9.  Please re-register to receive updated zoom log in information.

Click here to register for new Zoom log in information. 

Arya Tara Practice for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's Long Life

Garchen Insitute LamasWhite Tara

Every Tuesday if there is no other event

Next Practice: July 16, 23

Tuesdays / 8am-9am PDT (UTC-8)

Click here for livestream

2024 Online Ngondro Program

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Sunday, June 16 to October 4
Online only
In person only for a few live Q&A sessions; most of the course is not available in person

Next Live Q&A Session for Vajrasattva:
Saturday, July 20
9am-11am PDT (UTC-8)

It is necessary to sign up for the Vajrasattva online program even if you are currently in the Refuge / Prostration program to ensure you have the updated zoom log in information.

Click here for registration link and more information.

Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Deceased

H.E. Garchen RinpocheWhite Tara
Garchen Institute Lamas

Next Practice: July 21

10am-12pm PDT (UTC-8)

Click here for livestream

Messages and Teachings

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

World Peace Prayer

from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

In the western new year, those of who have connection to us, everyone please do your best to recite the World Peace Prayer through the day and night. It is good to keep count of your recitations and submit your numbers on our website.

Click here for World Peace Prayer

Click here to submit recitations

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 & 4-5pm

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

Guided Meditation with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

*NEW* Dharma Discussion 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

Please RSVP if you plan to attend in person and eat lunch. We will be providing a delicious lunch by donation, and we need to know how much food to prepare. You can RSVP by clicking here.

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

Amitabha Mantra Accumulation

Mani Mantra Accumulation

The Way of the Bodhisattva Accumulation

Red Chenrezig Mantra Accumulation

Dzambhala Mantra Accumulation

Guru Rinpoche Mantra Accumulation

Medicine Buddha Mantra Accumulation

Namgyalma Mantra Accumulation

Vajrakilaya Mantra Accumulation

Vajrasattva 6-Syllable Mantra Accumulation

Yamantaka Mantra Accumulation

7 Verses of Supplication to Tara Accumulation

Peaceful Manjushri Mantra Accumulation

World Peace Prayer 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