ONLINE 2021 Event Schedule


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We offer all our  live-stream Dharma programs for free. If you would like to make a donation to Garchen Buddhist Institute it would be greatly appreciated. Your donations will be used to help support the Institute in its various offerings and activities for the benefit of all beings.

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Serkhangma Prayer
 Commentary

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next Teaching: November 30

Every Tuesday and Thursday

H.E.Garchen Rinpoche has requested Khenpo Tenzin give an extensive commentary on the Serkhangma prayer and stresses how important it is for all his disciples to fully understand the deeper meaning of this profound prayer. Join us online for this rare opportunity to learn the deeper meaning of this prayer which is unique to the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.

DATES:

November 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 30
December 2

SCHEDULE:

Tuesdays: 10am -12pm MST (UTC-7)

Thursdays: 3pm -5pm MST (UTC-7)

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Arya Tara Practice

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

Next session December 2

Thursdays

8am -9am MST (UTC-7)

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White Tara

New Series
GURU STORIES 

by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Next Date to be Announced

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

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has kindly accepted a heartfelt request from his students to share stories of his own personal experiences with his Gurus.
This series will include talks on all of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Gurus in this lifetime.  It is extremely rare and precious for us to be able to hear directly from our Beloved Guru, intimate details about his own journey of guru devotion.

Join us for this exceptional sharing that promises to inspire and deepen our understanding of the profound meaning of the Guru!

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Arya Tara Practice

and

Jangchok for the Deceased

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

and
Garchen Institute Lamas

Next session  December 5

10am -12pm MST (UTC-7)

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White Tara

Meditation Series
on the
37 Bodhisattva Practices

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next Class December 5

3pm -4pm MST (UTC-7)

Classes Every Sunday

when there is no other event

(Click here to check calendar)

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Medicine Buddha Puja

To Help End The Pandemic

Garchen Institute Lamas

 December 11
9:00am – 10:00am MST (UTC-7)

Message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

To all my dharma friends in the world,

I request you all to begin the accumulation of 100 million Medicine Buddha mantras on the occasion of H.H.  the Drikung Kyabgon Chokyi Nangwa’s 80th Birthday Celebration. 

Also now it seems that unless we perform many strong pujas and practices it will be very difficult to stop the pandemic in the world.  And if we cannot stop it, then a lot of precious human lives get wasted and it’s very difficult to end it because of the karma and obscurations of sentient beings.  If we were to recite 100 million Medicine Buddha mantras that would help bring an end to the pandemic.

 In brief anyone who wishes to stop the spread of this deadly disease should recite the Medicine Buddha mantra.  It doesn’t matter what lineage or faith you practice or who you are – the person or the lineage makes no difference.  When you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra then ideally you will not get the disease and even if you get it, you will not die from it. So that is how the mantra recitation makes a difference. So please keep this in mind. 

When you submit your mantra accumulations it is like putting money in your bank. If you only have your personal bank account the interest that is earned is small. However by everyone submitting their mantras together it is like putting all our money in the same bank account and then more interest is earned and the merit becomes much more powerful.

Some people do not know how to dedicate their virtuous activites. However if you submit your mantras all together, then your merit will be dedicated properly and never be exhausted. Just like a small river can dry up but a vast ocean will never dry up.

The Garchen Institute will host a Medicine Buddha Puja once a month.

Be sure to keep submitting your mantra accumulations!

Calling on the worldwide sangha to come together to help extinquish the pandemic!

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Texts / Resources

  • Gar  Monastery Blessed Gong  Audio
  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • Medicine Buddha Sadhana – A Deep Blue Stream of Lapis Lazuli
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer

Gar Monastery Blessed Gong Audio
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Yellow Prayer Book
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Medicine Buddha Sadhana
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Blue Prayer Book
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For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Polish & Spanish
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Medicine Buddha Mantra Accumulation

Q&A with Garchen Rinpoche

 Year-round Nyungne / Nyingne Practice

Led by Venerable Lama Bu Nima

H.E. Garchen Rlnpoche has given this specific message regarding the Nyungne practice series:

Geshe Ngawang Phuntsok Rinpoche said:” The Nyungne ritual is simple but has great benefits.” As said in The Benefits of the Mahayana Sojong Vows, “Completing this practice even just once, one could take rebirth in the human or god realm; one could gain a precious human body that leads to temporary happiness and, ultimately, to enlightenment.”

This practice is now available online, and those who join may receive great merits.

Lama Bu Nima attended the first Nyungne I led in Gargon in 1982, and he has done many more since. He continues to conduct this practice in the traditional way. And now he is responsible for leading this monthly Nyungne retreat.

This event is hosted by Garchen Dharma Society (GDS)

December practice registration starts now. Registration closes one week prior.

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Schedule

Planned Dates – Tibetan Calendar

  • Monthly practice on 14th, 15th and 16th morning.
  • Annually, we will do 8 Nyunges in a row from the 7th to the 23rd in the first Tibetan month.

Planned Dates – Western Calendar

  • 2021
    • October 19 – 21
    • November 18 – 20
    • December 17 – 19
  • 2022
    • January 16 – 18
    • February 15 – 17
    • March 9 – 25*
    • May 15 – 17

 ONLINE SUNDAY PRACTICES

White Tara Practice with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
10am – 12pm

Meditation Series om 37 Bodhisattva Practices with
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
3:00 -4:00pm

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. 

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.

To submit names for the Jangchok for the Living or the Dead, please email your list of names to: dedications@garchen.net by Wednesday the week prior to the Sunday practice.

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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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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):
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Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune
(page 63 of this text):

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* Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):
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Blue Prayer Book:
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NEW ONLINE Retreat Program:

Preliminary Practice Retreats

So many students have the aspiration to put into practice the extraordinary teachings that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has tirelessly given over the last 20 years in the West. Whether you are new to Buddhism or have recieved many teachings and empowerments, the preliminary pratices are profoundly essential on the path of awakening.

Garchen Institute is pleased to continue our Preliminary Practice Retreat Program Online to help students fulfill their aspirations.  Due to our temporary closure, we will be offering this program online in 2021. These online retreats of varying lengths encompass the scope of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and, in particular, those of the Drikung Kagyu tradition as taught by H. E. Garchen Rinpoche.

We will begin by offering preliminary practice retreats, also called ngondro retreats, in the spring of 2021. These retreats provide structure and support and are the method for developing the foundation of all practice. The full program of preliminary practice retreats are designed to build on each other.

 
Online Preliminary / Ngondro Practices 2021

This program gives you the flexibility to accomplish your Ngondro as your life and schedule allow. Each participant will customize their own retreat schedule according to their individual circumstances.  Accumulations of 100,000 are required for each preliminary.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

The retreats and dates:

I. Refuge and Prostration:  March 20 – July 3, 2021 – COMPLETED 

II. Vajrasattva:  July 24 – September 18, 2021 – COMPLETED

III. Mandala Offerings:  October 2 – November 6, 2021 – COMPLETED

IV. Guru Yoga:  November 27 – December 18, 2021  – Registration CLOSED

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide participants in zoom classes with instruction and commentary on the ngondro practices which are essential for purifying and accumulating merit.  Registration is required and participants must commit to doing the entire retreat and attend a zoom class once for instruction and discussion. This retreat will be restricted for the particpants and will not be accessible on our YouTube channel for the public.

We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free.  However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. The suggested donation of $200 for the Guru Yoga ngondro retreat will help cover the offerings and costs to provide this programing.  Please know that this is only a suggestion and donations of any size are gratefully accepted. Click to Donate

If you are interested in attending the future ngondro retreats please email registration@garchen.net

The length of each ngondro retreat is longer than usual because Khenpo Tenzin recognizes that each person’s conditions will vary and some may work full time, part time, or be retired.  You will be required to do a minimum of one session of practice everyday for each ngondro retreat.

We encourage anyone who has been wanting to dive deeper into practice to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

 Cakrasamvara Empowerment, Teachings
Drupcho Retreat

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
and
Garchen Institute Lamas

Teachings, training, practice

Recorded September 25 – 29, 2021

OPEN FOR ONGOING REGISTRATION

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the profound Cakrasamvara empowerment, led practice sessions and gave teachings.

Cakrasamvara is the main yidam of all Kagyu lineages, and the central deity practiced in the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Cakrasamvara is centered around using bliss and emptiness to recognize and rest in our true nature or Buddha essence.

Cakrasamavara practice sessions were led by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas. 

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a master teacher of the Cakrasamvara practice and three-year retreat master at the Garchen Institute. Click Here for longer bio.

REQUIRED COMMITTMENT

Anyone who wants to receive the Cakrasamvara empowerment and do the practice must commit to the samaya. The samaya is to never lose your love and to recite 100,000 Cakrasamvara mantras in your lifetime. The mantra for accumulation

ༀ་ཤྲཱི་བཛྲ་ཧེ་ཧེ་རུ་རུ་ཀཾ་ཧུཾ་ཧཱུྂ་ཕཊ་ཌཱ་ཀི་ནཱི་ཛཱ་ལ་སཾ་ཝ་རཾ་སྭཱ་ཧཱ།

OṀ ŚRĪ VAJRA HE HE RU RU KAṂ HUṂ HŪṀ PHAṬ ḌĀKINĪ JĀLA SAṂVARAṂ SVĀHĀ

EMPOWERMENT

You will need a blindfold. Typically a red cloth, wide enough to cover your eyes and hook over each ear is used.

DONATIONS

We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free.  However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted and will be used for offerings to our Lamas and support staff. Click to Donate

ATTENDANCE

This online retreat was recorded and is available on an ongoing basis. Click here for required registration.

Cakrasamvara empowerment and practice sessions on YouTube, mantra recordings, and texts are available only to those who have registered for the retreat. Video links will be emailed to you for full access.

 

Manjushri YAMANTAKA

Online Empowerment and Retreat in our YouTube Library

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

and Garchen Institute Lamas

* It is possible to receive this empowerment and do this practice at any time but you must go through our registration process.  Click here for more info.

Policy for Attending Events and Retreats

The facilities of the Garchen Buddhist Institute are available only to persons who are accepted as students participating in a specific event or program relating to Buddhist studies or specific retreat.

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