Upcoming Events

Celebrate LOSAR – Tibetan New Year

with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, the Lamas and Sangha.

February 18th 2018, 10am-3:30pm

The Garchen Buddhist Institute welcomes your participation in our annual celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New year. Join us in celebrating this auspicious time of renewal!

Lama Chöpa Practice with Tsok (feast offering) will be held at 10 am.

Offerings of fruits, nuts, and candies for the tsok are welcome, followed by a free celebratory noon meal.

2pm – 3:30 White Tara Practice led by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


March 10th and 11th 2018
9am – 12pm & 2pm- 5pm each day
Master Hai Tao has been invited to teach at the Garchen Buddhist Institute for the first time. H.E.Garchen Rinpoche is honored to host Master Hai Tao and will attend his teachings. We encourage everyone to attend this auspicious occasion.
Learn how to cultivate the daily-life skills needed to strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.

“The cultivation of compassion is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, if our species is to survive.”
                                                                                                                                  ~ H.H. Dalai Lama

“Vowing to save sentient beings from suffering rather than seeking personal happiness” is the code of conduct for the Venerable Master Hai Tao.  He first became a monk in 1993 after visiting Huei-Rhi Lecture Hall in Taipei Taiwan and is the founder of Compassion for Life Organization. Master Hai Tao actively works to spread Buddha’s teachings and has established Taiwan Life TV, which airs shows 24 hours a day on Dharma. Master Hai Tao supports all different authentic sects and traditions of Buddhism and has dedicated his life to an extensive variety of charitable activities to benefit to all beings.

Teachings will be translated from Chinese into English

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Intensive Tibetan Language Course

March 5th – March 30th 2018

If you have ever wanted to learn Tibetan or improve your existing language skills, this is a golden opportunity. Venerable Khenpo Tenzin has kindly offered to teach Tibetan to anyone who is interested and the course will be divided into ‘Beginner’ and ‘Advanced’ levels.
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will assess each participant’s level upon arrival and determine which class is best suited to each student.

The beginning class will focus on learning the alphabet, vocabulary and phrases. The advanced class will be on Tibetan grammar, dharma words, some poetry and conversational Tibetan. The classes will be customized to the group’s level facilitating very conducive learning conditions.

The residential course will include daily classes 5 days a week, study, homework and practice. This immersive environment is an excellent way to rapidly learn Tibetan. Study materials, accommodations and food shopping are also included. Participants will pay for their own groceries and cook their own meals in the dorm. The cost of this residential course is $1050.

If you are interested in attending this course, email the Institute at questions@garchen.net or call 928-925-1237

New Retreat Program

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.

Garchen Institute is pleased to announce a new retreat program that will help students fulfill their aspriations. We will be using the expanded retreat facilities for retreats of varying lengths, which 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 starting in March 2018. These provide structure and support and are the method for developing the foundation of practice. The full program of retreats are designed to build on each other. If you are interested in attending the next three year retreat at the Institute or some of the retreats offered in the program, many will have pre-requisites; including having completed the preliminary practice retreats (or equivalent) that we are offering below.


Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind and Shamatha

One month retreat designed to help develop renunciation and bodhicitta and start to build the foundation of a successful meditation practice.

Location: Retreat Village and teachings in Retreat Village Temple. (this area was only used for the 3 year retreat in the past)

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide each participant in their solitary retreat in primitive huts (most of the huts have heat) and will give group teachings and meditation instruction. Retreatants will pay for and cook their own food in one of the two kitchens in the retreat village. The Institute will do the food shopping for each retreatant.

Dates – March 1 – 30, 2018
Cost- $800

This retreat will also be offered again at Tashi Gatsal Ling Retreat House
October 5 – November 5, 2018

Group Ngondro Practices 2018

There are so many benefits to doing group retreat with a qualified guide and fellow practitioners. Practicing together helps each participant gain extra stamina and momentum from a shared group dynamic and develop the necessary skills to deeper their practice. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in and, depending on your situation, even complete your Ngondro practices! You may engage in any or all of the retreats.

The retreats that will be offered include (see schedule below):
I. Refuge and Prostration
II. Guru Yoga
III. Mandala Offerings
llll. Vajrasattva

Location: Tashi Gatsal Ling Retreat House

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide a group of 5 participants with instruction and commentary on the ngondro practices which are essential for purifying and accumulating merit. Each participant has their own bedroom, shared bath and will pay for and cook their own food in the shared kitchen. The Institute will do the food shopping for each retreatant.

Dates – April 7rd – May 20, 2018 – Refuge and Prostrations

May 22 – July 3, 2018 – Guru Yoga

July 6 – August 17, 2018 – Mandala Offerings

August 20 – September 30 – Vajrasattva

Cost – $4000 for all 4 Ngondro Retreats
Cost – $1200 for one Ngondro Retreat

If you are interested in attending any of these retreats please email for an application to questions@garchen.net

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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