2018 Event Schedule

Retreat Program:

Common Preliminaries and Ngondro 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.

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.

CURRENT OFFERINGS:
Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind and Shamatha

One month retreat and three month retreat designed to help develop renunciation and bodhicitta which requires a deeply contemplative look at your life. Shamata is a meditation practice that develops mindfulness and attention which leads to more peace in the mind.  These qualities are the foundation of a successful meditation practice which leads to greater happiness.

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 – April 1 – July 7 / Cost $1800 — This three month retreat is the equivalent of the 100-day retreat, a pre-requistie for our 3-year retreat program.

Dates -October 5 – November 5, 2018
Cost- $800

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 one retreat, or attend all four! This program gives you the flexibility to accomplish your Ngondro as your life and schedule allow.

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

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.

TESTIMONIAL from participant in the first ngondro retreat at Tashi Gatsal Ling House

“Being in the Southwest Buddhafield’s protective sphere, in the joyful compound of Tashi Gatsal Ling house, was like having a wish fulfilling jewel placed in the palm. Having my own personal space and yet being surrounded by a community doing the same practices, was the perfect mix of a solitary and group retreat. Khenpo Tenzin was immensely kind, supportive and sensitive to the needs of our particular group. It is hard to imagine a more conducive circumstance for performing the profound and transformative preliminary trainings of the practice lineage. In these uncertain times, when the shortcomings of modern life is in the forefront of everyone’s awareness, let us arouse confidence in the dharma, and take advantage of the inconceivable opportunity to practice in retreat for our own and others benefit!”

Dates:

July 9 – August 18, 2018 – Mandala Offerings

August 20 – September 30 – Vajrasattva

October 5 – November 5 –  Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind and Shamata

Cost:

$1200 – One Ngondro Retreat

$4000 – All 4 Ngondro Retreats

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

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SUMMER TEACHINGS

Ganges Mahamudra Pith Instructions & Chakrasamvara Commentary, Instruction, Empowerment and Retreat

by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje

June 30 – July 8

REGISTRATION OPEN –  Click here

This summer, dharma blessings will shower down like rain! Summer Teachings will include pith instruction on the incomparable Ganges Mahamudra, followed by commentary, teaching, empowerment and practice retreat of the profound Chakrasamvara deity practice.

June 30 – July 1: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will offer pith instruction on the Ganges Mahamudra – Tilopa’s radiant instruction to Naropa on how to rest in the pure and luminous state of our natural mind.

July 2 – July 4: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorje will offer profound commentary and teaching on the Chakrasamvara practice, culminating with Chakrasamvara empowerment in the afternoon session of July 4.

July 5 – July 8: Garchen Rinpoche and Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorje will lead a Chakrasamvara Retreat.

Chakrasamvara is the main Yidam of all Kagyu lineages, and the central deity practiced in the 5 Fold path of Mahamudra of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. With an altruistic motivation to benefit all beings, the practice of Chakrasamvara is centered around using “bliss & emptiness” to recognize and rest in our true nature or Buddha essence.

Chakrasamvara is a Vajrayana practice with two central Buddha figures used as a path of meditation and transformation. Chakrasamvara is the male deity who represents “bliss” and he is in union with Vajravarahi the female deity who represents “emptiness”.

Bliss refers to our spacious, open, and clear state of mind, infused with compassion. Emptiness refers to the interconnectedness of all, material and non-material.  A drupchen is a powerful way to continously engage in this profound practice with day and night sessions.  Chakrasamvara requires empowerment prior to participation in the practice.

Finally, as a special treat for these Summer Teachings, we will offer Daily Yoga Practice with Joyanna Maria Ananda. As a student, practitioner and guide of Qigong and Yoga for most of her adult life, she has been blessed to have studied with Master Teachers in China, Tibet and India. Inspired in the natural blend of these eastern sciences, her classes are unique and spontaneous, joyfully creative and alive. We are so fortunate to have Joyanna lead daily classes, an excellent way to prepare our bodies and channels for the deepening practices offered during our Summer Teachings at the Garchen Buddhist Institute.

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CHAKRASAMVARA MONTH LONG RETREAT

Led by the Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje

July 9 – August 5

Immediately following our Summer Teachings, where instruction, empowerment and practice retreat of the Five-deity Chakrasamvara will be given, we offer an opportunity to go deep into this profound deity yoga practice under the guidance of Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje. Six participants will live in the retreat village and practice three sessions a day in their own hut, and one group session in the village temple. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to properly do a deity retreat, and all the rituals involved. This retreat is a prerequisite for the three year retreat program.

Yidam practice is a very special tantric practice in which one transforms one’s normal, samsaric experience of reality into an extraordinary experience of the true state of all phenomena. While the teachings of the sutra-level consider ignorance as the root cause of samsaric existence, the tantric teachings identify the ordinary appearances as the root cause of samsara. The practice of Yidam is a special and profound method to quickly transform ordinary appearances into enlightened appearances. To be more accurate, this practice uncovers the actual state of appearances and reveal them to be pure and empty unceasingly. Yidam practice does not make ordinary appearances into something they are not — pure and empty of inherent existence. Rather, it uncovers the purity and emptiness that have always been there but obscured and unseen.

Due to the special nature of these teachings, it is best that one receive the details of these teachings directly from an authentic teacher of the lineage. Thus, this opportunity to practice in a small group, under the guidance of Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje, is rare and precious indeed.

The retreat village is drenched in blessings. At its center is the village temple, as well as a common kitchen building, shower/toilet, and laundry.

Cost:  $1000

If you are interested in attending this special retreat, please email for an application to questions@garchen.net

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ANNUAL VAJRAKILAYA DRUPCHEN

November 10 – 18

With H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas

Registration Opens October 10, 2018

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VAJRAKILAYA MONTH LONG RETREAT

Led by the Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje

November 20 – December 16

Immediately following our Vajrakilaya Drubchen, we offer an opportunity to go deep into this profound deity yoga practice under the guidance of Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje. Six participants will live in the retreat village and practice two sessions a day in their own hut, and two group session in the village temple. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to properly do a deity retreat, and all the rituals involved.

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the buddha of purification, and Vajrakilaya practice focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles. In today’s difficult times, anxieties about our personal life and world conditions can create disturbing thought-forms. With billions of people consumed by the same concerns, our shared thoughts create an interwoven web of great turmoil around the world. This can give rise to afflictive emotions, creating inner obstacles to spiritual practice and happiness, which, in turn, manifest as outer obstacles in life.
Vajrakilaya practice is especially helpful and suitable during this time and is a perfect way to prepare for the New Year. Sincere participation in this practice is said to generate merit and potential realization. Dedicating the practice to all sentient beings extends this benefit and enhances world peace and prosperity.

Due to the special nature of these teachings, it is best that one receive the details of these teachings directly from an authentic teacher of the lineage. Thus, this opportunity to practice in a small group, under the guidance of Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje, is rare and precious indeed.

The retreat village is full of blessings. At its center is the temple, as well as a common kitchen building, shower/toilet, and laundry.

Cost:  $1000

If you are interested in attending this special retreat, please email for an application to questions@garchen.net

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EXTENSIVE LONG LIFE CEREMONY FOR H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE AND WINTER TEACHINGS

December 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019

With H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas

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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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