2020 Event Schedule

Since the Institute is temporarily closed, only the online programs are available at this time. 

Summary of Events

A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path –

NEW Online Teaching Series March 30 – May 8

* Mahamudra Month-long Retreat / April 17 – May 15 – Postponed

* Saga Dawa 2020 Events / May 16 – June 6 

 * Chenrezig Retreat / May 16 – 18

 * An “Eight Consecutive Nyung Ne Retreat / May 21 – June 6     First Time Offered!

* Summer Teachings & Chakrasamvara Drubchen / July 11 – 19 

* Chakrasamvara Month-long Retreat / July 21 – Aug. 18 

* 100 Days Retreat / August 1 – November 8

 * Vipassana Retreat / August 6 – 9

* 4 Thoughts That Turn the Mind & Shamata / October 1 – 29

* Amitabha Mantra Accumulation /August 29 – 31

* Yoga / QiGong / Meditation Retreat /  September 19 -20

* 21 Praises to Tara Retreat /  September 25 -27                                                           First Time Offered!

* Vajrakilaya Drubchen, Teachings, Empowerment / Nov. 14 – 22

* Vajrakilaya Month-long Retreat / Nov. 24 – Dec. 22

* Winter Teaching Event / Dec 2020 – Jan. 2021 / Specific dates TBA

The Instruction of Gampopa
A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
March 30 – May 8, 2020


We are delighted to offer a new online teaching series for 6 weeks on this invaluable commentary by Gampopa, the father of the Kagyu tradition in Tibet and principal disciple of Jestun Milarepa. Key and precise instructions on the fundamental essentials of the path-  view, meditation and conduct.  Gampopa masterfully outlines the entire path to enlightenment, speaking to practitioners at all levels. His timeless advice is remarkably relevant in today’s challenging world.  
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin’s clear and inspired explanations will illuminate the meaning of this profound text and guide us on to how to practice these precious instructions.
Our skilled translator, Ina Bieler, will convey the depth and precision of Khenpo Tenzin’s insights. 
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week,  Khenpo Tenzin will teach from 9am -12pm Arizona time.  We encourage you to email your questions after each class during the week to questions@garchen.net.
Khenpo Tenzin will answer the questions on Saturdays from 10am – 12pm.  You may also submit your questions on the live YouTube chat stream during the classes.
We are offering these teachings for free.  Everyone is welcome to tune into the livestream on our YouTube channel starting this coming Monday, March 30th.
If anyone would like to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated and used for offerings to Khenpo Tenzin, the translator Ina Bieler, and the Garchen Buddhist Institute for providing the streaming service.
Join us for this excellent opportunity to deepen your Dharma knowledge, understanding and experience!
To make a donation CLICK HERE
Livestream -CLICK HERE
(beginning March 30, 2020 at 9am)
Them Clearly
As Your
~ Gampopa


Dharma Talks with Khenpo Tenzin
10:30am – 12pm  

Learn How to Meditate with Khenpo Tenzin
1pm – 2pm  

White Tara Practice with Garchen Institute Lamas
2pm – 3:30pm


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 continue our new Preliminary Practice Retreat Program that will help students fulfill their aspirations.  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 in the spring of 2019. These provide structure and support and are the method for developing the foundation of practice. The full program of preliminary practice retreats are designed to build on each other.  If you are interested in attending the next Three Year Retreat at the Garchen Institute, some of the program’s pre-requisites can be met by the offerings below.
Please look for more information in the new year.
Group Ngondro Practices 2019
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 and dates:

I. Refuge and Prostration:  April 4 – May 16, 2020
II. Mandala Offerings:  June 8 – July 3, 2020
III. Vajrasattva:  July 22 – September 2, 2020
IV. Guru Yoga:  September 8 – October 20, 2020

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide 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 a shared kitchen.  The Institute will do the food shopping for each retreatant.


$1200 – One Ngondro Retreat
$4000 – All 4 Ngondro Retreats

Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind & Shamatha 2019
* Month-long Retreat or
* 100-Day Retreat

This retreat is designed to help develop renunciation and bodhicitta, which require 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 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.

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind Retreat is offered in two formats:

100 Days Retreat Format
This 3-month-long retreat is recommended for our 3-Year Retreat Program.
Dates:  August 1 – November 8 2020
Cost:   $1800

One-Month Format
September 1 – September 29, 2020
Cost- $800

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!”

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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