Upcoming Events

Winter Teachings

December 30th 2017 to January 7th 2018


H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has chosen to bestow the following rare and profound empowerments and teachings:


Minling Dorsem or ‘Mindroling Vajrasattva’ is a famous practice of Vajrasatta revealed as a terma by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje aka Terdak Lingpa, a great terton and the founder of Mindroling Monastery, in 1676 from a place called Ökar Rock. This profound Vajrasattva cycle of teachings is also known as the Profound Meaning of Ati.  A great purifying way to end the year and start anew.


The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path, one of the masterworks of Gampopa, outlines in twenty-eight categories what practitioners of varying levels need to know in order to perfect their spiritual practice. Gampopa (1070-1153), the father of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was the foremost student of the great yogi Milarepa said, “To all future individuals devoted to me who think they cannot meet me: Please read the treatises composed by me, such as Precious Garland and The Ornament of Precious Liberation. It will be no different from meeting me personally.”


Machig Labdron’s Chod       Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan Tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chöd , which literally means “cutting through.” It cuts through hindrances and obscurations, sometimes called ‘demons’. Examples of demons are ignorance, anger and, in particular, the dualism of perceiving the self as inherently meaningful, contrary to the Buddhist doctrine of no-self. The practitioner is fully immersed in the ritual that engages every aspect of one’s being and effects a powerful transformation.


H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s teaching program:


12/30/2017 2pm-5pm Vajrasattva Empowerment (Minling Dorsem)
12/31/2017 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm Annual Sangha Meeting & 2pm-5pm Vajrasattva Teachings
1/01/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Vajrasattva Teachings


1/02/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm  Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
1/03/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
1/04/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Supreme Path


1/05/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Machig Labdron Chod Teachings
1/06/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Machig Labdron Chod Teachings
1/07/2018 2pm-5pm Machig Labdron Chod Empowerment


Venerable Khenpo Tenzin’s teaching program:


Nagarjuna’s poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle is remarkable. Nagarjuna says that all his instructions come from the sacred words of the Buddha himself, and their purpose is to generate the yearning to do the positive.


12/30/2017 9am-12pm Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend


12/31/2017 to  1/06/18  9am-10:30am Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend


1/07/2018 9am-12pm Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend


Chöd Retreat

January 10th -20th 2018

For the first time the Institute is offering a Chod retreat that follows the Chod empowerment and teachings. This 10 day practice retreat will be guided by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin who will give more practice instruction and commentary.  Participants will keep silence and practice 4 sessions a day.   It is an excellent chance to deepen the practice and ride the blessing wave from the Chod empowerment and teachings given by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche at Winter Teachings.

The retreat will be held at our new beautiful, blessed retreat house – Tashi Gatsal Ling. His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche gave it the name which means Auspicious Isle of Delight. Each participant will have their own bedroom, need to pay for and cook their own meals in a shared kitchen and the Institute will do their food shopping.

Open to only 5 participants.  It is strongly recommended to apply soon as it is already filling up!

Email at questions@garchen.net for an application.

Cost – $425


Dharma in Sedona with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

January 12th -14th 2018

We are happy to announce that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will teach an entire weekend for the first time in beautiful, sacred Sedona, Arizona!

Love is the Sunlight of the Mind – Transform suffering into love and compassion.

Public Talk on January 12th,  6:30pm

Songs of Milarepa – The revered great yogi, Jetsun Milarepa, from the 11th century is well known for his unique teachings through profound dharma songs.  H.E Garchen Rinpoche’s vast experiential realizations of Milarepa’s songs will illuminate the essence of our true nature.

January 13th and 14th,   9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm

At the Creative Life Center, Sedona Arizona

2018 Yamantaka Drubchen

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

Dates: February 7th – 15th , 2018

The Garchen Buddhist Institute will be closed during this retreat.

Celebrate LOSAR – Tibetan New Year

with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, the Lamas and Sangha.

February 18th 2018, 10am-2pm

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.

To attend the free noon meal, or for more information, please write to questions@garchen.net or call 928-925-1237. Please be sure to let us know by February 12th if you plan to attend, so our prepared feast is perfectly abundant!

Intensive Tibetan Language Course

March 3rd- April 1st 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 for beginners and advanced students.

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 6 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. The cost of this residential course is $1350.

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


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