2020 Event Schedule

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

Summary of Events
(Click bold Title to go to event details)

            ONLINE Saga Dawa 2020 Events 

 * ONLINE Chenrezig Empowerment  May 23 

* ONLINE Eight Mahayana Precepts Vows and Commentary 

    by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche May 24-25 

* ONLINE Chenrezig Practice May 26 – June 3  

* ONLINE Q & A with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche May 30th  

 *ONLINE Nyung Ne Retreat / June 4 – 6

 * ONLINE Teaching Series on Gong Chik / June 9 – August 27

* ONLINE  Summer Teachings & Chakrasamvara   July 11 – 19

* ONLINE Vipassana Retreat / August 6 – 9 

* ONLINE Amitabha Mantra Accumulation /August 29 – 31



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

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

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

* Mahamudra Month-long Retreat / To be Announced

* 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


Chenrezig Empowerment 
Eight Mahayana Precepts and Commentary 
Chenrezig Sadhana Commentary and Practice 
Q & A  
Nyung Ne Retreat

May 23 – June 6, 2020

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas will perform these Dharma acitivities during a very auspicious time. 

Saga Dawa Duchen is considered one of the most holy times in Tibetan Buddhism, marking the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha Shakyamuni.

It is said that on this day, the karma of all positive and negative actions is multiplied 100 million times. Thus, it is a tremendously auspicious time to engage in virtuous practice, and perform acts of kindness and generosity. Because of this multiplying effect, this is a golden opportunity to accomplish vast merit and virtue in a short amount of time

Chenrezig is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas.  His great compassion seeks to to relieve the suffering of all beings and  bring them to ultimate enlightenment. It is said that while he was in the presence of Amitabha, Chenrezig thought, “As long as there is even one being who has not attained awakening, I will strive for the benefit of all.”

When Amitabha heard this, he transmitted to Chenrezig the six syllable mantra: OM MANI PADME HUNG. It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained within this mantra, and by its power our mind’s obscurations will be purified.

We develop the enlightened quality of compassion through Chenrezig practice and mantra recitation as well as by compassionate conduct toward all beings.

You may attend any portion of the Chenrezig Practice. However if you wish to participate in the Nyung Ne Retreat, you must complete all consecutive sessions in the prescribed time frame.  

NYUNG NE is a special practice of the thousand armed Chenrezig. It is a retreat of body, speech and mind which lasts two and a half days. Nyung Ne combines a commitment to fasting and silence, with prostrations or circumambulations (as your physical conditions allows). The eight Mahayana precepts, or “Sojong” vows, are taken for two days, wherein we vow to abstain from killing, stealing, lying, intoxicants, etc. We rarely have an opportunity to take and fully keep these special vows, and the benefit of all practice is increased while holding these vows. So this is a truly precious chance.

Nyung Ne practice also creates strong empathy and reminds us of the suffering in the lower realms – we feel what hungry ghosts feel, we ourselves feel what any suffering being feels. And this arouses in us the desire to liberate beings from suffering. 

The benefits of this practice are incalculable for the purification of eons of negative karma for ourselves and others. Patrul Rinpoche has said that practicing even one Nyung Ne will guarantee rebirth in the human realm. And for those who are completely dedicated this practice one-pointedly for the benefit of others, this practice alone could be one’s only tool or method for the attainment of enlightenment.

This is the first time we are offering the Nyung Ne practice entirely ONLINE. Please set up your own space in your home where you have room to prostrate. You will need to follow all of our online sessions in order to properly complete the Nyung Ne Retreat. If you are in a different time zone, you can watch the videos that will be saved on our YouTube channel, and perform the retreat according to your time zone in the world. 


(Arizona time is currently  PDT – Pacific Daylight  Time, GMT -7)
May 23rd /  9-5pm
Chenrezig Sadhana Commentary by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin  9-12pm
Chenrezig Empowerment by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche  2- 5pm
May 24 and 25  /  9 – 5pm
by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche 
9-12pm and 2-5pm
May 26  /  9 -5 pm
with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas all day
9-12pm and 2-5pm

May 27 – May 29  /  9 -5 pm
Garchen Institute Lamas in the mornings
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will join the Garchen Institute Lamas in the afternoons
Q & A
May 30th /   9-12pm 
Q &A on Chenrezig Practice and 8 Mahayana Precepts with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Please send your questions to questions@garchen.net by the deadline on May 28th.

May 31 – June 3  /  9 -5 pm
Garchen Institute Lamas in the mornings
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will join the Garchen Institute Lamas in the afternoons
June 4 – June 6   Concludes at 8am on June 6th.   (June 5th is Saga Dawa)
Led by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
June 4 / 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 6pm
June 5 / 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 6pm
June 6 / 6am – 8am


Saga Dawa Sadhanas/Texts

Royal Tradition Practice of Chenrezig with 1000 Arms

Bilingual: Tibetan, English


Descent of Blessings

Bilingual: Tibetan & English

Red Chenrezig Practice Sadhana

Bilingual: Tibetan & English

Mahayana Sojong Vows

Trilingual: Tibetan, English, Chinese

Vietnamese: THỌ BÁT QUAN TRAI Phương Thức Thọ Trì Trưởng Tịnh Giới (Sojong) Của Đại Thừa

Gargon NYUNG NE Sadhana

Trilingual: Tibetan, English, Chinese

Calling The Guru From Afar


14 Mantric Downfalls

Bilingual: Tibetan & English

Empowerment texts for Vietnamese Sangha

  • Lịch Sử Gia Lực của Đức Quán Thế Âm (Chenrezig) – 
  • Những Lời Thỉnh Nguyện Cần Lặp Lại Trong Lễ Gia Lực Quán Thế Âm (Chenrezig) – 

 Commentary & Instruction on Sojong Vows

Patrul Rinpoche
Instructions, and the benefits of the Sojong Vows.




Vietnamese (Đại sư Dza Patrul Rinpoche Orgyen Chimé Chökyi Wangchuk)

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Transcript of 2017 Teaching (only available in Chinese)

Geshe Ngwang Phuntsok




Prayer Books

Garchen Institute Yellow Prayer Book



Garchen Institute Blue Prayer Book


 Live Chinese Translation in U.S. –  Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 656 566 4698     Password: 123456
Chinese Translation in Taiwan
Date/Time: 10:00am on the next day (Taiwan Time)  Link: http://garchen.tw/Live_Webcast/
中文翻譯:日期/時間:台灣時間隔日上午10:00    網址:http://garchen.tw/Live_Webcast/
Vietnamese Live Translation https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88086109415


We are committed to making all of our online Dharma offerings for free.  Everyone is welcome to tune into the livestream on our YouTube channel.

If you would like to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated and used for offerings for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas, the translator Ina Bieler and to help support the Garchen Buddhist Institute.

To make a donation CLICK HERE. 

Join us for all of these auspicous events and we will deepen our practice together and always be connected!

   annual drikung kagyu monlam

June 14th, 2020


To watch this event, click on this link:


Once on the Rinchen Choling  YouTube channel  go to “Video” then click “Live” if it’s not already there.

We look forward to practicing together with the worldwide community for this auspicious event!


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

Meditation with Venerable 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 2020
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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