ONLINE 2021 Event Schedule

Summary of Online Events

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* ONLINE SAGA DAWA EVENT:

* 1000 Arm Chenresig Empowerment / May 12

*  Chenresig Practice / May 13 -16

* Four Yogas of Mahamudra / May 13 -15

* 2 Nyung Ne Retreats / May 23 -27


Donations

We offer all our  live-stream Dharma programs for free. If you would like to make a donation to Garchen Buddhist Institute it would be greatly appreciated. Your donations will be used to help support the Institute in its various offerings and activities for the benefit of all beings.

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PATH TO AWAKENING

The Essentials

NEW SERIES 

by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

 February 16 – June 1

Every Tuesday and Thursday 

This concise and comprehensive overview of the Buddha’s teachings is perfect for beginners or more experienced practitioners.  Starting with an introduction to the Buddhist view and all the essential teachings of the path for transformation.  An interactive format with discussion groups on zoom will give each of you access to meaningful conversation fostering connection.  It is an excellent opportunity to learn for the first time and to refine your understanding of Dharma.

 The subjects covered in this series include:

 Refuge, Ten Virtues, Ten Non Virtues,  Preliminary Practices, Vows,  View of Karma,  Four Noble Truths,  Four Thoughts,  Sutra Paths and Bhumis, New Tantric Paths and Bhumis, Old Tantric Paths and Bhumis, Generation Stage, Completion Stage and the Fruition of Dharma Practice. 

 Every Tuesday Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will give a 2 hour teaching on each subject. On the following Thursday students can join a zoom room to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s teachings. Khenpo will also lead an analytical meditation on each subject. 

 Zoom Information for Thursday classses.

 ZOOM ID: 218 378 3697
Password: 37PATH108

 SCHEDULE

 February 16th – June 1

* Tuesdays 10am -12pm PDT (UTC-7) – Teachings
* Thursdays – Alternating between 10am -12pm AND 5:30pm -7:30pm PDT (UTC-7) –

Questions/ Discussion / Meditation

Thursday dates and times for May and June PDT (UTC-7)

May 18 / 10-12pm
May 20 / 5:30pm -7:30pm
June 1 / 10-12pm

DATES of SERIES

February 16,18,23,25
March 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30
April 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29
May 4,6,11,18,20
June 1

(You will be notified of any date changes)

 

JOIN US FOR THIS INSPIRING SERIES !

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Texts

    • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
    • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayers
    • 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Yellow Prayer Book – Opening Prayers
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Blue Prayer Book – Dedication Prayers
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37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

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Venerable Khenpo Tenzin, determined to learn dharma from a young age, pursued opportunities to study and practice, with great diligence, at the best monasteries for higher studies. We are very fortunate to be the recipients of the fruit of his practice and studies.

SAGA DAWA EVENTS

Join us for the most meritorious auspicious time of the year to practice! 

We are delighted to announce the upcoming Dharma acitivities during a very auspicious time with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas.  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.

The Garchen Institute will celebrate Saga Dawa ONLINE starting with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche bestowing the 1000 armed Chenrezig empowerment  followed by Chenrezig sadhana practice, teachings on the Four Yogas of Mahamudra, Q & A with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, and finishing with our annual Nyungne retreats. May 26th is the actual day of Saga Dawa Duchen, which will be a day of fasting with no food and water.

 You may attend any portion of the Chenrezig practice, but you must attend the entire Nyungne Retreat, as it is one complete practice.

 Nyungne 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. Nyungne combines a commitment to fasting and silence, with prostrations or circumambulations (as your physical condition allows).

You may also do a Nyingne practice which entails taking the 8 Mahayana Precept Vow, not eating after lunch and observing silence.  You may drink water as needed.


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1000 Armed Chenrezig Empowerment

by H.E.Garchen Rinpoche

May 12
4pm -5:30pm PDT (UTC-7)

Hosted by Drikung Garchen Phuntsok Choling in Vietnam

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Chenrezig Sadhana Practice

with Garchen Institute Lamas

May 13 -15
9am -12pm and 2 -3:30pm

May 16 
9am -12pm and 2 -5pm

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Four Yogas of Mahamudra

Teachings by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

May 13 -15

4pm -5:30pm PDT (UTC-7)

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2 Nyungne Fasting Retreats

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
&
with Garchen Institute Lamas

May 23 -24 and May 25 -27 

Schedule:

#1 – May 23 & 24 –  9am – 12pm / 2pm – 5:30pm PDT (UTC-7)

#2 – May 25
6:30am – 7am / 9am – 12pm / 2pm – 5:30pm PDT (UTC-7)

 May 26
9am -12pm / 2pm – 5:30pm PDT (UTC-7)

May 27
5:30am – 7:30am PDT (UTC-7)

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Texts

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers & long life prayers
  • Chenrezig with 1000 Arms – The Royal Tradition Sadhana
  • Nyungne Text
  • Mani Pill Vizualization
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer

Yellow Prayer Book:
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Chenrezig with 1000 Arms – The Royal Tradition Sadhana:

Bilingual: Tibetan, English

Vietnamese

Nyungne Text:
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Mani Pill Visualization:
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Blue Prayer Book:
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Chenrezig Empowerment with Garchen Rinpoche

 WHITE TARA PRACTICE

For  H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Long Life

Performed by Garchen Institute Lamas

EVERY THURSDAY
8am -9am PDT (UTC-7)

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Texts

Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana,
  • with Praise of 21 Taras insert (replacing pages 24 – 39 of the sadhana)
  • with Benefits of 21 Praises of Tara
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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Blue Prayer Book:
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 LAMA CHOPA PUJA

In Honor of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche’s 49th Day. 

Performed by H.E.Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas

MAY 20
9:30am -12pm PDT (UTC-7)

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche requests his disciples to join in the Lama Chopa puja in honor of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche’s 49th day since passing. 

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Texts

Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers & long life prayers
  • Lama Chopa Sadhana
  • Serkhangma Prayer 
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer

Yellow Prayer Book:
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Lama Chopa Sadhana:
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Serkhangma Prayer
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Blue Prayer Book:
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 QUESTION and ANSWER

With H.E.Garchen Rinpoche 

May 22
3:30pm -5pm PDT (UTC-7)

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 ONLINE SUNDAY PRACTICES

White Tara Practice with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
10am – 12pm

Dharma Talk or Meditation with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
2pm – 3:00pm  

Each Sunday, along with the White Tara sadhana, we will do a different additional practice on a rotating basis. That rotation will look like this:

  •  Jangchok for the Living
  •  Jangchok for the Dead
  •  Dharmapalas (Dharma protectors)
  •  Jangchock for the Living and so forth.

To submit names for the Jangchok for the Living or the Dead, please email your list of names to: dedications@garchen.com by Wednesday the week prior to the Sunday practice.

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For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese & Russian
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All Texts For Sunday Practice

Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana,
  • with Praise of 21 Taras insert (replacing pages 24 – 39 of the sadhana)
  • with Benefits of 21 Praises of Tara
  • Weekly Additional Practice –
    here we will practice one of the texts marked with an *
  • Summoning Good Fortune
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):
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Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune
(page 63 of this text):

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* Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):
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Blue Prayer Book:
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NEW ONLINE Retreat Program:

Preliminary Practice 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. Whether you are new to Buddhism or have recieved many teachings and empowerments, the preliminary pratices are profoundly essential on the path of awakening.

Garchen Institute is pleased to continue our Preliminary Practice Retreat Program Online to help students fulfill their aspirations.  Due to our temporary closure, we will be offering this program online in 2021. These online retreats of varying lengths 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, also called ngondro retreats, in the spring of 2021. These retreats provide structure and support and are the method for developing the foundation of all practice. The full program of preliminary practice retreats are designed to build on each other.

 
Online Preliminary / Ngondro Practices 2021

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. Each participant will customize their own retreat schedule according to their individual circumstances.  Accumulations of 100,000 are required for each preliminary.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE REFUGE/ PROSTRATION RETREAT

The retreats and dates:

I. Refuge and Prostration:  March 20 – July 3, 2021 

II. Vajrasattva:  July 17 – September 11, 2021

III. Mandala Offerings:  August 25 – October 30, 2021

IV. Guru Yoga:  November 13 – December 11, 2021

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide participants in a zoom class with instruction and commentary on the ngondro practices which are essential for purifying and accumulating merit.  Registration is required and participants must commit to doing the entire retreat and attend a zoom class once a week for instruction and discussion. This retreat will be restricted for the particpants and will not be accessible on our YouTube channel for the public.

We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free.  However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. The suggested donation of $300 for one ngondro retreat will help cover the offerings and costs to provide this programing.  Please know that this is only a suggestion and donations of any size are gratefully accepted. Click to Donate

The refuge/ prostration retreat registration has closed. 

If you are interested in attending the second, third or fourth online ngondro retreats please email registration@garchen.net

The length of each ngondro retreat is longer than usual because Khenpo Tenzin recognizes that each person’s conditions will vary and some may work full time, part time, or be retired.  You will be required to do a minimum of one session of practice everyday for each ngondro retreat.

We encourage anyone who has been wanting to dive deeper into practice to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

 

Manjushri YAMANTAKA

Online Empowerment and Retreat in our YouTube Library

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

and Garchen Institute Lamas

* It is possible to receive this empowerment and do this practice at any time but you must go through our registration process.  Please read carefully:

 “Practicing Manjushri Yamantaka will bring immense benefit to your country! ”  ~ H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

As we still find ourselves in unprecedented conditions, this year’s Yamantaka empowerment and retreat will be online. We have adjusted the way in which we will offer this retreat online since it is not possible to do a traditional drubchen. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has specifically instructed exactly how this retreat will be shared online.

The Yamantaka drubchen, traditionally held near the end of the Tibetan year, is conducted in order to cleanse all obstacles not only for oneself, but for every being in the world. This cleansing is most easily accomplished at this time of the year and helps to decrease suffering and increase peace. The deity practiced in this drubchen is very wrathful and powerful, and thus the practice must be done with great care. 

In the past in Tibet this drubchen was only open to those who had taken vows of ordination and who had completed the common preliminary practices as well as the particular preliminary practices of Yamantaka. It is thus asked that those who participate prepare by accumulating refuge and Vajrasattva mantras, taking refuge and purifying one’s mindstream as much as possible prior to the retreat. One of the main traditional prerequisites for participating in the Yamantaka Drubchen is to have accumulated 600,000 Peaceful Manjushri mantras (OM WAM GI SHWARI MUM) before attending your first Drubchen. 

If you have already done this accumulation for a prior Yamantaka Drubchen, it is not necessary to do it again. If you have not done this accumulation, Garchen Rinpoche asks that you try to complete at least 100,000 mantras before the drubchen starts. If you are unable to accomplish this, Rinpoche asks that you accumulate as many of the mantras prior to the start as possible and then finish the accumulation no later than one year from the date the drubchen ends. The fruition of the Yamantaka drubchen is not attained unless the Manjushri accumulation is completed as Garchen Rinpoche indicates.

* It is not necessary to receive a lung transmission of the Peaceful Manjushri practice before engaging in the mantra accumulation. 

The Yamantaka empowerment will be bestowed on February 6th. The practice sessions will be conducted from 9am – 5pm each of the following days with breaks. See Schedule listed below.

Garchen Rinpoche has always said, the more effort you put into the practice, the more results will come. 

The following is recommended:  No speaking during the retreat other than the mantra recitation and the recitation of the text. The more you can maintain retreat conditions, eliminating distractions, the more benefit there will be.

 REGISTRATION

Registration is required to participate in this empowerment and practice at any time. 

To register, CLICK HERE to fill out the form.

Send any questions regarding this retreat and practice to registration@garchen.net

Once your completed registration checklist is received, we will send you two emails:

1st email:  Confirmation receipt email and a link to Manjushri Yamantaka Empowerment and Oral Transmission of necessary texts, which you are required to take before you can join the practice.

2nd email:  Partial Yamantaka Sadhana and page turning instructions.

ONLINE Yamantaka Retreat Description

Garchen Rinpoche has instructed that only the Protection portion of the Yamantaka sadhana will be practiced for this retreat.  A video of footage from past drubchens has been created according to Garchen Rinpoche’s precise specifications for the online stream. The sessions will be chanted in Tibetan language only.The partial sadhana will be available in three languages – Tibetan, Chinese and English on February 5th for those who have registered.

Garchen Rinpoche is encouraging people to attend the entire retreat but if that is not possible, partial attendance is permitted. If you cannot practice at the same time of the live stream, Rinpoche says that it is possible to tune in when your schedule allows. This is a noticeably different structure compared to past Yamantaka drubchens.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has given this specific message on January 19, 2021 regarding his view on this subject:

“Tashi Delek to my Dharma friends,

This year whatever we put online on our YouTube channel is available for anyone’s participation, even for the Yamantaka retreat. There are no restrictions. Why? For the Buddha, there was no difference between nationality or religions because all sentient beings are really Buddhas, they are only obscured by temporary stains. When these temporary stains are removed then beings are actual Buddhas. It just depends on whether or not we have fixating thoughts in our mind. 

Lord Jigten Sumgon had said that whoever grasps at any philosophical school is an ordinary person. Actually any philosophical school is just illusory because whoever has a mind has the Buddha within them. Therefore all sentient beings possess the cause of awakening and if they want to become a Buddha, they can. For this reason whatever is online or on livestream, is not restricted. Anybody can take whatever they want and look at whatever they want and for however long they want. I encourage you to do this. This is the Buddha’s instruction.”

DONATIONS

Donations may be made on our website using this link:  Donations

If you have any questions, send an email to registration@garchen.net  or call at 928-925-1237. 

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Texts for last day of Manjushri Yamantaka Retreat

 

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers, dedication prayers and long life prayers
  • Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:
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Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness: includes Smoke Offering, Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune

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Blue Prayer Book:
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Yamantaka Thankga Description

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Yamantaka Image High Resolution

Policy for Attending Events and Retreats

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