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.

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!”


July 9 – August 18, 2018 – Mandala Offerings

August 20 – September 30 – Vajrasattva

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


$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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For the first time….
A Vipassana Retreat, Led by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

October 13 – 19, 2018

Since ancient times, wisdom traditions have known the value of retreat as a powerful container of transformation. Like a language immersion course, retreat provides an opportunity for undertaking intensive meditation practice.

The central practice of a Vipassana retreat is mindfulness, which enables us to see the ways we create difficulties in our lives and to discover a freedom of heart in the midst of all things.

In this  silent, mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop. Self-knowledge and understanding grow as we learn to see that in each moment we have a choice: to live with inattention, fear and judgment, or with clarity, kindness and wakefulness. By cultivating the power of awareness, clarity and kindness, we discover our path to liberation, inner freedom and a peaceful heart.

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin trained in monasteries in Tibet and India, earning a Ph.D. in Buddhist philosophy. He is well known and loved for his clear, in depth teachings, loving kindness, humility, insight and humor.

COST – $500  Includes tuition and all meals (all vegetarian).
This is a residential retreat and participants are required to stay on site.
Various accommodations are available for an additional fee.

Please contact the office for more information and to register.

Contact us at: questions@garchen.net /928-925-1237


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*To follow in the footsteps of the ancient masters and receive their blessings, some meditations will be outside under sacred trees.

*To understand that suffering is truly an illusion, meditating at the reflection pond will deepen your direct experience.

*Sincerely sharing our experiences will help each of us expand our bodhicitta.


Teaching and Practice Retreat with Lopon Barbara Du Bois

October 26 – 28
from 9am Friday morning and through 5pm Sunday evening

We are delighted to announce to return of Lopon Barbara Du Bois to the Garchen Institute,and are thrilled she will offer her profound teachings and excerpts from her forthcoming book!

Love and wisdom are the heart essence of the spiritual path. The bodhisattva is one who cultivates this profound good heart, bringing it to its highest realization as the all-embracing, timeless love called bodhicitta.

The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, composed by 14th century Tibetan monk Gyalse Tokme Zangpo, is a time-honored bodhisattva training text that gives the essence of the entire Dharma in thirty-seven verses. These teachings, both accessible and profound, help us recognize our purpose and capacities as human beings. They also powerfully upend our conventional minds – piercing our illusions of separation, turning our self-absorption inside out to reveal the heart of the bodhisattva. Lopon Barbara Du Bois’s very contemporary “heart teachings” will unpack these succinct wisdom verses, so we may understand the Bodhisattva Way as a courageous path to walk in our daily lives. In this three-day retreat, she will address the complete bodhisattva path, from the immediately practical to the luminously transcendent.

Lopon Barbara supports and guides seekers, students, and practitioners at all levels, from beginner to advanced – and reminds us that we don’t have to be Buddhists to be bodhisattvas and buddhas. Her invitation to us: Take from these teachings what speaks to you and test it for yourself. Contemplate and practice on it until you reach confidence – and then continue, for the benefit of all.

Barbara Du Bois, Ph.D., practicing and teaching in the Buddhist tradition for over thirty years, sheds a frank Western light on this profound spiritual path. Her approach is fresh, energetic, and fearless, infused with clarity, humor, and love. She has served as Lopon (Master Dharma Teacher) for the Garchen Buddhist Institute and as founder and resident lama of the Garchen Assembly of Kindness and Love. Barbara holds a doctoral degree from Harvard University (1976), is the author of Light Years: A Spiritual Memoir, and has recently completed a commentary on the 37 Bodhisattva Practices by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo.

COST – $180  Includes tuition and all meals.

Various accommodations are available upon request for an additional fee.

Please contact the office for more information and to register.

Contact us at: questions@garchen.net / 928-925-1237

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November 10 – 18

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

Registration Opens October 10, 2018

Garchen Buddhist Institute will host “The Secret Accomplishment Practice of Vajrakilaya” 
November 10th through the 18th, 2018.

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification. The practice of Vajrakilaya focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and enlightenment.

The Drupchen begins with a rare 2-day empowerment, and will include commentary and instruction.

This is a wonderful opportunity to practice in this amazingly powerful mandala.

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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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November 25, 2018, 2:00pm

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

This Thanksgiving Weekend, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas will conduct a special Puja for the Dead Practice within our usual 2:00pm Sunday White Tara practice. Please join us here at the Garchen Buddhist Institute, or via LiveStream on our YouTube Channel. May all beings, everywhere and without exception, benefit.

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December 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019

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


Extensive Long Life Ceremony for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche  – December 29,30,31st.

Annual Sangha Meeting December 31st afternoon.

Registration will open November 28th at 10am MST




This is the first time H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will give this rare profound teaching in the West.

January 1 – 6th, 2019

Registration will open November 28th at 10am MST

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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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