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 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
THE REST OF OUR SCHEDULE IS TEMPORARILY ON HOLD
* 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
ONLINE SAGA DAWA DUCHEN EVENTS
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.
9-12pm and 2-5pm
CHENREZIG SADHANA PRACTICE
Saga Dawa Sadhanas/Texts
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
Vietnamese (Đại sư Dza Patrul Rinpoche Orgyen Chimé Chökyi Wangchuk)
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Geshe Ngwang Phuntsok
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!
ONLINE SUNDAY PRACTICES
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
Common Preliminaries and Ngondro Retreats
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
September 1 – September 29, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org