2019 Event Schedule


February 10, 2019

You are invited to join H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, the Lamas and Sangha to celebrate this auspicious time of renewal.

Lama Chöpa Practice with Tsok (feast offering) will be held at 10 am. Offerings of fruits, nuts, etc. for the tsok are welcome, followed by a free celebratory noon meal which has been sponsored for everyone by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.

Email or call the office to RSVP. questions@garchen.net / 928-925-1237

We look forward to sharing with you all another great year of dharma activities at the Garchen Buddhist Institute!

May all Beings Benefit!

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February 24th  to March 16th 2019

Retreat Led by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche

This is the first time this retreat is being offered! It’s a rare and amazing opportunity to really learn the profound practice of the enlightened wisdom queen of bliss and emptiness – Varjavarahi. This yoga is an extremely powerful method that can transform our delusions of self grasping. Vajravarahi has a sow’s head sprouting from her wild hair — symbolic of overcoming ignorance.

Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche is particularly accomplished in this practice and is a masterful guide.

Email questions@garchen.net for an application. Space is limited. Cost $900


Lord Jigten Sumgon Coemergent Unification 

April 17th  to May 16th  2019

Retreat Led by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche

Mahamudra, or the Great Seal, means that all phenomena are “sealed” in emptiness. Mahamudra meditation leads us step-by-step to direct recognition of the true nature of mind.  

Have you ever really wanted to devote time to practicing Mahamudra in an immersive way? This is the first time this month long retreat is being offered.  It is an extremely rare opportunity to be guided in the most profound and essential Dharma of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. 

The best preparation for this retreat is to have completed your ngondro practices or at the very minimum have completed a short silent meditation retreat.  This retreat is especially excellent preparation for those interested in the 3 year retreat. Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche is accomplished in this practice and is a masterful guide. 

Email questions@garchen.net for an application. Space is limited. Cost $1000

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 100 day retreat are 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 electricity) 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.

August 1st – November 8th / Cost $1800 

This 100-day retreat is a pre-requistie for our 3-year retreat program.

September 1st – 29th / Cost- $800 

Group Ngondro Practices 2019

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. Vajrasattva
III. Mandala Offerings 
llll. Guru Yoga

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!”


1.  Refuge/ Prostrations     April 19th – May 29th

2.  Mandala Offerings        June 4th – July 4th

3.  Vajrasattva           July 15th – August 30th

4.  Guru Yoga                    Sept 2 – October 14th   


$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

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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