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.

Cost $1800 — This three month retreat is the equivalent of the 100-day retreat, a pre-requistie for our 3-year retreat program.

Cost- $800 – 1 month retreat

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!”

Dates: Will be announced soon for 2019 preliminary retreats


$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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December 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Extensive Long Life Ceremony
for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
12/29/18 – 1/1/19

We invite you to join us in this extremely fortunate occasion to offer our profound gratitude, love and devotion for our beloved H.E. Garchen Rinpoche with prayers and practices for his long life. We will engage in 2 days of accumulations of Vajrasattva purification, 1 day of Namgyalma practice for His long life and finish with an elaborate extensive long life ceremony celebration. Be a part of this auspicious honoring and heartfelt request by the international sangha for the long life of our inconceivable masterful guide, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.

If you would like to sponsor and offer any of the following objects in the Long Life Ceremony, please contact the office.

Items to Sponsor:
– 8 Auspicious Symbols, gold plated – $325 – 6 available to sponsor

-8 Auspicious Offering Substances, gold plated = $325 each

Profound Empowerment and Instructions on Jetsun Milarepa’s Ten Perfections
by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
1/1/19 – 1/6/19

H. E. Garchen Rinpoche will transmit the pith instructions on Jetsun Milarepa’s Ten Perfections and bestow the Jetsun Milarepa Empowerment. These essence teachings are rarely given and it’s a precious opportunity to receive them from such an accomplished master with vast insight and compassion that will illuminate our true nature.


* Vajrasattva Accumulation Practice
December 29th and 30th
9am -8pm
* Namgyalma Long Life Practice
Annual Sangha Meeting
December 31th
9am -5pm
* Long Life Ceremony for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Teaching on Jetsun Milarepa by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
January 1st
9am -5pm
* Jetsun Milarepa Empowerment by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Teaching on Jetsun Milarepa by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche
January 2nd
9am -5pm
* Ten Perfections of Jetsun Milarepa by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
January 3rd – 6th
9am -5pm

Back by popular demand, we are delighted and blessed to have our extremely skilled and gifted guide, Joyanna Maria Ananda, lead her Qigong/Yoga Practice class each morning at 6am -7:15am. Suitable for all levels.

Click Here for Registration

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Led by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche

January 8 -15, 2019

This is the first time this retreat has ever been offered at the Garchen Buddhist Institute.

Following the profound teachings from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, immerse in the blessings of Jestun Milarepa. Deepen your experience of the Ten Perfections, practice the Jetsun Milarepa sadhana and receive additional teachings on the life story of Jestun Milarepa.

Due to popular demand we have opened additional spaces for people to attend this very special opportunity.

Each participant has either a hut or their own dorm room, will buy their food on January 7th and cook their own food in the shared kitchens.

Email questions@garchen.net for an application. / Cost $450

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January 27th to February 4th 2019

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas.

Registration is closed for this retreat.

The Institute will be closed during this retreat.

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February 10th 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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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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