ONLINE 2021 Event Schedule

Summary of Events

* ONLINE Hevajra Empowerment / January 23

*ONLINE Four Dharmas of Gampopa / January 24

*ONLINE Meditation Retreat  / January 30-31

* ONLINE Yamantaka Retreat / February 6 -11

*ONLINE Losar / Refuge Vow Ceremony / February 12

*ONLINE Tsewang Dzinpa Commentary continued / February 20

*ONLINE Mountain Dharma / February 27 -28

*ONLINE Shitro Empowerment / Phowa / Bardo Teachings / March 6-7


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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Co Emergent Hevajra Empowerment


Four Dharmas by Gampopa  

by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

January 23 – Hevajra Empowerment at 10:30am MST (GMT -7)

January 24 – Four Dharmas by Gampopa 9am -12pm MST (GMT-7)

Hosted by Drikung Garchen Institute in Munich Germany

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Picture and Mantra


Winter Meditation Retreat

with Lopon Barbara Du Bois

Teachings, training, practice 

Online Livestream from Garchen Buddhist Institute 

Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31, 2021

10-12, 2-4:30 each day MST(GMT-7), with an evening practice on Saturday

We will observe silence for part of each day and, if your circumstances permit, full silence Saturday 4:30 p.m. to Sunday 10 a.m. You are welcome to join us for part or all of the retreat.

Barbara will give teachings and practice guidance throughout the two days, each section building on what came before, so full participation will be most beneficial.

Intrinsic, indestructible, all-pervading, self-luminous clear awareness is our spiritual birthright and natural endowment—always already present and accessible.

Cultivating clear awareness familiarizes us with the “mind taming” process of learning why and how to liberate the very causes of suffering, which reside, temporary and powerful, in our own minds. Appearances and experiences arising in mind—thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, projections, and so on—are the field in which, usually without conscious choice, we create karmic cause, positive and negative. In clear awareness, as we recognize these seed thoughts in the moment they arise, we liberate them instantly. This is how we take responsibility for our minds, our lives, and our world—and how, for the benefit of all, we awaken to what has always been right here, right now: clear awareness, primordial wisdom, our true nature.

Our practice will include hearing, contemplating, and meditating while sitting and moving, waking and sleeping.

There will be time for discussion of questions and comments you send us before and during the retreat—email to Garchen Institute office,, by Saturday 1 p.m. (Arizona time).

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    • Yellow Prayer Book
    • Prayer of Kuntuzangpo
    • World Peace Prayer
    • Four Lines of Shantideva
    • What Is This That Neither Begins Nor Ends
    • Absolute And Relative Both Are


Yello Prayer Book

Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

World Peace Prayer

Four Lines of Shantideva

What Is This That Neither Begins Nor Ends

Absolute And Relative Both Are

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Online Empowerment and Retreat

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

and Garchen Institute Lamas

February 6 -11

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. Check our website later for the specific schedule that will be posted soon.

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 is required and is now open. 

 To register, CLICK HERE to fill out the form.

Send any questions regarding this retreat and practice to

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

1. Confirmation receipt email 

2. Partial Yamantaka Sadhana on February 5th 

The deadline for registration February 5th at 5pm Arizona time. 

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.”


Other ways of sharing the merit with retreat participants include:

1. Sending monetary donations in honor of living or deceased loved ones and friends 

All sponsors’ names and the names of anyone they are honoring will be kept on the shrine throughout the practice. 

Monetary and other donations will be gratefully received at: Garchen Institute, P.O. Box 4318, Chino Valley, AZ 86323.

Monetary donations may also be made on our website using this link:  Donations

*** Please indicate that the donation is for Yamantaka Retreat.***

If you have any questions, send an email to 

or call at 928-925-1237. 


Be sure to join us Online for LOSAR (Tibetan New Year) on February 12th

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche bestowing Refuge Vows and commentary from 9am -12pm. 

We look forward to sharing this

auspicious retreat together online!


Tsewang Dzinpa Commentary


by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

February 20

9 -12pm MST (GMT-7)

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Join Us Online

To participate via livestream,

For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Polish & Spanish


  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • Tsewang Dzinpa Description
  • Tsewang Dzinpa Sadhana – Restricted for those who have received empowerment Only.

Tsewang Dzinpa Description:

Tsewang Dzinpa Sadhana: RESTRICTED for Empowered Only

Tsewang Dzinpa Image:

Translation Links

Chinese Translation in Taiwan

Date/Time: 1/11 8pm (Taiwan Time) 



日期/時間:台灣時間1月11日 晚上8:00


Vietnamese Live Translation

Meeting ID: 819 5401 9396

Russian Live Translation –

Polish Live Translation

Meeting ID: 816 1830 3914

Passcode: Dzogczen

Spanish Live Translation

Zoom information:

ID  9727012158

Password 562668 


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

Dharma Talks with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
2pm – 3:30pm  

Meditation with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
3:30pm – 4:30pm  

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: by Wednesday the week prior to the Sunday practice.

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Join Us Online

To participate via livestream,

For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese & Russian

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:

White Tara Sadhana:

Praise of the 21 Taras

Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras

* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):

Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune
(page 63 of this text):


* Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):

Blue Prayer Book:


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 continue our new Preliminary Practice Retreat Program that will help students fulfill their aspirations.  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 in the spring of 2019. These provide structure and support and are the method for developing the foundation of practice. The full program of preliminary practice retreats are designed to build on each other.  If you are interested in attending the next Three Year Retreat at the Garchen Institute, some of the program’s pre-requisites can be met by the offerings below.
Please look for more information in the new year.
Group Ngondro Practices 2020
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 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
Cost:   $1800

One-Month Format
September 1 – September 29, 2020
Cost- $800

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

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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