Celebrate LOSAR – Tibetan New Year
with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, the Lamas and Sangha.
February 18th 2018, 10am-3:30pm
The Garchen Buddhist Institute welcomes your participation in our annual celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New year. Join us in celebrating this auspicious time of renewal!
Lama Chöpa Practice with Tsok (feast offering) will be held at 10 am.
Offerings of fruits, nuts, and candies for the tsok are welcome, followed by a free celebratory noon meal.
2pm – 3:30 White Tara Practice led by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
CULTIVATING COMPASSION IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Teachings by VENERABLE MASTER HAI TAO
March 10th and 11th 2018
9am – 12pm & 2pm- 5pm each day
Master Hai Tao has been invited to teach at the Garchen Buddhist Institute for the first time. H.E.Garchen Rinpoche is honored to host Master Hai Tao and will attend his teachings. We encourage everyone to attend this auspicious occasion.
Learn how to cultivate the daily-life skills needed to strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.
“The cultivation of compassion is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, if our species is to survive.”
~ H.H. Dalai Lama
Teachings will be translated from Chinese into English
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Intensive Tibetan Language Course
March 5th – March 30th 2018
If you have ever wanted to learn Tibetan or improve your existing language skills, this is a golden opportunity. Venerable Khenpo Tenzin has kindly offered to teach Tibetan to anyone who is interested and the course will be divided into ‘Beginner’ and ‘Advanced’ levels.
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will assess each participant’s level upon arrival and determine which class is best suited to each student.
The beginning class will focus on learning the alphabet, vocabulary and phrases. The advanced class will be on Tibetan grammar, dharma words, some poetry and conversational Tibetan. The classes will be customized to the group’s level facilitating very conducive learning conditions.
The residential course will include daily classes 5 days a week, study, homework and practice. This immersive environment is an excellent way to rapidly learn Tibetan. Study materials, accommodations and food shopping are also included. Participants will pay for their own groceries and cook their own meals in the dorm. The cost of this residential course is $1050.
If you are interested in attending this course, email the Institute at email@example.com or call 928-925-1237
New Retreat Program
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.
CURRENT PRELIMINARY RETREAT OFFERINGS:
Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind and Shamatha
One month retreat designed to help develop renunciation and bodhicitta and start to build the foundation of a successful meditation practice.
Location: Retreat Village and teachings in Retreat Village Temple. (this area was only used for the 3 year retreat in the past)
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 – March 1 – 30, 2018
This retreat will also be offered again at Tashi Gatsal Ling Retreat House
October 5 – November 5, 2018
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 or all of the retreats.
The retreats that will be offered include (see schedule below):
I. Refuge and Prostration
II. Guru Yoga
III. Mandala Offerings
Location: Tashi Gatsal Ling Retreat House
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.
Dates – April 7rd – May 20, 2018 – Refuge and Prostrations
May 22 – July 3, 2018 – Guru Yoga
July 6 – August 17, 2018 – Mandala Offerings
August 20 – September 30 – Vajrasattva
Cost – $4000 for all 4 Ngondro Retreats
Cost – $1200 for one Ngondro Retreat
If you are interested in attending any of these retreats please email for an application to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.