ONLINE 2022 Event Schedule

Summary of Online Events

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Events to come in 2022
 In Person and Online Retreats Require Registration
and attendance is limited
More Information Coming Soon

* TRUE NATURE Retreat
Teachings, Medicine Buddha Meditation, Yoga, QiGong, Kirtan Concerts
 September 23 – 25


Donations

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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Arya Tara Practice

& Dharmapalas (Dharma Protectors)

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

Next session  August 14
10am -12pm PDT (UTC-7)

White Tara

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Texts

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
  • Burning Away Afflictions or A Brief Torma Offering to the Dharma Protectors (depending on practice)
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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Burning Away Afflictions
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or for Dharmapala practice: A Brief Torma Offering to the Dharma Protectors

Bilingual: Tibetan, English

Chinese

Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
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Blue Prayer Book:
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White Tara

Meditation Series on
Mindfulness

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

 Next Class: August 14
3pm -4pm PDT (UTC-7)

Classes Every Sunday
when there is no other event

(Click here to check calendar)

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Arya Tara Practice
for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Long Life

with the Garchen Institute Lamas

Next session August 16
8am -9am PDT (UTC-7)

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Texts

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
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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Blue Prayer Book:
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White Tara

Jewel Ornament of Liberation

with
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next class: August 16
10am – 12pm PDT (UTC-7)

Next Question and Answer session: TBA
1:30pm – 2:45pm PDT (UTC-7)
Click here to login to Zoom session
ID : 218 378 3697
Password: Ratna88

We are delighted to offer a new online teaching series on this invaluable teaching by Gampopa, the father of the Kagyu tradition in Tibet and principal disciple of Jestun Milarepa. 

“For more than eight centuries, this text has provided a complete foundation for Buddhist study and practice – covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through to the achievement of Buddhahood. It includes teachings on Buddha-nature, finding a spiritual master, impermanence, karma, the cultivation of bodhicitta, the development of the six perfections, the ten Bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood, and the activities of a Buddha.”

Gampopa masterfully outlines the entire path to enlightenment, speaking to practitioners at all levels, whether you are just beginning or have been studying and practicing for many years!. His timeless advice is remarkably relevant in today’s challenging world. 

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin’s clear and inspired explanations will illuminate the meaning of this profound text and guide us on to how to practice these precious instructions. The English translation used by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin is Ornament of Precious Liberation translated by Ken Holmes and can be purchased here. Purchase of the text is optional.

Each Tuesday Khenpo Tenzin will teach from 10am -12pm. We encourage you to email your questions after each class during the week to registration@garchen.net. Only when another event is scheduled will the Tuesday class be postponed. Be sure to check the specific class dates below.

Khenpo Tenzin will answer the questions in a zoom session on some Sunday afternoons from 2pm – 3pm. See dates listed below. 

SCHEDULE / CLASS DATES
April 26, May 3
Tuesday 10am -12pm /Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Sunday 1:30pm -3pm / Zoom Questions and Answers sessions dates – May 15
Log in information for the zoom sessions/ Questions and Answers
ID : 218 378 3697
Password: Ratna88
April and May schedules will be announced in a future email.

DONATIONS
We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free. However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. Donations cover the offerings to Khenpo Tenzin and costs to provide this programing. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted.

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Join us for this excellent opportunity to deepen
your Dharma knowledge, understanding and experience.

MAY ALL BEINGS BENEFIT!

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White Tara

True Nature Retreat

 September 23 -25

Welcoming beginners as well as seasoned yogis to join this unprecedented gathering at the Garchen Institute!  A powerful combination of teachings, meditation, chanting and movement will bring you into a more embodied and heart centered state at this holy destination. 

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will give pith instructions on all pervasive love illuminating your true nature.  We are delighted to welcome Krishna Das for the first time to lead us in truly heart opening devotional chanting.  Khenpo Tenzin will bring healing to us all through his guided meditations on Medicine Buddha practice.  From the lineage of the great Dzogchen master Khenpo Munsel, who is Garchen Rinpoche’s root guru, come the Tibetan Qigong practices taught by our qualified guides Kathleen Davis and Paula Macali.  Experience the joyous heart centered Yoga practices taught by the gifted Joyanna Maria Ananda.

Join us for this special weekend of enormous blessings!

All Pervasive Love & the Elements
Teachings with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Kirtan Concerts
Krishna Das & Band

Medicine Buddha Meditation
Guided by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Tibetan Qigong
Kathleen Davis and Paula Macali

Yoga
Joyanna Maria Ananda

Registration required for in person attendance.  Will open soon!

Covid Restrictions apply

More Information about this event is coming soon.

 Year-round Nyungne / Nyingne Practice

Led by Venerable Lama Bu Nima

NEXT RETREAT – August 11-13

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has given this specific message regarding the Nyungne practice series:

“Geshe Ngawang Phuntsok Rinpoche said: “The Nyungne ritual is simple but has great benefits.” As said in The Benefits of the Mahayana Sojong Vows, “Completing this practice even just once, one could take rebirth in the human or god realm; one could gain a precious human body that leads to temporary happiness and, ultimately, to enlightenment.”

This practice is now available online, and those who join may receive great merits.

Lama Bu Nima attended the first Nyungne I led in Gargon in 1982, and he has done many more since. He continues to conduct this practice in the traditional way. And now he is responsible for leading this monthly Nyungne retreat.”

This event is hosted by Garchen Dharma Society (GDS)

 Registration closes one week prior for each NyungNe/NyingNe Retreat.

DONATIONS

To make offerings to Lama Bu Nima click here , choose general donation and indicate in the note box that it is a pass through offering for Lama Bu Nima.  (Pass through offerings to individuals are not tax deductible)

To make offerings to Ani Dagme go to paypal and use this name to send her offerings: @namoguru

To make an offering to Garchen Dharma Society (GDS)  please email them directly for instructions. GDSNyungNe@gmail.com

To make an offering to Garchen Buddhist Institute click here.  All donations are tax deductible.

All Donations are greatly appreciated and allow us to continue to offer Dharma programs for free.

Medicine Buddha Puja

To Help End The Pandemic

Garchen Institute Lamas

To Be Announced
8:00am – 9:00am MST (UTC-7)

Message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

To all my dharma friends in the world,

I request you all to begin the accumulation of 100 million Medicine Buddha mantras on the occasion of H.H.  the Drikung Kyabgon Chokyi Nangwa’s 80th Birthday Celebration. 

Also now it seems that unless we perform many strong pujas and practices it will be very difficult to stop the pandemic in the world.  And if we cannot stop it, then a lot of precious human lives get wasted and it’s very difficult to end it because of the karma and obscurations of sentient beings.  If we were to recite 100 million Medicine Buddha mantras that would help bring an end to the pandemic.

 In brief anyone who wishes to stop the spread of this deadly disease should recite the Medicine Buddha mantra.  It doesn’t matter what lineage or faith you practice or who you are – the person or the lineage makes no difference.  When you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra then ideally you will not get the disease and even if you get it, you will not die from it. So that is how the mantra recitation makes a difference. So please keep this in mind. 

When you submit your mantra accumulations it is like putting money in your bank. If you only have your personal bank account the interest that is earned is small. However by everyone submitting their mantras together it is like putting all our money in the same bank account and then more interest is earned and the merit becomes much more powerful.

Some people do not know how to dedicate their virtuous activites. However if you submit your mantras all together, then your merit will be dedicated properly and never be exhausted. Just like a small river can dry up but a vast ocean will never dry up.

The Garchen Institute will host a Medicine Buddha Puja once a month.

Be sure to keep submitting your mantra accumulations!

Calling on the worldwide sangha to come together to help extinquish the pandemic!

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Texts / Resources

  • Gar  Monastery Blessed Gong  Audio
  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • Medicine Buddha Sadhana – A Deep Blue Stream of Lapis Lazuli
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer

Gar Monastery Blessed Gong Audio
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Yellow Prayer Book
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Medicine Buddha Sadhana
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Blue Prayer Book
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For links to translations in Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Polish & Spanish
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Medicine Buddha Mantra Accumulation

Q&A with Garchen Rinpoche

 ONLINE SUNDAY PRACTICES

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

Meditation Series om 37 Bodhisattva Practices with
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
3:00 -4:00pm

This Sunday program is only available when there is not another event scheduled at the Institute.
Click our Event Calendar for more clarity on the schedule. 

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: dedications@garchen.net by Wednesday the week prior to the Sunday practice.

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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:
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):
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Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune
(page 63 of this text):

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* Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):
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Blue Prayer Book:
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NEW ONLINE Retreat Program:

Preliminary Practice 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. Whether you are new to Buddhism or have recieved many teachings and empowerments, the preliminary pratices are profoundly essential on the path of awakening.

Garchen Institute is pleased to continue our Preliminary Practice Retreat Program Online to help students fulfill their aspirations.  These online retreats of varying lengths 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, also called ngondro retreats, in the spring of 2022. These retreats provide structure and support and are the method for developing the foundation of all practice. The full program of preliminary practice retreats are designed to build on each other.

 
Online Preliminary / Ngondro Practices 2022

This program gives you the flexibility to accomplish your Ngondro as your life and schedule allow. Each participant will customize their own retreat schedule according to their individual circumstances.  Accumulations of 100,000 are required for each preliminary.

An Introduction to the Preliminary / Ngondro Practices will be livstreamed on our YouTube channel. No registration required. Click here to watch the recording from February 24th.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

The retreats and dates:

I. Refuge and Prostration:  March 5 – May 28, 2022 – Registration is now closed

II. Vajrasattva:  June 25 – September 10, 2022 – Registration is now closed

III. Mandala Offerings:  September 24 – November 5, 2022 – Registration is open

IV. Guru Yoga:  November 19 – December 31, 2022  – Registration is open

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide participants in 3 live zoom classes of questions and answer sessions per ngondro retreat. Each week a prerecorded video link of  Khenpo Tenzin leading the practice and giving instruction will be sent to each participant.  Registration is required and participants must commit to doing the entire retreat and watch all video links for each retreat. This retreat will be restricted for the particpants and will not be accessible on our YouTube channel for the public.

We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free.  However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. The suggested donation of $200 for each ngondro retreat will help cover the offerings and costs to provide this programing.  Please know that this is only a suggestion and donations of any size are gratefully accepted. Click to Donate

If you are interested in attending the future ngondro retreats please email registration@garchen.net

The length of each ngondro retreat is longer than usual because Khenpo Tenzin recognizes that each person’s conditions will vary and some may work full time, part time, or be retired.  You will be required to do a minimum of one session of practice everyday for each ngondro retreat.

We encourage anyone who has been wanting to dive deeper into practice to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

 Cakrasamvara Empowerment, Teachings
Drupcho

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
and
Garchen Institute Lamas

Drupcho: July 2 – 9, 2022

Cakrasamvara Drupcho: Empowerment, Teachings and Practice

Cakrasamvara is highest yoga tantra practice in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition.  Cakrasamvara is the main yidam of all Kagyu lineages, and the central deity practiced in the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Cakrasamvara is centered around using bliss and emptiness to recognize and rest in our true nature or Buddha essence.

 It is the path that has been relied upon by the hundred of siddhas of India and Tibet. It is the swift path for those with faith, diligence, and wisdom. It is the heart nectar of the Buddha’s teachings.

Yidam practice is a very special tantric path in which one transforms one’s normal, samsaric experience of reality into an extraordinary experience of the true state of all phenomena.

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will bestow the profound Cakrasamvara empowerment, lead practice sessions and give teachings.

Cakrasamavara practice sessions will be led by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas. 

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a master teacher of the Cakrasamvara practice and three-year retreat master at the Garchen Institute. Click Here for longer bio.

REQUIRED COMMITTMENT

Anyone who wants to receive the Cakrasamvara empowerment and do the practice must commit to the samaya. The samaya is to never lose your love and to recite 100,000 Cakrasamvara mantras in your lifetime. The mantra for accumulation

ༀ་ཤྲཱི་བཛྲ་ཧེ་ཧེ་རུ་རུ་ཀཾ་ཧུཾ་ཧཱུྂ་ཕཊ་ཌཱ་ཀི་ནཱི་ཛཱ་ལ་སཾ་ཝ་རཾ་སྭཱ་ཧཱ།

OṀ ŚRĪ VAJRA HE HE RU RU KAṂ HUṂ HŪṀ PHAṬ ḌĀKINĪ JĀLA SAṂVARAṂ SVĀHĀ

EMPOWERMENT

You will need a blindfold. Typically a red cloth, wide enough to cover your eyes and hook over each ear is used.

ATTENDANCE

This online retreat was recorded and is available on an ongoing basis. Click here for required registration.

Cakrasamvara empowerment and practice sessions on YouTube, mantra recordings, and texts are available only to those who have registered for the retreat. Video links will be emailed to you for full access.

DONATIONS

We are offering all of our online dharma programs for free. However we are only able to do so because of the generosity of the sangha. The suggested donation of $175 for the Cakrasamvara Drupcho retreat will help cover the offerings to Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche and costs to provide this programing. Please know that this is only a suggestion and donations of any size are gratefully accepted.  Click to Donate

Annual Secret Accomplishment Practice of

VAJRAKILAYA 

Teachings and Drupcho

ONLINE with 

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
Lama Thubten Nyima
Garchen Institute Lamas

Recorded November 13 -17 

OPEN FOR ONGOING REGISTRATION

Throughout time and space, Buddhas annd Bodhisattvas have been called to initiate the hearts and minds of their students. Come great ones and with your vajra thunderbolt of wisdom and your hinderance demolishing phurba to once and for all dispel the samsaric seeds of unknowing. Lord of Death, with your spear and trident pierce the veil of ignorance to free us from the path of karmic repetition. 

Wrathful Vajrakilaya is the yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification. This practice focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and enlightenment within oneself, the environment and the world at large. 

The samaya (sacred promise to your teacher) for taking this empowerment is to never to lose your love for others and ideally do a daily practice of Vajrakilaya or at mininmum recite the Vajrakilaya mantra daily.

This is a wonderful opportunity to practice in this amazingly powerful mandala, for the benefit of all beings.

ATTENDANCE

This online retreat was recorded and is available on an ongoing basis. Click here for required registration.

Vajrakilaya empowerment and practice sessions on YouTube, mantra recordings, and texts are available only to those who have registered for the retreat. Video links will be emailed to you for full access.

 

Manjushri YAMANTAKA

Online Empowerment and Retreat in our YouTube Library

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

and Garchen Institute Lamas

* It is possible to receive this empowerment and do this practice at any time but you must go through our registration process.  Click here for more info.

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