ONLINE 2021 Event Schedule


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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Instructions on the Stages of Cultivating Shamata, Vipassana and Mahamudra

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

August 5 – 8, 2021  

Hosted by Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling

* NOTE the dates listed on this page are for North America time zones / August 5 -8
* NOTE the poster has the dates for Asian time zone / August 6 -9

Join online with the worldwide sangha in the 100 Million Amitabha Mantra Accumulation Retreat!

Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling is hosting this retreat and the Garchen Institute Lamas will be doing practice sessions for North America time zones as well.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will give the Amitabha Empowerment and teachings on the Instructions on the Stages of Cultivating Shamata, Vipassana and Mahamudra during the retreat.

Amitabha is the Buddha of Infinite Light, as the light radiating from his body pervades all the pure lands of all the Buddhas of the ten directions.  

Amitabha presides over the western Buddha realm, the Pure Land of Great Bliss, known as Dewachen, Sukhavati. His pure land is the easiest in which to be reborn, and once reborn there beings have the optimum circumstances for accelerating on the path to liberation. Thus, Amitabha is considered the protector of beings who call upon him as they experience death. He is also central to the practice of Phowa (the transference of consciousness at the time of death). 

Through Amitabha practice, our deluded self grasping and attachment are transmuted into the clear-sighted loving compassion. The ego’s selfish demands yield to our deepening commitment to others’ well-being and enlightenment. Amitabha practice can also ward off obstacles to long life. 

*  To REGISTER for zoom link for the Empowerment and Teaching  

*  To Submit Mantra Accumulations – CLICK HERE

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August 5 -8

August 5 – H.E. Garchen Rinpoche bestows Amitabha Empowerment  4pm -5:30pm PDT (UTC-7)

August 6 – 8 H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will teach from 4 – 5:30pm each day.


Practice Sessions

August 6 – 8

Session #1 –  9am – 12pm

Session #2 – 2:00 -3:30pm

Texts / Resources

  • Gar  Monastery Blessed Gong  Audio
  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • Amitabha Sadhana
  • Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer

Gar Monastery Blessed Gong Audio

Yellow Prayer Book

Amitabha Sadhana

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

Blue Prayer Book

Join us online

To participate on Zoom for Empowerment and Teachings


To participate via livestream for Practice Sessions at Garchen Institute

Translation Links

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 
Amidewa retreat poster
Amidewa retreat poster

 Art of Inner Transformation
Key to Temperate Happiness and Ultimate Happiness

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

August 21st

9am – 12pm PDT (UTC-7)

Hosted by Drikung Dharma Surya Center

Offered to General Public from All Walks of Life and from All Walks of Faith

Click Here for More Information

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Join us online

To participate via livestream

 Serkhangma Prayer Teachings

with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

August 22, 27, 28

9am -12pm PDT (UTC-7)

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will continue to teach on the profound and beautiful Serkhangma Prayer.
This is a extremely precious opportunity to receive his illuminating commentary on such an important prayer in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.

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Join us online

To participate via livestream 

Serkhangma Prayer
 Question and Answers Series

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

July 22 – October 7

Every  Thursday

H.E.Garchen Rinpoche will continue to teach on the Serkhangma prayer and stresses how important it is for all his disciples to fully understand the deeper meaning of this profound prayer .  Garchen Rinpoche has requested Khenpo Tenzin to answer any questions you may have on the Serkhangma teachings. Please email your concise and clearly worded questions to as soon as possible before July 22 and continuosly throughout the series before each Thursday class.

Khenpo Tenzin will answer the questions you have submitted in a zoom session every Thursday.

Join us online for this rare opportunity to learn the deeper meaning of this prayer which is unique to the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.


Thursdays: 3pm -5pm PDT  (UTC-7)
July  22, 29
August  12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
October 7

Zoom Information for Thursday Classes Only:

ID: 218 378 3697
Password:  Temple79

Tara Practice

for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Long Life

August 5, 12, 19, 26


8am -9am PDT (UTC-7)

White Tara


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

Dharma Talk with Khenpo Tenzin
2pm – 3:00pm  

Meditation with Khenpo Tenzin
3:15 -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: 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:

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.  Due to our temporary closure, we will be offering this program online in 2021. 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 2021. 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 2021

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. Each participant will customize their own retreat schedule according to their individual circumstances.  Accumulations of 100,000 are required for each preliminary.


The retreats and dates:

I. Refuge and Prostration:  March 20 – July 3, 2021 – COMPLETED 

II. Vajrasattva:  July 24 – September 18, 2021

III. Mandala Offerings:  October 2 – November 6, 2021

IV. Guru Yoga:  November 27 – December 18, 2021

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide participants in zoom classes with instruction and commentary on the ngondro practices which are essential for purifying and accumulating merit.  Registration is required and participants must commit to doing the entire retreat and attend a zoom class once or twice a week, depending on the ngondro section,  for instruction and discussion. 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 $300 for one 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

The refuge/ prostration retreat registration has closed.

If you are interested in attending the second, third or fourth online ngondro retreats please email

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!



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.  Please read carefully:

 “Practicing Manjushri Yamantaka will bring immense benefit to your country! ”  ~ H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

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. See Schedule listed below.

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 to participate in this empowerment and practice at any time. 

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 you two emails:

1st email:  Confirmation receipt email and a link to Manjushri Yamantaka Empowerment and Oral Transmission of necessary texts, which you are required to take before you can join the practice.

2nd email:  Partial Yamantaka Sadhana and page turning instructions.

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.”


Donations may be made on our website using this link:  Donations

If you have any questions, send an email to  or call at 928-925-1237. 

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Texts for last day of Manjushri Yamantaka Retreat


  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers, dedication prayers and long life prayers
  • Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayers

Yellow Prayer Book:

Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness: includes Smoke Offering, Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune


Blue Prayer Book:

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Yamantaka Thankga Description

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Yamantaka Image High Resolution

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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