ONLINE 2020 Event Schedule


Summary of Events
(Click bold Title to go to event details)

* ONLINE Teaching Series: Gong Chik  / June 16 – August 27

* ONLINE Meditation with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche / August 1 & 22

* Songs of Milarepa by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche/ August 6 -9

* Question and Answer Session with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche / August 15

*Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen’s teachings on Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Tsin Ta Ma-Ni. Available to view online – only in Tibetan.

* ONLINE Amitabha Mantra Accumulation /August 28 – 31

* ONLINE Vipassana Retreat/September 25-27 

* 21 Praises to Tara Retreat /  September 11 -13 

* Yoga / QiGong / Meditation Retreat /  October / dates TBA

* Vajrakilaya Retreat Teachings, Empowerment / Nov. 14 – 22

* Winter Teaching Event / Dec 2020 – Jan. 2021 / Specific dates TBA

New ONLINE Teachings Series: 



Drigung Kyobpa Jikten Sumgön’s

Vajra Statements

Commentary by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

June 16 – August 27, 2020


Lord Jikten Sumgön, founder of the Drikung Kaygu Lineage, taught this quintessential text of 150 core formulations called vajra statements. These pithy statements illuminate the true nature of the mind – mahāmudrā, throughout all aspects of the path to awakening. 

The Gong Chik is thought to be the most profound philosophical work of the Drikung Kagyu. Today there is a marked scarcity of teachers who have received the transmission of this advanced work and consequently it’s very rare to be able to receive commentary. 

We are so fortunate that Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will give commentary on the 150 vajra statements for 11 weeks, helping us to deepen our understanding and practice.  Venerable Khenpo Tenzin, determined to learn dharma from a young age, pursued opportunities to study and practice, with great diligence, at the best monasteries for higher studies. We are very fortunate to be the recipients of the fruit of his practice and studies.

Join us for this incredible opportunity to receive the heart treasure of the lineage. We are committed to making this online teaching series for free. If you would like to make a donation to Khenpo Tenzin, Ina Bieler the translator and Garchen Institute it will enable us to continue to make this dharma offering for free. Donations are greatly appreciated.  

Click to donate and write Gong Chik in the note box.

Click to purchase an excellent english translation from the Garchen Buddhist Institute webstore. 


SCHEDULE –  Click for Livestream

Every Tuesday and Thursday  10-12pm and 2- 3:30pm 

(Arizona Time is currenty PDT – Pacific Daylight Time, GMT-7)

June – 16,18,23,25,30

July – 2,7,9,21,23,28,30

August- 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27

**Please note that these teachings will be paused during our other summer teaching events. **




“Whenever You Meditate, Our Minds Are One.” H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

August 1 & 22, 2020

10:30 -12pm PDT ( GMT-7)



Vietnamese Live Translation

Meeting ID: 819 5401 9396

*Available for August 1st session only

Songs of Milarepa 

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Teachings are part of the Ami Dewa Recitation Retreat

Hosted Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling

in Singapore

August 6 -9, 2020

5:00 -6:30pm PDT ( GMT-7)

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August 15,  2020

10:30 -12pm PDT ( GMT-7)

Please email your questions to our NEWLY created 

email address just for the Q and A sessions:

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Vietnamese Live Translation

Meeting ID: 819 5401 9396

Special Teachings 

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche recommends that his students listen to the precious teachings offered by Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche on Lord Jigten Sumgon’s “Tsin Ta Ma-Ni”. These precious videos are stored on the Drikung Kangyu Rinchen Ling Facebook page (click). Teachings are only in Tibetan with no English translation. 

To watch live, please click that same link  at 8:30 – 10:30 am Nepali Standard Time.

May all beings benefit!


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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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 the Praise of 21 Taras insert (replacing pages 24 – 39 of the sadhana)
  • 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


* Dharma Protectors (Dharmapalas):

Summoning Good Fortune (page 63 of this text):

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

* Insert to Burning Away Afflictions – pg. 14

* Insert to Burning Away Afflictions (for the Living only) pg 9&10

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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