Upcoming Events

Vajrakilaya Drubchen

With: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
Dates: November 11th to 19th 2017
Registration: Open now

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification. The practice of Vajrakilaya focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and enlightenment.

Vajrakilaya Empowerment, Teachings, and Drubchen

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Venerable Khenpo Tenzin, Venerable Lama Thubten Nima, Venerable Lama Abao and Venerable Lama Bunima.

November 11th

Teachings: 9:00 – 12:00pm Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
Tea Break: 10:00 – 10:30am
Empowerment: 2:00 – 5:00pm H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

November 12th

Teachings: 9:00 – 10:30am Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
Blessing Ceremony 37 Bodhisattva Practice Garden, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche: 10:30– 11:00 am
Refuge Vows and Teachings: 11:00 – 12:00pm H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Teachings: 2:00– 5:00pm H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


Drubchen starts November 13th at 9:00am to November 19th til 5:00pm

Winter Teachings

December 30th 2017 to January 7th 2018


H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has chosen to bestow the following rare and profound empowerments and teachings:

Minling Dorsem or ‘Mindroling Vajrasattva’ is a famous practice of Vajrasatta revealed as a terma by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje aka Terdak Lingpa, a great terton and the founder of Mindroling Monastery, in 1676 from a place called Ökar Rock. This profound Vajrasattva cycle of teachings is also known as the Profound Meaning of Ati.  A great purifying way to end the year and start anew.

The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path, one of the masterworks of Gampopa, outlines in twenty-eight categories what practitioners of varying levels need to know in order to perfect their spiritual practice. Gampopa (1070-1153), the father of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was the foremost student of the great yogi Milarepa said, “To all future individuals devoted to me who think they cannot meet me: Please read the treatises composed by me, such as Precious Garland and The Ornament of Precious Liberation. It will be no different from meeting me personally.”

Machig Labdron’s Chod       Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan Tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chöd , which literally means “cutting through.” It cuts through hindrances and obscurations, sometimes called ‘demons’. Examples of demons are ignorance, anger and, in particular, the dualism of perceiving the self as inherently meaningful, contrary to the Buddhist doctrine of no-self. The practitioner is fully immersed in the ritual that engages every aspect of one’s being and effects a powerful transformation.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s teaching program:

12/30/2017 2pm-5pm Vajrasattva Empowerment (Minling Dorsem)
12/31/2017 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Vajrasattva Teachings
1/01/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Vajrasattva Teachings

1/02/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm  Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
1/03/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
1/04/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Gampopa’s Precious Garland of the Supreme Path

1/05/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Machig Labdron Chod Teachings
1/06/2018 11am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Machig Labdron Chod Teachings
1/07/2018 2pm-5pm Machig Labdron Chod Empowerment

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin’s teaching program:

Nagarjuna’s poetic presentation of the fundamental teachings of the Great Vehicle is remarkable. Nagarjuna says that all his instructions come from the sacred words of the Buddha himself, and their purpose is to generate the yearning to do the positive.

12/30/2017 9am-12pm Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend

12/31/2017 to  1/06/18  9am-10:30am Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend

1/07/2018 9am-12pm Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend

Registration:  will open October 2nd at 10am, Arizona time

Dharma in Sedona with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

January 12th -14th 2018

We are happy to announce that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will teach an entire weekend for the first time in beautiful, sacred Sedona, Arizona!

Love is the Sunlight of the Mind – Public Talk on January 12th,  6:30pm

Songs of Milarepa – The revered great yogi, Jetsun Milarepa, from the 11th century is well known for his unique teachings through profound dharma songs.  H.E Garchen Rinpoche’s vast experiential realizations of Milarepa’s songs will illuminate the essence of our true nature.

January 13th and 14th,   9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm

At the Creative Life Center, Sedona Arizona

Registration will open October 19th at 10am

2018 Yamantaka Drubchen

With:  H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas.

Dates: February 7th – 15th , 2018

Registration:  Registration is closed.

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