ONLINE 2020 Event Schedule


Summary of Events

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* ONLINE Vajrakilaya Retreat Teachings, Empowerment / Nov. 14 – 18

* ONLINE Parnashavari Empowerment, Teachings, Practice/ Nov 28 -29  >Hosted by Drikung Seattle< 

* ONLINE Vipassana Retreat with Khenpo Tenzin / December 4 – 6 

* ONLINE Lopon Barbara Du Bois Teachings / December 19 -20  

* ONLINE Winter Teaching Event / Dec 2020 – Jan. 2021 / Dates TBA



NEW Teaching Series:

The Noble Prayer of Excellent Conduct

Extensive Commentary

by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

 September 22 – November 5

Every Tuesday and Thursday
10:00-12:00pm and 2:00-4:00pm PDT (GMT-7)

 NEW ZOOM Question and Answer Disscusion Group

November 3 at 2pm -4pm


At the request of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will teach on this most excellent, extensive and profound prayer from Garchen Rinpoche’s favorite commentary. The commentary is called The Excellent Path that Accomplishes the Dual Benefit of Others and Oneself: An extensive commentary on the words and their meaning of The Noble Prayer for Excellent Conduct.

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin determined to learn dharma from a young age, despite his humble beginnings, 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 special opportunity to deepen your understanding and practice of this profoundly important prayer.


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Texts for These Teachings

Yellow Prayer Book:

King of Aspiration Prayers – Begins on Page 52


We are committed to offering this online teaching series for free. If you would like to make a donation to Venerable 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!


 H.E. Garchen Rinpoche 

October 24 2020
9am-12pm PDT (GMT -7)

Lama Thupten Nima

October 25 2020 – 10:30 -11:30am

 Hosted by Drikung Rinchen Choling, a VAJRAKILAYA RETREAT with teachings.

For retreat information go to Drikung Rinchen Choling website. 

(To particpate you must have received the Vajrakilaya Empowerment)

Zoom ID: 656 566 4698
Password: 123456

Empowerment & Teachings


Hosted by Milarepa Retreat Center, Germany
Bestowed by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
October 31 – 18:30 – 21:00 (Germany Time) / Arizona time 10:30 -12pm
November 1 – 17:00 – 21:00 (Germany Time) / Arizona time 9am -12pm

Emaho! H.E. Garchen Rinpoche offers teachings and the profound empowerment of mother Achi Chokyi Drolma, and teachings on Lord Jikten Sumgon’s supplication prayer of the Seven Taras.

To participate in this online event, you must register via email with the Milarepa Retreat Center:

They will then send you the Zoom Link for the event.

This is a free online event. To make a donation to support the Milarepa Retreat Center, the teachers and translators, please Click Here.

For more details about the event, click the flyer image!


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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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:


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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