FUTURE IN-PERSON and ONLINE RETREATS

  • All in-person retreats require registration.
  • Arrival date for each event is the day before first date of event unless otherwise noted.
  • Registration for in-person events usually open 6 weeks before event start date.
  • Registration for in-person events closes 3 days before event start date.
  • There will be a few more events. We will post them when they are confirmed.

April 2024
*Mindfulness Meditation Ongoing Series | Venerable Khenpo Tenzin | in-person & online
*Ngondro Online Retreat Ongoing Series | Venerable Khenpo Tenzin | not available in-person | online only

May 2024
*True Nature Retreat | May 2 – 6 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Krishna Das & More | in-person & online
In-person check in on May 2; Departure after breakfast on May 6
Registration and Waitlist are both closed
*Saga Dawa Full Event | May 17 – 24 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online
In-person registration is NOW open
*Chenrezig Drupchen | May 17 – 21 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online
In-person and online registrations are NOW open
*Nyung Ne | May 22 – 24 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online
In-person and online registrations are NOW open

June 2024
*Lama Chopa Practice & Teachings | June 1 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person only | not available online
*Summer Teachings | June 12 – 16 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

July 2024
*Cakrasamvara Drubchen | July 27 – 31 | Drupon Rinchen Dorjee and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

August 2024
*Cakrasamvara Intensive Retreat | August 2 – 16 | Drupon Rinchen Dorjee | in-person only | not available online
*Vajrakilaya Drubchen | August 31 – September 8 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

September 2024
*Vajrakilaya Intensive Retreat | September 10 – 18 | Lopon Thupten Nima | in-person only | not available online

October 2024
*Great Perfection Manjushri | October 5 -13 | Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche | in-person & online

November 2024
*Amitabha Drubchen | November 7 -10 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche & Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person FULL / CLOSED | online only
*Teachings & Long Life Ceremony | November 11 – 12 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche & Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person FULL / CLOSED | online only
*Ngondro Retreat | November 15 – December 20 | Khenpo Tenzin | in-person only | not available online

December 2024
*Winter Event: Mani Drubcho | December 29 – 31 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

January 2025
*Winter Event: Teachings | January 1 – 4 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

February 2025
*Yamantaka Drubchen and Losar Celebration | February 20 -28 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche & Garchen Institute Lamas | lottery only

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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INTRODUCTION TO VAJRAKILAYA

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

April 27
10:30am – 12pm PT (UTC-8)

Online only
In-person not available

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.

EMPOWERMENT

Links to the Vajrakilaya Empowerment are attached for your convenience.

Click here for the first part of the empowerment and then
Click here for the second part of the empowerment.

Please note, the links start with “Part 3” in the description, but parts 3 & 4 are the empowerment portion from the 2020 event so nothing is missing.

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 SAGA DAWA EVENT
100 Million Mantra Accumulation Chenrezig Drupchen
and
Nyung Ne Retreat

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Venerable Drupon Tsering
and
Garchen Institute Lamas

Saga Dawa Full Event: May 17 – 24
In-Person Registration is NOW open
(In Person Arrival May 16 and Departure May 24)

Chenrezig Drupchen: May 17 – 21
In-Person and online Registrations are NOW open
(In Person Arrival May 16 and Departure May 21)

Nyung Ne: May 22 – 24
In-Person and online Registrations are NOW open
(In Person Arrival May 21 and Departure May 24)

We are delighted to announce the upcoming Saga Dawa Event with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Drupon Tsering and the Garchen Institute Lamas during a very auspicious time. Saga Dawa Duchen is considered one of the most holy times in Tibetan Buddhism, marking the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha Shakyamuni. This year it begins on May 9 and finishes on June 6.

It is said that during this time period and especially on the day of Saga Dawa, the karma of all positive and negative actions is multiplied 100 million times. Thus, it is a extremely auspicious time to engage in virtuous practice, and perform acts of kindness and generosity. Because of this multiplying effect, this is a golden opportunity to accomplish vast merit and virtue in a short amount of time.

The Garchen Institute will celebrate Saga Dawa Duchen in person and online starting with the 100 million mantra accumulation Chenrezig drupchen. A drupchen is a powerful form of retreat that keeps the mantra going day and night. Everyone practices together during the day sessions and each participant joins one of the night sessions in a 24 hour time period.

We will finish the Saga Dawa event with our annual Nyung Ne retreat. May 23 is the full moon day called Saga Dawa Duchen, which will be a day of fasting with no food and water.

Nyung Ne is a powerful purification practice of the thousand-armed Chenrezig. It is a retreat of body, speech and mind, which lasts two and a half days. Nyung Ne combines a commitment to fasting, silence and prostrations (as your physical condition allows.) Doing a Nying Ne, which includes partial fasting, is also possible.

We will engage in the Royal tradition of the Mani practice in the morning. In the afternoon and night sessions we will engage in the Red Chenrezig practice that is performed annually at Gar Monastery.

Chenrezig Empowerments are required to participate in person or online and must be taken online before arrival at the Institute and the start of the drupchen.

For those attending online only, if you are unable to attend the formal sessions, it is permissible and important to participate in the Mani recitation and submit your mantra accumulations on our website.

EMPOWERMENTS:

Royal Tradition

If you have not received the Royal Tradition Chenrezig 1000 Arm Empowerment, please click on this link to take the empowerment online from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche before attending the Mani Retreat. Click here for Empowerment.

Red Chenrezig

If you have not received the Red Chenrezig Empowerment, please click on this link to take the empowerment online from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche before attending the Mani Retreat. Click here for Empowerment.

MANTRA ACCUMULATION:
Let us all gather in person and online to generate immense love and compassion for all the realms of existence. Engage in the practice of Chenrezig – the Buddha of Compassion by taking part in this drupchen to accumulate 100 million mantras of:

OM MANI PADME HUM HRI

Be sure to report your Mani mantra count to the Mani Mantra Accumulation on our home page, www.garchen.net.

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION:
Click here to register for in-person Saga Dawa Full Event
Click here to register for in-person Chenrezig Drupchen
Click here to register for in-person Nyung Ne

IN-PERSON SCHEDULE [All times are PT]:
Saga Dawa Full Event
May 16 |  Arrival time between 1 – 5 pm PT
May 17 – 21 | Chenrezig Drupchen
May 22 – 23 | Nyung Ne
May 24 | End of Nyung Ne and Departure by 11am PT

Chenrezig Drupchen
May 16 |  Arrival time between 1 – 5 pm PT
May 17 – 20 | Chenrezig Drupchen
May 21 | End of Chenrezig Drupchen and Departure after lunch

Nyung Ne
May 21 |  Arrival time between 1 – 5 pm PT
May 22 – 23 | Nyung Ne
May 24 | End of Nyung Ne and Departure by 11am PT

ONLINE REGISTRATION:
Click here to register for online Chenrezig Drupchen
Click here to register for online Nyung Ne

KARMA YOGA:
Click here to apply for Karma Yoga service to receive a reduced rate.

DONATIONS

We offer all of our online dharma programming and retreats for free by relying on your donations. All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. CLICK TO DONATE.

1000 Arm Chenrezig
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ARYA TARA & JANGCHOK FOR THE DECEASED

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
and
Garchen Institute Lamas

Next Session – April 28
10am – 12pm PT (UTC-8)

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Join Us In-person

Please RSVP if you plan to attend in person and eat lunch. We will be providing a delicious lunch by donation, and we need to know how much food to prepare. You can RSVP by clicking here. No need to RSVP is you are not eating lunch.

KN/N95 Masks are required in the temple if H.E. Garchen Rinpoche is in attendance. Thank you for you kind cooperation.

Texts

Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana with inserts OR Lama Chöpa
  • 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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*Lama Chopa
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*Lama Chopa – Chinese
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*Serkhangma Prayer
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*Burning Away Afflictions (Jangchok for the Living and/or the Dead):
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Dzambala – Summoning Good Fortune (page 63 of this text):
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Blue Prayer Book:
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MEDITATION SERIES ON MINDFULNESS

with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Next Class: April 28
3pm – 4pm PT (UTC-8)

Classes Every Sunday when there is no other event

(Click here to check calendar)

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AYRA TARA PRACTICE

for H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE’S LONG LIFE

with the Garchen Institute Lamas

April 30
8am – 9am PT (UTC-8)

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Texts
We will use the following texts:

  • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
  • White Tara Sadhana with inserts OR Lama Chöpa
  • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
  • 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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    May 2024 True Nature Retreat

    with
    H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
    Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
    Krishna Das & Band
    Nina Rao
    Joyanna Maria Ananda
    Kathleen David

    May 2 – 5
    (In Person May 2 – 6/ FULL, waitlist only)

    Due to popular demand we are happy to offer our fourth True Nature Retreat!

    Welcoming beginners as well as seasoned yogis to join this popular 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 teachings on the Essence of Phenomena and Karma Cause and Effect.

    We are delighted to welcome Krishna Das and his band to lead us in truly heart opening devotional chanting. Band members include: Krishna Das, Arjun Bruggeman, Mark Gorman, Brad Stoller, and Nina Rao.

    Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will teach on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and guide us in meditation.

    Nina Rao will lead us in beautiful chanting to prime us for the experience of the joyous heart centered yoga practices taught by the gifted Joyanna Maria Ananda.

    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 guide Kathleen Davis.

    Registration required for in person attendance. Space is limited.

    Essence of Phenomena and Karma
    Teachings with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

    Teachings on Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Guided Meditation
    by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

    Kirtan Concerts
    Krishna Das & Band

    Chanting
    Nina Rao

    Yoga
    Joyanna Maria Ananda

    Tibetan Qigong
    Kathleen Davis

    Schedule Overview
    May 2 | Arrival time between 1 – 5pm PT | Evening Kirtan: Time To Be Announced
    May 3 – 5 | Program
    May 6 | Departure after breakfast

    The last session of this retreat is the final concert that ends late in the evening on May 5. Departures will be after breakfast on May 6.

    REGISTRATION and WAITLIST are both FULL

    DONATIONS

    We offer all of our online dharma programming and retreats for free by relying on your donations. All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. CLICK TO DONATE 

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    MEDICINE BUDDHA PUJA

    to HELP END THE PANDEMIC
    with the Garchen Institute Lamas

    Next practice: May 15
    8am – 9am PT (UTC-8)

    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 extinguish the pandemic!

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    Q&A with Garchen Rinpoche
    Texts
    • Gar Monastery Blessed Gong  Audio
    • Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
    • Medicine Buddha Sadhana – A Deep Blue Stream of Lapis Lazuli
    • Serkhangma Prayer
    • Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
    • Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer

    Gar Monastery Blessed Gong Audio
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    Yellow Prayer Book (2022 new version)
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    Medicine Buddha Sadhana
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    Serkhangma Prayer
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    Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness
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    Blue Prayer Book
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    Medicine Buddha Mantra Accumulation

    2024 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 received many teachings and empowerments, the preliminary practices 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 ngöndro retreats, in the spring of 2024. 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 2024

    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 Drikung Kagyu Preliminary Ngondro Practices was livestreamed on our YouTube channel on March 2, 2024 from 10am – 12pm.  Click to view the recording.

    Click here to register for Ngondro online – Vajrasattva, Mandala Offerings and Guru Yoga. Registration for Refuge and Prostrations is closed.

    The retreats and dates:

    I. Refuge and Prostration:  Saturday, March 2 – Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Retreat in progress – Registration is closed.

    II. Vajrasattva:  Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, October 5, 2024

    III. Mandala Offerings:  Saturday, October 12 – Saturday, November 23, 2024

    IV. Guru Yoga:  Saturday, November 30 – Saturday, December 28, 2024

    Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide participants with a live Zoom opening teaching and one additional live question and answer Zoom session. All other weeks a prerecorded video link(s) 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!

    Q&A with Garchen Rinpoche

     ONLINE SUNDAY PRACTICES

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

    Guided Meditation Series with
    Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
    3pm – 4pm

    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 we will do a different practice on a rotating basis.
    That rotation will look like this:

    •  Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living (Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the living)
    •  Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Dead (Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the dead)
    •  Lama Chopa and Dharmapalas (Dharma protectors)
    •  Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living and so forth.

    Click the Texts for Sunday Practice below to view or download all the texts you will need.

    To submit names for the Jangchok for the Living or the Dead, please email your list of names to: dedications@garchen.net

    • Please group your names by Living or Dead, clearly stated.
    • Names are listed by commas or semicolons if needed, for example:  Jane Smith, Julio Lopez, Pham Duc Lam… it helps us tremendously if you list your dedication names similarly.
    • You are welcome to submit names in your native language character or type.
    • Dates, locations, relationship are not included in the list

    Thank you so much. May all beings benefit, and be relieved of suffering and its causes!

     

    MANJUSHRI YAMANTAKA

    Online Empowerment and Online Practice with Pre-Recorded Videos
    H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
    and Garchen Institute Lamas

    * Registration is temporarily CLOSED.

    When registration re-opens later in the year, it is possible to receive this empowerment and do this practice at home. Click here for more info.