March 8, 2020

Garchen Institute’s temporary closure.

After careful consideration, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has decided to temporarily close the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Arizona. This decision is for the protection of each and every one of us and our many connections, near and far, from the uncertainties and risks of the global coronavirus epidemic.

It’s a precautionary measure to protect the welfare of ALL as we have learned that travel and group gatherings are known to increase the spread of this dangerous disease. We care deeply about the health of everyone and will continue to offer the Dharma teachings, prayers and practices online through our livestream YouTube channel.

Please contact the office if you would like a refund of any upcoming event you may have registered for.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sending heartfelt prayers and love for everyone’s well being!

December 8, 2019

Dear Dharma brothers and sisters,

We would like to notify you about the decision that has been made concerning H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s retirement in Arizona. For many years, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and many disciples of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche have repeatedly expressed their concerns about Rinpoche’s health and his need for more rest. Since many devoted disciples had a strong wish to meet Rinpoche, Rinpoche continued to travel as much as he could for the past years. 

This year in April, all the Gargon lamas supplicated H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to retire from traveling, and Rinpoche finally agreed. Therefore, we finalized the decision for Rinpoche to stop traveling altogether and we ask you all for your understanding. Please do not worry, Rinpoche is doing very well and is in good health. However, Rinpoche is elderly and we all sincerely pray that he lives a very long life. This is our prayer and the aspiration behind this decision. 

The Gargon Committee wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, happiness, health, success, and a long life!


April 30,  2019

Dear Sangha,

In 1997 H.E. Garchen Rinpoche arrived in the United States and quickly established his main center in Arizona and many other centers in North America, Europe, and Asia. For the last 22 years, Garchen Rinpoche has heeded an unending stream of requests to teach and has tirelessly traveled the world fulfilling his disciples’ wishes.

His extraordinary selfless activities have been an inconceivable blessing and teaching for us all. Rinpoche has never asked for any personal time for himself.

Since 2016 we, the lamas on the Gargon Committee, have been reducing the amount of touring, traveling and teachings for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, in an effort to respect his advancing age and safeguard his health. This April the worldwide Sangha celebrated his 83rd birthday.

However very recently while in Los Angeles, for the first time ever, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche privately announced to the lamas that were present, that 2019 will be the last year that he will be traveling to give teachings. Starting in 2020, Rinpoche wishes to reside full time at his main seat in the U.S., The Garchen Buddhist Institute.

All the lamas on the Gargon Committee unanimously support H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s decision.

To acknowledge what a significant change this is for many disciples and centers, The Garchen Buddhist Institute is creating new programs in 2020 that will bring H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and his teachings to the worldwide Sangha via an interactive live-stream forum yet to be determined. Scheduled times for pilgrimages to the Institute in Arizona will be arranged, especially for international centers.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has repeatedly said that as long as his students and centers can genuinely work together harmoniously with love and patience, the longer he will live.

We ask that the center directors and worldwide Sangha cooperate to support Rinpoche’s wish and that we all practice his sublime teachings with diligence.

If you have any questions and/or suggestions about this change, please talk with your resident lama.

It is our heartfelt wish that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche Live Long and that each Sangha group does well with this adjustment!

With love and solidarity,

The Gargon Committee

New Building Projects at the Garchen Buddhist Institute


Join us in fulfilling H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s wish!

Since H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has chosen to reside full time at the Garchen Buddhist Institute
starting in 2020, he wishes to expand the infrastructure of the Institute to better meet your needs. This is a precious opportunity to contribute to these greatly needed new buildings. Because of your generosity more people will be able to experience the inconceivable benefits of the Dharma and the extraordinary blessings of this sacred place.


  • Guest Accommodations / Office / Bookstore
  • Yoga Studio / Guest Accommodations
  • Guest Luggage Storage
  • Covered Walkway
  • Bathouse Renovation
  • Solar Systems

Due to the extraordinary generosity of many sponsors and donations from the worldwide sangha we have started the building project! Currently the covered walkway is being built and is planned to be completed by the end of the year. In January the excavation will begin for the new office/bookstore/guest and staff room building.  The yoga studio will be built simultaneously.  The renovation of the bathhouse and luggage storage will be built last.

We have a great team of highly skilled architects, engineers and contractors that are working hard to make our dreams manifest. 

ALL DONATIONS are greatly appreciated and needed to complete this meritorious opportunity!

 Over $1,000,000 has been raised and we have $250,000 more to go. 

Please help us fulfill H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s wish.

Donate on PAYPAL to support H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s vision for the future.

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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