IMPORTANT MESSAGE — PLEASE READ
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
The Vajrakilaya text is now available in electronic-book format for Mac or Windows/Android from the GarChoiding Trust. Please click HERE if you’d like to obtain a copy.
New Office Building and Bath House
The first phase of planned improvements to the Institute property – the fulfillment of Garchen Rinpoche’s wish – is becoming a reality! A new structure, built across from the existing office/bookstore, will house the office, a large and well designed bookstore, and staff rooms. The new bookstore will be a comfortable, well designed place to shop, while the added staff rooms will open up additional rooms for guests.
The existing office/bookstore will be converted into a bath house with additional showers, spacious lavatory facilities, and lockers. Plans have been drawn and approved, and we are beginning the approval processes with the county zoning commission.
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Due to the kind sponsorship of a generous sangha member, a lovely new covered walk-way will be built connecting the temple to the present office building and cafeteria entrance. For those of you who have participated in the Yamantaka drupchen, this is the path taken by the “tunnel”, and the covered walkway will be designed for easy conversion during the drupchen. It will be a graceful addition to our property, providing shade and beauty year ‘round. We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsor.
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.