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