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Annual Guru Rinpoche Mantra Accumulation Retreat

April 14th and 15th   9am-5pm

Registration Opens March 21st

 Led by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin and Lama Abao

Invoke the Blessings of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambava.  This practice can transform and purfiy afflictive emotions such as anger, jealousy and attachment into wisdom and compassion.  The benefits of creating great merit remove the outer, inner and secret obstacles.  Join in this precious opportunity to benefit all beings with this powerful practice.

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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 pergola 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 pergola 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.

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