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!

On April 15th H.E. Garchen Rinpoche sends this message to each of you….
Many disciples around the world expressed their wish to hold prayer services for my birthday.  But what’s more important than praying on my birthday is to think about the great difficulties everyone is experiencing in the world due to the pandemic. This is something that we should all pray for.
So all the Buddhists in the world should recite one particular prayer together.  Four lines from Shantideva’s Way of a Bodhisattva.  They are very easy to recite.  It’s a prayer wishing for all those who are sick to fully recover. So please on my birthday, it’s my wish for you to accumulate this 4 line prayer as much as you can.  That will help with the healing of this illness in this world and will also benefit my health and my long life. It’s also a great accumulation of merit.
As a gift to you on my birthday, I’m offering to you the Bodhisattva vows.
Actually we always have to retake the Bodhisattva vows, throughout the 3 periods of the day and 3 periods of the night.  But because many people want to receive the vow, I’m offering it on my birthday.
Regarding my own lineage of the Bodhisattva Vow, it is very precious and I have received it from several of the elder Lamas in Tibet but most importantly I received it twice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
I have just completed a month long retreat and actually this is what I’ve been accumulating in my retreat, these 4 lines.  They are very powerful and easy to recite and accumulate. So everyone please recite these 4 lines, many times, as much as you can.  And of course we will hold other practices on the birthday but these 4 lines are most important. So on an ongoing basis, in your day to day life, continue to accumulate these 4 lines like a mantra.  It would be ideal if you can submit your numbers, via email to the center.
4 LINE PRAYER TO RECITE – (in the blue prayer book, page 64, verse 21)
May every being ailing with disease
Be freed at once from every malady. 
May all the sickness that afflicts the living 
Be instantly and permanently healed.
Garchen Rinpoche requests that 100 million recitations of this 4 Line Prayer.  Please submit your accumulations to 
The prayer count will be updated on the homepage of the website once a day.  When 100 million prayers have been recited, this offering of devoted practice
will be made to Garchen Rinpoche.
with love and prayers,
The Garchen Buddhist Institute
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

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