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Amitabha's Pure Land Teachings - HE Jigme Lodro Rinpoche

February 5-9, 2020 (schedule below)

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)


HE Jigme Lodro will be returning to Tucson Arizona Wednesday-Sunday, February 5-9. He will be teaching in depth on Amitabha Pure Land practice. Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light, is also known as Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life. Together he is called the Buddha of Immeasurable Light and Life. He is known for his longevity attribute, magnetizing red fire element, discerning wisdom, pure perception, and deep awareness of the emptiness of phenomena. He is said to possess infinite merit from doing good deeds over countless past lives as a Bodhisattva named Dharmakara.


After accumulating such great merit, he is said to have achieved Buddhahood and created the Pure Land called Sukhavati (Skt.) or Dewachen (Tib.). Dewachen is located in the Western direction, beyond our own world. By the power of his vows, he made it possible for all who call upon him to be reborn into this Pure Land instead of samsara and receive further teachings so we too may become a bodhisattva or fully awakened buddha. Having done so, we can then return to this world or remain in Dewachen to help others.


In Vajrayana, Amitabha is considered to be one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas (of the Five Buddha Families), representing the Lotus family. He is red in color, seated on a lotus wearing dharma robes with his hands held in the mudra of equanimity and holding a begging bowl. His aggregate is perception, the energy of which manifests as discriminating wisdom. His element is fire which manifests as his consort Pandara (Pandaravasini). He helps us overcome the "poison" of strong desires. His mantra is Om Amitabha Hri (usually pronounced Om Ami Dewa Hri).


His two main disciples are Avalokiteshvara (the male Bodhisattva or Buddha of Compassion) and Vajrapani (the Bodhisattva or Buddha of Power). They are often included in the text of his sadhana practices. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is said to be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. Amitabha is often invoked during Phowa practices (transfer of consciousness at the time of death) or as Amitayus for preventing an untimely death. These teachings are particularly appropriate for our aging population in general, helping others with aging and death, as well as our own aging process.


A text will be provided.


Rinpoche's teaching schedule is as follows (with suggested donations for each):


Wednesday, February 5, 6pm - Amitabha Empowerment ($25)

Thursday, February 6, 2pm and 6pm - Amitabha Pure Land teachings, including his relationship to Togal practice and the Bardos ($20 each, $40)

Friday, February 7, 2pm and 6pm - Amitabha Pure Land teachings continue ($20 each, $40)

Saturday, February 8, 10am and 2pm - Amitabha Pure Land teachings continue ($20 each, $40)

Sunday, February 9, 10am and 2pm - Amitabha Pure Land teachings continue ($20 each, $40)


Suggested donation of $150 for all. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to make full donations.


Please call or email if you have questions. Thank you!



LOSAR & 20th Anniversary!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)


Losar is the Tibetan Lunar New Year celebration. It is customary to do cleaning before that date and also to prepare by doing Vajrakilaya practice, which we will do on Sunday, February 23 at 11am, instead of our usual Meditation Hour. We will use the Gurkhukma Kilaya text. Bring yours if you have one; otherwise copies will be available at the Center.


Then on Monday, February 24 at 6pm, we will celebrate Losar with a smoke puja and tsok feast based on the Riwo Sangchod and Concise Tsok Offering texts by HH Dudjom Rinpoche. Since were also founded 20 years ago by Khenchen Gyaltsen and Acharya Cliff Leftwich as Dharmakirti College, then morphed into the Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute under our current Spiritual Director, HH Khenchen Lama Rinpoche, we are also celebrating our 20th anniversary in Tucson. Therefore, Awam will be providing the meal and beverages for the tsok. In order to do that, it is necessary to get an accurate count of all those attending. Space at our center is limited (though we may change the venue if needed). Please call us at 520-622-8460 or email at EmailAwamTBI@gmail.org with the names of each participant as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, February 17. Thank you!




Weekly Meditation & Yoga Opportunities at Awam

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)


We offer regular practice sessions suitable for a wide variety of people from beginners to advanced practitioners. We welcome everyone, regardless of religious or secular beliefs, who would like to experience the benefits of meditation and yoga.


Sunday Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Hour - Sundays, 11:00 - noon: (No meditation hour Feb 9 due to teachings) Khenpo Dean leads a one-hour meditation practice now based on HH Khenchen Lama's "Treasure Meditation Book" from the Padling Tersar lineage. It includes Rigpa Guru Yoga, Manjushri, Tara, and King Gesar as the Four Roots (Guru, Yidham, Dakini, and Protector). This is an opportunity for group practice in a convenient weekly format. The benefit of group practice is multiplied by the number of participants, so please join us! Everyone is welcome to attend. FREE. Donations welcome. No Meditation Hour on Sunday February 9th, due to teachings.


Wednesday Meditation - Wednesdays*, 6:00 pm (No meditation Feb 5 due to teachings): Come rest your mind with any form of silent meditation during all or any part of this hour. We are happy to provide basic meditation instructions and answer your questions. FREE. Donations welcome.


     *Fourth Wednesday is Dakini Day practice - see below.


Tibetan Yoga Class meets on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, (No yoga Feb 9 due to teachings)led by Patrick Flint, an experienced yoga practitioner and teacher. The 21 Tibetan Yogas are a form of yoga the Tibetan master Longchenpa that is particularly suitable as a preparation for meditation and is very adaptable to those with physical limitations that are a barrier to many other forms of yoga. A book by Khenchen Lama is available for $15. Suggested donation: $5 per session.


Meet with Khenpo Dean - Anyone may schedule a personal session with Khenpo Dean to discuss your practice, Vajrayana, Buddhism in general, or how best to live the dharma in daily life. Send an email request to Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com. FREE. Donations welcome.



Dakini Day Practice - Kurukulle

4th Wednesday, February 26, 6pm

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center


We honor Dakini Day on the 4th Wednesday each month. Our Dakini Day practice and tsok, is based on a series of four practices from HH Dudjom Rinpoche's The Dakini Heart Essence: (1) Yeshe Tsogyal as the outer dakini, (2) Kurukulle as the inner dakini, (3) Simhamukha as the secret dakini, and (4) Troma as the innermost secret dakini. We rotate through these four practices over 4 months.


The next practice will be Kurukulle, the Female Buddha of Passion or Enchantment, inseparable from ultimate reality of wisdom, while perfectly engaged at the relative levels of our experience. Originating from the country of Uddiyana, Kurukulle in Tibetan means "she who is the cause knowledge." She became associated with the great goddess Tara and is often called Red Tara or Tarodbhava Kurukulle, "the Kurukulle who arises from Tara."


In her relative aspect, Kurukulle becomes the Buddhist goddess of love and sex, corresponding to Aphrodite and Venus. She is red in color and is depicted as a voluptuous and seductive nude, sixteen-year-old girl. She has four arms and holds a flower-entwined bow and arrow that cannot kill and a hook and lasso in her other hands to bind her targets into the dharma. Her Buddha activity is magnetizing, i.e., bringing under control the good qualities, life force, and powerful energies of the three worlds (desire, form, and formless).


 Texts will be provided. Please bring a simple snack food to be included in our tsok offering. FREE. Donations gladly accepted.



Other Upcoming Days & Events!



  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Tuesday, February 4, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • HE Jigme Lodro Rinpoche teachings, February 5 - 9 - See above! Evening of first day, afternoon and evening Thursday and Friday, mornings and afternoons on the weekend.
  • Dakini Day, Tuesday, February 18, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.
  • LOSAR and Awam's 20th year anniversary - Tibetan New Year, Monday, February 24, 6pm - year of the iron mouse.  Please let us know by February 17th if you plan to attend this dinner sponsored by Awam Institute.  EmailAwamTBI@gmail.com or call 520-622-8460



  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Wednesday, March 4, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Chotrul Duchen, Monday, March 9, 6 pm, smoke puja and tsok feast.
  • Dakini Day, Wednesday, March 18, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Friday, April 3, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Easter, Sunday, April 12
  • Dakini Day, Friday, April 17 good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



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Clothes for Women (and Men) in Need - Ongoing

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204,

Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)


The first of the Six Perfections is generosity. As a sangha, we have decided to provide a way for you to practice by helping those in need. We are collecting clothing items in good condition to share with Sister Jose Women's Center. We have a bin in the foyer where you can place items. Clothes should be clean and in good condition. Common needs include underwear, shoes, socks, shampoo, soap and sanitary items. Don't have any of those to donate? You might purchase some new low-cost socks or other items to share. (We can also share men's clothing through other relevant organizations.)


Thank you for your generosity!



May all beings be happy!