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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 HourSundays, 11:00 – noon: Khenpo Dean leads a one-hour meditation practice including chanting, one of a variety of deity practices, a short dharma talk, and a ritual blessing. 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.

 

Wednesday MeditationWednesdays*, 6:00 pm: Come rest your mind with any form of silent meditation during all or any part of this hour. We are happy to provide basic 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 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 – You 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.

 

 

3rd Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

Secrets of Shangri-la

September 20, 6-8:30 pm

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

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

 

We are happy to share another Buddhist movie and potluck dinner. National Geographic follows mountaineers Peter Athans and Broughton Coburn through the remote Himalayan kingdom of Mustang and deep inside its caves, the walls of which depict ancient Buddhist and Tibetan murals, suggesting that the caves may have once been a religious gathering place, and perhaps even the inspiration for the myth of Shangri-la.  For years, adventurers from all over the world have searched for the mythic paradise of Shangri-La and have found little until now. Explore sacred Buddhist caves and witness as experts look back into time as they uncover centuries-old manuscripts and stunning wall paintings that have remained undisturbed for years. Has the real Shangri-La finally been discovered? Will it survive the erosion and visitors that the future is bound to bring?

 

Please bring a friend and some food to share. The tsok begins at 6 pm and the movie at 6:30 pm. While there is NO CHARGE for attendance, we do appreciate donations of however much you can contribute toward our monthly rent for our beautiful Meditation Center. Thank you for your generosity and consideration.

 

 

Dakini Day Practice – Yeshe Tsogyal

4th Wednesday, September 25, 6-7 pm

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 of the 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 Yeshe Tsogyal. Although often referred to as being Padamasambhava's main consort, she was primarily a spiritual master and teacher in her own right. She is known to have revealed terma with Padmasambhava and was also the main scribe for these terma. Later, Yeshe Tsogyal also hid many of Padmasambhava's terma on her own, under the instructions of Padmasambhava for future generations. Based on her spiritual accomplishments, the Nyingma and Karma Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism recognize Yeshe Tsogyal as a female Buddha.

 

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

 

 

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, and socks. 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!

 

Other Upcoming Days & Events!

 

September

  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Sunday, September 8, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Tuesday, September 24, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.

 

October

  • Togal Retreat on Mt Lemmon, Saturday, October 5, 9-5 all-day retreat (others may attend to do other forms of practice)
  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Tuesday, October 8, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Wednesday, October 23, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.

 

November

  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Wednesday, November 6, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Lha Bab Duchen, Tuesday, November 19, Puja and Tsok celebrating the Buddha’s descent from Akanishta.
  • Dakini Day, Friday, November 22, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.

 

 

 

May all beings be happy!