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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 Hour- Sundays, 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 to support our Meditation Center gratefully accepted).


Silent Meditation - Tuesdays, 6:00 pm: Come rest your mind with any form of silent meditation during all or any part of this hour. If you would like to learn basic meditation, please call us at 520-622-8460 for an appointment. We are happy to provide basic instructions and answer your questions. FREE (donations to support our Meditation Center gratefully accepted).


Tibetan Yoga Class meets on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am (no class July 7th due to Kalachakra Retreat) led by Patrick Flint, an experienced yoga practitioner and teacher. The 21 Tibetan Yogas are a form of yoga from 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.



Kalachakra Retreat

Saturday, July 7th, 9 am - 4 pm

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

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


We will celebrate HH the Dalai Lama's birthday (July 6th) with a Kalachakra Retreat on Saturday. This is a one-day, open retreat based on the Kalachakra Guru-Yoga in Conjunction with Six-Session Practice by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, although we will be doing four sessions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon, with a break for lunch. Please bring your copy of the sadhana, if you have one. Others should request a copy by email to Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com. Please also bring a snack to share for the Tsok at the end of the retreat. Students should have the Kalachakra empowerment, or at least a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment to participate. FREE (donations gladly accepted).



Chokhor Duchen Smoke Puja and Tsok

Monday, July 16th, 6 - 8 pm

Location by request; please email or call


Call 622-8460 or EmailAwamTBI@gmail.com for location directions


Chokhor Duchen is one of the four main festivals in Tibetan Buddhism celebrating events in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha). This event celebrates the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma at Deer Park in Sarnath, India. It is said that for 7 weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. Then, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time, teaching the Four Noble Truths. On this day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times, so this is an especially good day for practice!


We celebrate this event with a smoke offering of numerous aromatic substances, following the "Riwo Sangchod" practice text. This is followed by the "Concise Tsok Offering Verse from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche" and a potluck tsok feast.


Please bring a friend and some food to share. FREE.



Third Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

The Knowledge of Healing

July 20th, 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.


The Knowledge of Healing is an illuminating examination of Tibetan medicine, which has developed over two millennia into an amazingly successful method of healing. Unlike Western medicine, based on biochemistry, Tibetan medical thinking (which is strongly rooted in Buddhist principles) views the human body as governed by an elaborately organized system of energies flowing through a network of channels. In the 12th century, the Gy├╝shi (Knowledge of Healing) was created, a text codifying this intricate system. After flourishing for centuries, most Tibetan medical schools were destroyed by the Chinese in the 1950's and 1960's, and many physicians were executed.


Speaking from exile, the Dalai Lama argues for the value of Tibetan medicine, while his personal physician Dr. Tenzin Choedrak describes the principles behind it. We follow physicians in India and Siberia treating patients for a variety of ailments from paralysis to heart disease, and meet researchers in Israel and Switzerland to see how clinical studies are testing the effectiveness of Tibetan medicine.


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, July 25th, 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 now 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'sThe 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. Texts will be provided. You may bring a simple snack food to be included in our tsok offering. FREE. Donations gladly accepted.





  • HH the Dalai Lama's birthday, Friday, July 6. May he live long!
  • Dakini Day, Sunday, July 8th, good day for Dakini practice and tsok - we will honor Yeshe Tsogyal during our normal Dakini day Practice on the 4th Wednesday, this month July 25th.
  • Solar eclipse, Friday, July 13th, good day to recite "Prayer of Kungtuzanpo", effect of karmic actions multiplied 10,000 times.
  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Sunday, July 22nd, good day for practice and tsok
  • Lunar eclipse, Friday, July 27th, good day to recite "Prayer of Kungtuzanpo"
  • The monthly meeting  of the interfaith group, "Praying Together for Peace" will be on  Wednesday, July 18, at 6:30pm at St. Mark's Methodist Church on Magee Road.



  • Introduction to Dzogchen starts, Sunday, August 12, 1 - 3 pm



  • Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 1 - TBA, contact Jane Stanley (520) 622-8460 or EmailAwamTBI@gmail.com
  • Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 5 starts, Sunday, September 23, 9 - 10:30 am


October and/or November

  • Khenchen Lama, our Spiritual Director, will be visiting Tucson. He is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Dates and times TBA.





May all beings be happy!