Explore Our Meditation Practices & Events

Season's Greetings


Tashi delek! This has been a very good year for Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute. HH Khenchen Lama Rinpoche joined us to give teachings, as did HE Jigme Lodro. We held our first week-long retreat last summer. We have practiced generosity by gathering and donating many clothes and other items to Sister Jose Women's Center. We have continued our regular schedules with classes on the Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Mindfulness with Breathing, the 37 Bodhisattva Practices, Introduction to Dzogchen, and the start of a series on HH Khenchen Lama's lineage of the Padling Tersar.


We also have weekly practices of the Meditation Hour and Silent Meditation, monthly Dakini Day, Quarterly One-Day Retreats, and special celebrations on the four Great Festivals of the Buddhist calendar: Losar, Saga Dawa Duchen, Chokhor Duchen, and Lha Bab Duchen. We have also held monthly Movie and Potluck Tsok nights. We welcome suggestions for additions or changes to help you with your study, contemplation, and meditation! Please contact Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com.


I would also like to make special thanks to Jane Stanley for the many tasks she takes on for me and the sangha - this newsletter, emails, posting events in local media, help with our website, teaching online and some local classes, setup and takedown for our many events, planning for our monthly Movie Night, and much more, in addition to her study, contemplation and meditation practice.


And thanks to Patrick Flint for leading our weekly sessions of the 21 Tibetan Yogas, as well as he and Blythe Thompson hosting our major celebrations, and their regular assistance with our many other needs.


Finally, thanks to the many other sangha members who voluntarily participate in assisting with our events and activities, as well as help others along the path. Thank you all!


       Khenpo Drimed Dawa (Khenpo Dean)






Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 4 pm

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

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


Each year members and friends of our sangha donate art or craft objects (many Buddhist related - paintings, practice objects, jewelry, etc.) for our sale to raise funds. We invite you to donate or to come and purchase objects for yourself or gifts for others. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available while you browse. Cash, checks and cards are accepted.



PayPal & More


Our webpage, www.AwamInstitute.org also has a donate button that can be done for single donations or monthly contributions through PayPal. Just select the "Donate" button on our homepage. There are other ways you can contribute listed as well, so please check it out!


Thank you for your generosity!


If you have any questions, please email me at Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com.




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 welcome.


Wednesday Meditation - Wednesdays*, 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.


* Third Wednesday is Dakini Day practice - see below. No practice on Christmas, December 25, or New Year, January 1.


Tibetan Yoga Class meets on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am (no class December 7 due to Annual Art & Craft Sale) 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.



3rd Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

Vajra Sky Over Tibet

December 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. Vajra Sky Over Tibet - part of a trilogy by John Bush. Vajra is the Sanskrit word signifying the thunder-bolt of illumination.  This enthralling documentary offers a cinematic pilgrimage to central Tibet, bearing witness to the indomitable faith of it's endangered Buddhist community and the imminent threat to its very survival.


Travel through breathtaking Himalayan terrain and visit extraordinary temples, monasteries and festivals.  The enduring power of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism reasoning, all of its sacred shrines and echos with the bustling Jokhang Temple and the empty Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lamas.


Journey into the living traditions of this vanishing civilization and explore the universal ideals of wisdom, compassion and inner peace at the very heart of this ancient Buddhist culture


Please bring a friend and some food to share. The tsok (potluck) 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 - Troma

Wednesday, December 18, 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 3rd Wednesday this 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 Troma, "The Black Wrathful Mother" - a wisdom dakini, is a feminine embodiment of wisdom. Tröma Nakmo is the innermost secret aspect of the khandro practice in the Dudjom Tersar lineage. Her wrathful aspect skillfully overcomes and subdues violent negative energies and subtle obscurations.


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



Other Upcoming Days & Events!



  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Friday, December 6, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Saturday, December 21, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.
  • Christmas Holiday, Wednesday, December 25
  • New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31



  • New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1
  • Guhyagarbha Retreat, Saturday, January 4, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Sunday, January 5, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Sunday, January 19, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



  • HE Jigme Lodro Rinpoche teachings, February 5 - 9 - hold the dates! Evening of first day, afternoon and evening Thursday and Friday, mornings and afternoons on the weekend.
  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Tuesday, February 4, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Tuesday, February 18, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.
  • LOSAR - Tibetan New Year, Monday, February 24 - year of the iron mouse.




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May all beings be happy!