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Winter Retreat - Guhyagarbha Tantra

January 6th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

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


The Guhyagarbha Tantra is the main Mahayana tantra of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This Secret Essence Tantra extracts the essence of the eight herukas and the eighteen classes of the great tantras. It is also considered to be the general tantra of enlightened mind. The central figures are Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri, along with the 100 peaceful and wrathful deities.


We will follow the sadhana practice developed by Khenpo Drimed Dawa from the tantra and commentary by Longchenpa. The day will be divided into 4 sessions with a break for lunch. As this is not a sealed retreat, you may bring a lunch or go to a local restaurant. You may also bring a small finger-food snack for the ganachakra "feast" near the end of the day.


Participants need to have the Guhyagarbha empowerment or at least a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment. Please bring your sadhana or send an email to Khenpo at lease two days in advance at Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com to ensure that a copy will be available for you. There are pillows and trays for those who wish to sit on the floor, or you may bring your own cushion. There are also chairs available.



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 are delighted to be able to offer additional 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, 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 any part or all 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 yoga Saturday, January 6th due to retreat) 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 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.




3rd Friday Night Movie and Potluck Tsok

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring

January 19th, 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 delighted to share another Buddhist movie and potluck dinner. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and... Spring.


A tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft amidst a breathtaking landscape, tended to by a solitary Monk.  Into this serene setting comes a young child, who will become the old Monk's protege.  Roger Ebert says, "Rarely has a movie this simple moved me this deeply. I feel as if I could review it in a paragraph, or discuss it for hours. The South Korean film "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring" (2003) is Buddhist, but it is also universal. It takes place within and around a small house floating on a small raft on a small lake, and within that compass, it contains life, faith, growth, love, jealousy, hate, cruelty, mystery, redemption ... and nature. Also a dog, a rooster, a cat, a bird, a snake, a turtle, a fish and a frog."  Newsweek says, "Spellbinding! Both simple and deep!"


Please bring a friend and some food to share. 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 - Simhamukha

4th Wednesday, January 24th, 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'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 Simhamuka - The Lion-Faced Dakini. Texts will be provided. You may bring a simple snack food to be included in our tsok offering. FREE. Donations gladly accepted.








H.E. Jigme Lodro - Gathering of Vidyadharas (Rigdzin Dupa) Empowerment from the Longchen Nyingtik; and teachings on the Vima Nyingtik: February 7th-11th (weekday evenings, weekend all day; no Tucson classes on Sunday, the 11th).


The Gathering of Vidyadharas is one of the most important tantric sadhanas in the Nyingma tradition. It integrates the heart essences of the inner yogas and Dzogchen. It is one of the three main tantric sadhanas of the Longchen Nyingtik tradition. It was initially transmitted by Guru Padmasambhava to King Trisong Detsen, Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, and Vairochana at Samye Monastery in Tibet in the 9th century. Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) discovered the text as a treasure teaching. All of the deities of the six yogas and the vidyadharas are present in it as guests. Wednesday evening, 6-8 pm; suggested donation - $30.


Vima Nyingtik is one of the 5 main parts of the Nyingtik Yabshi, a collection of the heart essence teachings on Dzogchen by Longchenpa. The full collection condenses the two primary lineages of Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra with commentaries by Longchenpa. Vima Nyingtik is the fourth part of the collection to be taught by HE Jigme Lodro, which contains the heart essence teachings of Vimalamitra. The content of the Vima Nyingtik collection includes the 17 Dzogchen Tantras and Troma tantra; a collection of posthumous teachings from Garab Dorje, Manjushrimitra, Shri Singha, and Jnanasutra; and collection of 119 treatises of pith instructions. Suggested donations: Fri-Sat evenings ($20 ea) and Sat-Sun 9-4 ($40 ea).


Suggested donation for all 5 evenings and days is $120. No one will be turned away. Advanced registration:









Vajrakilaya practice, Thursday, February 15th, 6 pm: preparation for Losar

Losar, Tibetan New Year Puja and Tsok - Friday, February 16th, 6 pm

Movie will be on the 4th Friday due to Losar - Friday, February 23rd, 6 pm



Choyrul Duchen Puja and Tsok - Friday, March 2nd, 6 pm

Part 2 of Spring Classes begin



Vajrayogini/Vajravarahi Retreat - First Saturday, April 7, 9 am to 4 pm



Khenchen Lama, our Spiritual Director, will be coming to Tucson. Dates and teachings TBA.


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May all beings be happy!