Explore Our Meditation Practices & Events

Holiday Fundraising

Saturday, December 9th, 11 am-6:00 pm

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

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


Even the Buddha had support from donors. This is an opportunity to make a donation to help support our activities throughout the year. We offer numerous classes in Tucson and online to help you develop your understanding and practices. We also provide many other activities, teachings, practice retreats, and special events to further support your development. At the end of this calendar year, we request whatever financial support you are able to provide to help sustain these activities for the benefit of all beings.


This year we are donating art, jewelry and other objects to our donors as a gift for your contribution. There will be several levels of gifts according to the levels of contribution. You may stop by our Meditation Center (date, time & address above) to make a donation (cash, checks or card) and select from the relevant gifts - first come, first served. Thank you for your support!


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 No Meditation Hour on either Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve (December 24th and 31st): 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. You may schedule a session to learn basic meditation by calling Ruth at least one day ahead at 520-615-0445 for an appointment. FREE (donations to support our Meditation Center gratefully accepted).


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 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



Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

The Yogis of Tibet

December 15th, 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. The Yogis of Tibet.


It is not hard to understand why the Tibetans, whose outward conditions were so severe and changeable, came to look inward for a sense of permanence and peace. The king (Trisong Detsen) who had finally united them as a people wished to unite them in faith as well. He invited a charismatic leader from India, Padmasambhava, to bring Buddhism to his land. The people came to embrace the Buddhist way of life as a continuous stream of death and reincarnation, a cycle in which human birth represents a precious opportunity to make the moral choices that will determine one's destiny in the next life.


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 - Kurukulle

4th Wednesday, December 27th, 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 Kurukulle. Texts will be provided. You may bring a simple snack food to be included in our tsok offering. FREE. Donations gladly accepted.


Watch our monthly newsletter, Facebook, or go to AwamInstitute.org and click on "Explore our Meditation Practices and Events" for more information.






• Guhyagarbha Retreat - Saturday, January 6th, 9am-4pm

Spring Classes Start - Sunday, January 7th: What Did the Buddha Say?Exploring the Sutras; and The Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 3; and all online classes.



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

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, 6pm


May all beings be happy!