Explore Our Meditation Practices & Events



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.


*Fourth Wednesday is Dakini Day practice - see below.


Tibetan Yoga Class meets on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am (no class December 7 due to Annual Arts & Crafts 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

Journey into Buddhism, Dharma River

November 15, 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.


Yantra is the Sanskrit word for Pilgrimage.  Dharma River is the first of these visually stunning documentaries by John Bush that leads you into legendary places in Southeast Asia and Tibet, including the spiritual wonders of Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bali, Cambodia and Central Tibet. Journey into the living traditions and lost civilizations of the vibrant part of the world and explore the universal ideals of wisdom, compassion and inner peace at the very heart of these ancient cultures.


The Potluck dinner starts at 6pm and the movie at 6:30


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.



Lha Bab Duchen Puja & Potluck

Tuesday, November 19, 6-8 pm

Please contact us by email or phone for the location.


Lha Bab Duchen is one of the four great festivals in the Buddhist tradition. This festival celebrates Shakyamuni Buddha's descent from Tashita heaven where he is said to have spent three months teaching to teach his mother and the gods, to repay her kindness and liberate her, as well as to benefit the gods.


Buddha had left for The Heaven of Thirty-Three (Trayastrimsa) at the age of 41, in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in that desire realm, and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. He returned to earth a week later by a special triple ladder prepared by Viswakarma, the god of machines.


This event is considered to be one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha. On Lhabab Duchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. It is part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day.


We celebrate with a smoke offering (puja) and potluck (tsok or food) offering. FREE. Please bring a food dish to share.



Dakini Day Practice - Simhamukha

4th Wednesday, November 27, 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 Simhamukha, the Lion-Faced Dakini. Simhamukha is a wisdom dakini. Her wrathful aspect skillfully overcomes and subdues violent negative energies. The Lion-Faced Dakini represents the wisdom that enables one to clear away the negativity of one's own mind, and through her practice one is imbued with spiritual power to gain mastery over samsara and nirvana. She is appropriate for clearing obstacles of the most pervasive and malignant kind and cutting through the "three poisons" of mind. The practice is said to be a reliable source of protection when obstacles arise.... "Defilements attract the maras of hindrances and enemies just as a magnet attracts iron filings. When you clear away the negativity of your own poisons, there is nothing to attract the maras." This ancient practice has been important in Tibetan Buddhism since the time of Padmasambhava.


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, socks, shampoo, soap and sanitary items. 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!



  • 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.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 28



  • #TuesdayGiving Day,Tuesday, December 3 ... donate via Facebook
  • Annual Art & Craft Sale Fundraiser, Saturday, December 7, 10-4 pm.
  • 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 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.



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May all beings be happy!