Explore Our Meditation Practices & Events


Yes, we are still continuing without in-person activities for now.


Please join us online and continue your home retreat. We also recommend reciting additional prayers and/or mantras for the benefit of self and others. Follow the directions of your personal lama, if you have one. Examples include Green or White Tara, Chenrezig, Medicine Buddha, or Om Ah Hung Hri.


We are monitoring the situation as we look forward to September. Stay safe!


What’s NEW?


We are changing our Wednesday evening meditation schedule! Ok, it’s not a dramatic change, but we have been thinking about it for a while. The Tibetan (Lunar) Calendar follows this schedule:


1. 8th day – Tara practice

2. 10th day – Guru Rinpoche Day celebration and tsok feast

3. 15th day – Amitabha Buddha practice

4. 25th day – Dakini Day celebration and tsok feast

5. 30th day – Shakyamuni Buddha practice


The lunar calendar, however, makes scheduling on those days in the West difficult due to conflicts with regular monthly schedules on our Western (solar) calendar. For our Sunday Meditation Hour, we generally follow the above sequence for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays in the month. And we have already been following the 1st and 4th days for our Wednesday practice (Tara Rito Loma Jonma and one of the four Dakinis from HH Dudjom Rinpoche’s Tersar respectively).


So we are now planning to change to the same sequence on Wednesdays, starting with Guru Rinpoche Day celebration and tsok feast on August 12th, and other 2nd Wednesdays thereafter. We will be using a text by Mipham Rinpoche, A Shower of Blessings, that includes a tsok (the text will be available on our website under “Resources” very soon). We will be changing the other two in September. Watch for details in September’s newsletter.


New classes coming in the fall! We are planning do offer some new classes in the fall, online if necessary. We have a list of possibilities, but let us know if there is something you would really love to have! We will consider all ideas. Just send an email to Khenpo Dean at Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com.


Still Free!


Khenpo Drimed Dawa has released hundreds of dharma talk and class videos on YouTube for free! Add them to your home retreat! Originally recorded for dharma talks and classes at Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, these are now available to the public for free. The videos are organized into playlists corresponding to a series of talks or a course. For detailed descriptions, go to AwamInstitute.org, then “classes” and “playlists”. To go directly to the playlists, go to YouTube and search for “Khenpo Drimed Dawa”. YouTube does not permit organizing the order of playlists, so you may have to scroll down to find what you are looking for. If you can, donations on our website are appreciated. May all beings be happy!


Weekly Meditation Opportunities at Awam

On Facebook LIVE

(Other weekly activities have been cancelled for now.)


You must have a Facebook account and be a “friend” of “Khenpo Drimed Dawa” or “follower” of “Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute”, if you are not already. Once you become a “friend” or “follower”, you will receive announcements in your Facebook feed. Click on the picture in your newsfeed or go directly to Facebook.com/AwamTBI/LIVE a few minutes before the start time. Please post a note in the comment box to let us know you are present. Times are Tucson AZ (= Pacific Daylight).


Sunday Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Hour – Sundays, 11:00 – noon: Khenpo Dean leads a one-hour meditation practice online, including preliminary practices, Nature of Phenomena Prayer, Heart Sutra, one of a rotating variety of deity practices (Tara, Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha, Dakini, and Shakyamuni Buddha [or other]), a short dharma talk, long-life and closing prayers from our “Meditation Practice Manual”. A copy of the text may be downloaded from our website AwamInstitute.org under “Resources”. The benefit of group practice is multiplied by the number of participants, so please join us! Everyone is welcome to attend. FREE. Donations appreciated.


Wednesday Evening Meditation Practice – Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. See our plans for changes at the top of our Newsletter: Khenpo Dean leads a one-hour meditation practice online:

• Aug 5th – Tara Rito Loma Jonma (one of the 21 Taras)

• Aug 12th – A Shower of Blessings – Guru Yoga & Tsok

• Aug 19th – Tara Rito Loma Jonma again

• Aug 26th – Dakini Troma (see below).


Our Meditation Practice Manual (for the preliminary practices) and the sadhana texts are available under “Resources”.

FREE. Donations appreciated.



Troma Dakini Practice - Online

Wednesday, August 26, 6-7 pm on Facebook LIVE


We honor Dakini Day on the 4th Wednesday each month on Facebook.com/AwamTBI/LIVE. 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 dakini practice in the Dudjom Tersar lineage. Her wrathful aspect skillfully overcomes and subdues violent negative energies.


Go to Facebook.com/AwamTBI/LIVE a few minutes before the start time and post a note in the comment box so we know you are present. Texts are available on our website under “Resources”. This practice includes a concise tsok feast, so you may want to have a small snack and drink available (traditionally meat and alcohol, but any symbolic substances will do here). FREE. Donations appreciated.



Other Upcoming Days & Events!



  • Tibetan Dakini Day, Friday, August 14, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.*
  • Tibetan Guru Rinpoche Day, Friday, August 28, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.*



  • Tibetan Dakini Day, Saturday, September 12, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.*
  • Tibetan Guru Rinpoche Day, Saturday, September 26, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.*



  • Tibetan Dakini Day, Monday, October 10, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.*
  • Tibetan Guru Rinpoche Day, Monday, October 26, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.*



  • Lha Bab Duchen, Saturday, November 7, one of the four great annual festivals related to the life of Shakyamuni Buddha
  • Tibetan Dakini Day, Tuesday, November 10, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.*
  • Tibetan Guru Rinpoche Day, Wednesday, November 24, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.*
  • Thanksgiving (US), Thursday, November 26


* On the Tibetan calendar





May all beings be happy!