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Annual Mt. Lemmon Retreat

Saturday, October 5, 9am departure, 5pm return

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

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


Our annual Mt. Lemmon Retreat will be all day Saturday (9am-5pm) October 5. In the past, we focused on Togal practice, but since our actual practice is done individually, we have decided to open it to all as a day for outdoor meditation, an excellent way to practice that is recommended by nearly all masters! Please meet at the Center at least 15 minutes before departure time (departing at 9 am), and we can carpool up to Inspiration Rock (left side of the road, near Summerhaven). There is a parking fee.


Please also bring any texts you might want to use for your practice, if any. There are restrooms and picnic tables; bring your own lunch and beverages (lots of water). Weather can vary from warm to cold (currently forecast to 71 degrees with 9 mph wind), so bring options, and perhaps something for sitting on a rock or the ground, or a folding chair. Hats and sunscreen are also recommended.


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.


*Fourth Wednesday is Dakini Day practice - see below.


Tibetan Yoga Class meets on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am (no class October 5 due to Mt. Lemmon 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 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

Walk with Me - A Journey into Mindfulness

October 18th, 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. Walk with Me: A Journey into Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of the Buddhist master, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose - to practice the art of mindfulness. Filmed over three years, this film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love. As the seasons come and go, the monastics' inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.


Please bring a friend and some food to share. The tsok 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 - Kurukulle

4th Wednesday, October 23, 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 Kurukulle, the Female Buddha of Passion or Enchantment, inseparable from ultimate reality of wisdom, while perfectly engaged at the relative levels of our experience. Originating from the country of Uddiyana, Kurukulle in Tibetan means "she who is the cause knowledge." She became associated with the great goddess Tara and is often called Red Tara or Tarodbhava Kurukulle, "the Kurukulle who arises from Tara." In her relative aspect, Kurukulle becomes the Buddhist goddess of love and sex, corresponding to Aphrodite and Venus. She is red in color and is depicted as a voluptuous and seductive nude, sixteen-year-old girl. She has four arms and holds a flower-entwined bow and arrow that cannot kill and a hook and lasso in her other hands to bind her targets into the dharma. Her Buddha activity is magnetizing, i.e., bringing under control the good qualities, life force, and powerful energies of the three worlds (desire, form, and formless).


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, and socks. 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, Tuesday, October 8, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Wednesday, October 23, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



  • 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.



  • 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




May all beings be happy!