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             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 to support our Meditation Center gratefully accepted).


Tuesday Silent Meditation - Tuesdays, 6:00 pm: Come rest your mind with any form of silent meditation during all or any part 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, 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.



Third Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

Unmistaken Child

August 17th  6-8:30

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. The documentary follows a Tibetan Buddhist monk's search for the reincarnation of his beloved teacher, the world-renowned lama, Geshe Lama Konchog. The filming, which began in October 2001, spans a time frame of five and a half years. It follows the deceased lama's closest disciple - a modest young monk named Tenzin Zopa, who speaks English well - as he seeks to find the child who is his master's reincarnation.


Because Tenzin is only a humble monk, he questions his ability to accurately find and recognize the reincarnation of an enlightened master. He is daunted by the difficulty of the task, for which he alone seems responsible.

Following a combination of prayer, intuition, and various forms of divination, Tenzin travels to the tiny villages of the remote Tsum Valley on the Nepal-Tibet border, and checks many families and many children. He seeks to find a young boy of the right age who responds emotionally to one of his former master's possessions. Still, many questions would remain, and many tests and trials must be met before the existence of a Tulku - a reincarnated Tibetan master - could be confirmed. And even beyond the question of the confirmation of a reincarnation is the emotional toll involved in removing a small child from his loving parents and familiar village.


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, August 22nd, 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.


Partial List of UPCOMING EVENTS+!



Dakini Day, Tuesday, August 7th, good day for Dakini practice and tsok

Introduction to Dzogchen starts in Tucson, Sunday, August 12, 1 - 3 pm

Solar eclipse, Saturday, August 11th, good day to recite "Prayer of Kungtuzanpo", effect of karmic actions multiplied 10,000 times.

Guru Rinpoche Day, Monday, August 20th, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok



Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 1 - Starts September 23 - (9am - 10:30) contact Jane Stanley (520) 622-8460 or EmailAwamTBI@gmail.com

Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 5 starts Sunday, September 23, 9-10:30 am



Togal Retreat, Saturday October 6th 9am - 4pm - up on Mt Lemmon.

Lha Bab Duchen Festival, Wednesday, October 31 (also Halloweeen), puja and tsok ... and costume party???



Khenchen Lama, our Spiritual Director, will be visiting Tucson. He is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Dates and times TBA.






May all beings be happy!