Explore Our Meditation Practices & Events


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have canceled practices and events until further notice. We will continue the Sunday Meditation Hour and Dakini Day Practice (see schedule below) using Facebook Live:


You must have a Facebook account. From that, send a "friend request" (if you are not already) to either "Khenpo Drimed Dawa" or "Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute".  Once friended, you will receive announcements in your newsfeed. Click on the view button to join a few minutes before the start. You may post a comment to let me know you are there!


May all beings be free of suffering and its causes. ...Khenpo Dean



We are continuing without in-person activities for now.


During this challenging time, we are moving basic activities to online only. Please join us. Be sure to meditate as much as you can, even several additional short times each day. 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. If not, many are suggesting Tara mantras. Others you might consider include White Tara, Chenrezig, Medicine Buddha, or Om Ah Hung Hri. Thank you for your help. Stay safe!



Weekly Meditation Opportunities at Awam

Being done for now with Facebook Live

(Other weekly activities have been canceled for now.)


You must have a Facebook account, then make a friend request to either "Khenpo Drimed Dawa" or "Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute". Once you have been "friended", you will receive announcements in your Facebook feed. Click on the picture in your newsfeed a few minutes before the start time. Times are Tucson AZ (= Pacific Daylight). Once on, please post a comment to let us know you are there!


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. A copy of the text may be downloaded under "Resources". FREE. Donations welcome.




Dakini Day Practice Online - Troma

Wednesday, April 22, 6-7 pm, Facebook Live


We honor Dakini Day on the 4th Wednesday each 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 Troma, "The Black Wrathful Mother" - a wisdom dakini, is a feminine embodiment of wisdom. Tröma Nakmo is the innermost secret aspect of the khandro practice in the Dudjom Tersar lineage. Her wrathful aspect skillfully overcomes and subdues violent negative energies.


Texts are available. Please email Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com to request a copy. 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 gladly accepted.




Other Upcoming Days & Events!

Pending Coronavirus Status



  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Friday, April 3, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Rigdzin Dupa Retreat, Saturday, April 4, 9-4: CANCELED
  • Easter, Sunday, April 12
  • Dakini Day, Friday, April 17 good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Sunday, May 3, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Sunday, May 17, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Monday, June 1, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Saga Dawa Duchen, Friday, June 5, 6 pm, smoke puja and tsok feast. (hopefully!)
  • Dakini Day, Monday, June 15, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.
  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Tuesday, June 30, birth of Guru Rinpoche,good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.





May all beings be happy!