Explore Our Meditation Practices & Events

Kalachakra Retreat

Saturday, July 6, 9am - 4pm

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

Tucson AZ

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


Kalachakra, Wheel of Time, is one of the most advanced of all the tantra forms of practice. The concept of 'time' is used as the special metaphor to symbolize the process of transformation from mundane existence to complete enlightenment. Kalachakra is time and everything is under the influence of time, thus Kalachakra knows all. His consort, Vishvamata, is aware of everything that is timeless, not time-bound or out of the realm of time. In union, they represent the wheel without beginning or end.


This is an opportunity to engage in a 4-session retreat with this special sadhana practice from HH the Dalai Lama and a very concise Dzogchen Kalachakra from our Padling Tersar lineage. Participants need a Kalachakra empowerment or some other Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment. (If you need the sadhanas, please email  Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com with a request.)This is neither a silent nor a sealed retreat. There will brief breaks between practice sessions as well as for lunch. FREE (donations gladly accepted).



Week-Long Intensive Practice Retreat

Monday, July 15, 2 pm check-in, to Saturday, July 20, 2 pm

1135 W Twin Buttes Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

(Check Google Maps for directions)


Intensive retreats of at least one week have been shown to be one of the best ways to improve one's practice. This is our first such retreat. It is a practice retreat, not a teaching retreat. This will be a "silent retreat" and "sealed retreat" (generally, no talking or leaving the retreat grounds). There will be with flexibility to address your particular practice needs. There will be short dharma talks and Q&A opportunities (group and individual) each day. Participants should bring any relevant practice sadhanas or books that may be needed, as well as the Awam Prayerbook for group practices daily. Riwo Songchod (smoke offering) and Concise Tsok Offering Verse, both by HH Dudjom Rinpoche, are also recommended (available on our website). For additional details, please email Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com.


Suggested donation: $100. Participants will need to bring their own food and beverages. Tea will be provided, as will bedding, kitchen, and practice facilities.


no yoga Saturdays, July 6th & 20th, due to retreats



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. No Meditation on July 17th due to retreat.


*Fourth Wednesday is Dakini Day practice - see below.


Tibetan Yoga Class meets on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am no yoga Saturdays, July 6th & 20th, due to retreats. 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.




An update on one of our favorite yogis


Lama Gursam talks online - Lama Gursam will be staying in India this year to help his mother after his father's passing away. However, he will be giving online talks on Mondays at 4pm Mountain Time (7pm NY time). To sign up, please email John Wenz, his USA coordinator with a request to participate as a member of our sangha: johnrwenz49@gmail.com .



4th Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

July 26th

 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.

Usually on the 3rd Friday, it is on the 4th Friday because of our week long retreat.


Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped.  An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains  an essential teaching, originating in the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas.  Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.


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 - Simhamukha

4th Wednesday, July 24th

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, 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, Thursday, July 11, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Saturday, July 27, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



  • Chokhor Duchen, Sunday, August 4, 6-8 pm, celebrating the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma.
  • Guru Rinpoche Day, Saturday, August 10, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok.
  • Dakini Day, Sunday, August 25, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.



  • Fall Tucson classes will begin Sunday, September 8th.


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May all beings be happy!