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Saga Dawa Duchen - Smoke Puja and Tsok Feast

June 17th, 6-8:30 pm

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Saga Dawa Duchen is one of the four great festivals in the Buddhist tradition. This festival celebrates the enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. On his enlightenment at the age of thirty-five, in Bodhgaya, India, the Buddha proclaimed: "Profound peace, natural simplicity, uncompounded luminosity, I have found a nectar-like Dharma".


At the end of his forty-five years of teaching, as he lay dying in a forest grove in Kushinagara, surrounded by his disciples, he said to them with his last breath: "It is in the nature of all things that take form to dissolve again. Strive with your whole being to attain perfection".


On this day, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times! We will begin our celebration with a smoke offering (puja) followed by a potluck dinner (tsok). Please bring food to share. FREE



COMING: Week-Long Intensive Retreat

July 15th, 2pm, to
July 20th, 2 pm

At Drikung Namgyal Ling, 1135 W Twin Buttes Rd, Sahuarita, AZ


We will hold our first week-long intensive retreat in July, which research shows to be a great benefit to your practice. This will be a "silent retreat" with flexibility to address your particular practice(s). There will be short dharma talks and Q&A opportunties, group and individual, each day. Tenatively, the suggested donation is $150 (including meals). More details will be shared as they become available.



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 no meditation Wednesday, June 19 due to Interfaith Prayers for Peace event at our center (see below): 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 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 FREE. Donations welcome.



Interfaith Prayers for Peace

June 19th, 6:30 - 7:30

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

Tucson AZ

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


The Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute is participating in a monthly Interfaith Prayers for Peace series open to all. Please come and join us in prayers, chant songs, and meditations. Refreshments will be available. FREE.



3rd Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok


June 21st, 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.


A brawl on Everest? Director Jennifer Peedom set out to uncover tension in the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view and instead captured a tragedy when an avalanche struck, killing 16 Sherpas. Sherpa tells the story of how the Sherpas united after the tragedy in the face of fierce opposition, to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma. (Mt Everest)


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, June 26th, 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 TheThe 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, reminiscent of Eros and Cupid, and a hook and lasso in her other hands to bind her targets into the dharma. Texts will be provided. You may bring a simple snack food to be included in our tsok offering. FREE. Donations gladly accepted.




May all beings be happy!