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September 2018 Newsletter


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 FREE




3rd Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

The Lion's Roar

September 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.


The Lion's Roar is a profile of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the great Tibetan Buddhist master known for the Black Crown ceremony.  He is recognized as the embodiment of the teachings of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, one that traces its source through Tibet's greatest teachers, Milarepa and Marpa to Naropa and Tilopa, all the way back to the Shakyamuni Buddha himself...This is a wonderful movie, where his great love and wisdom shines brightly throughout the movie.


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, September 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 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'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. 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, Wednesday, September 5th, good day for Dakini practice and tsok.  (We will do our Dakini Practice on September 26.)

Guru Rinpoche Day, Wednesday, September 19th, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok

Fall Equinox, Sunday, September 23rd, good day to Kuntuzanpo's Prayer

Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 1 - September 23, 9 - 10:30 am, contact Jane Stanley (520) 622-8460 or


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

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


Khenchen Lama, our Spiritual Director, will be visiting Tucson, November 13-16 (see details at top of this newsletter). He is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

May all beings be happy!