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 Weekly Meditation & Yoga Opportunities at Awam

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Ste 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods

in the Rancho Center)


We are delighted to be able to offer additional 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).


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). There will be no meditation on May 29th, Saga Dawa Duchen


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.



  Third Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

The Oracle -

Reflections on Self

May 18th, 6pm

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.  With permission from the Dalai Lama, that has never been granted before, The Oracle explores the ancient practice of consulting spirits.  Throughout this very special movie, the Dalai Lama talks about the oracles of Tibetan Buddhism and how they apply to a more modern life.


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

Fourth Wednesday, May 23rd, 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.



    Saga Dawa Duchen

Tuesday, May 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Please call or email (see below) for location


Saga Dawa Duchen is one of the four great festivals in the Buddhist tradition. This festival celebrates the enlightenment and paranirvana 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.



 Interfaith Prayers for Peace

Wednesday, May 30th, 6:30-7:30 pm

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Ste 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.






  • Summer class continues - Rigdzin Dupa; Sundays, 1 pm



  • HH the Dalai Lama's birthday, Friday, July 6. May he live long!
  • All-Day Kalachakra Retreat, Saturday, July 7th, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Chokhor Duchen Puja & Tsok, Monday, July 16th, 6 - 8 pm


  • 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.


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May all beings be happy!