Activities & Events



Yogi Lama Gursam

Tuesday, July 18th through Sunday, July 23rd

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

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


Yogi Lama Gursam returns to Tucson in July. He will be teaching the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, 7/18 - 7 Point Mind Training (6-9pm)
  • Wednesday, 7/19 - 7 Point Mind Training (6-9pm)
  • Thursday, 7/20 - Heart Sutra (6-9pm)
  • Friday, 7/21 - Heart Sutra (6-9pm)
  • Saturday, 7/22 - Breathing, Meditation & Yoga (9-12am & 2-4pm)
  • Sunday, 7/23 - Breathing, Meditation & Yoga (9-12am & 2-4pm)









7 Point Mind Training (Lojong) is a collection of 59 slogans organized into 7 sets (points) to help train our mind in Buddhist practice and philosophy, providing antidotes to various afflictive emotions and mental obscurations that cause "suffering". Atisha (982-1054), a mahasiddhi, is considered to be the originator of this practice. The slogans were were composed in their current form by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1101-1175).


The Heart Sutra is a very concise text that is part of the Buddhist Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) literature. The "transcendent" wisdom is articulated in a via negativa approach (wisdom is ineffable, therefore beyond words or concepts, even those from Buddhism).There are shorter and longer versions with the later including some contextual passages not in the former. The text is most highly regarded and is often recited daily in many of the Buddhist traditions.


Breathing, Meditation & Yoga bring together several forms of practice into a unified whole that has been shown to be of great value in many aspects of health, wellbeing, and Buddhist practice. Lama will lead us through these during a weekend practice retreat that you won't want to miss!


Yogi Lama Gursam went to monastery at a very young age, received teachings as a monastic, and studied and practiced as a monastic. Then Lama Gursam went to study in Tibetan University Sarnath, Varanasi, India to get both bachelors and masters degrees in Buddhist Philosophy, History, and languages. Upon graduation he received a special award for scholastic achievement from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


After university Lama Gursam was requested to assist His Holiness the Chetsang Rinpoche. Lama volunteered for five years as an assistant, as a teacher, and helped with many other duties. Lama Gursam then completed the traditional three year retreat. Since then every year Lama has gone on retreat in various mountains, including some of Milarepa's caves. He then returns for six months each year to provide teachings in the West. He also leads pilgrimages to holy places in India, and Nepal. Lama teaches in English, and always tries to focus on the practical application of the Dharma in everyday life. He has been teaching regularly at the Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute (previously Dharmakirti College and Dharmakirti International) for many years.







Friday Movie and Potluck Rent Party!


6pm - 8:30 pm, Friday June 16th

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

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


Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is a film adaptation of one of Tibet's most famous ancient legends, based upon the life and teachings of a Buddhist yogi.

Directed by Neten Chokling, a Lama from Western Bhutan who has previously worked with Khyentse Norbu on the films such as The Cup and Travellers and Magicians, the film is the about the adventurous formative years of the legendary buddhist mystic, Milarepa (1052-1135) who is one of the most widely known Tibetan yogis. The film combined myth, biography, adventure, history and docudrama.

The film featured Lhakpa Tsamchoe in her return to the silver screen in a supporting role as Aunt Peydon during young Milarepa's formative years

The tale is a staple in Tibetan Traditions, Buddhism, and the legend of Milarepa elevates him to the status of national hero in Tibet and nearly so in Buddhist regions of India, China and Pakistan. He is one of the Tibetan yogis or Mahasiddihis` in Tibetan Buddhism.



Dakini Day Practice - Simhamukha

Monday, June 19th, 5-6 pm

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

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


Our Dakini Day practice and tsok on Dakini Day of the lunar calendar is taken from 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. 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.



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 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, 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 temple gratefully accepted).


Open Sit - NEW - Tuesdays, noon-1:00 pm: Come any time or stay for the whole hour. We are making our space available for any form of silent meditation during this hour. You may schedule a session to learn basic meditation by calling Ruth at least one day ahead at 520-615-0445 for an appointment. FREE (donations to support our temple gratefully accepted).


Vajrayogini Meditation is off for the summer.


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 from 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 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




May all beings be happy!