EVENTS ~ HE GARCHEN RINPOCHE




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WELCOME TO THE GARCHEN BUDDHIST INSTITUTE


A Sanctuary of Peace



The Garchen Buddhist Institute was founded by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche in Chino Valley, Arizona. It is rooted in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Garchen Rinpoche created the Institute to establish the Buddha Dharma in the West, and to offer practitioners of all levels the opportunity to receive teachings, and participate in short or extended meditation practices. The Institute is at the heart of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s international mandala and the educational programming offered here inspires and cultivates compassion and wisdom for the benefit of individuals, communities and the world at large.







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*SEE EVENTS SCHEDULE FOR CURRENT PROGRAMS & PRECIOUS TEACHINGS. EMAHO!






UPCOMING EVENTS


(Please scroll through: Listed first are are the ceremonial events and retreats, then the regular practice schedule.





CEREMONIAL EVENTS & RETREATS






DONATIONS

We offer all of our online dharma programming and retreats for free by relying on your donations. All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. CLICK TO DONATE 








On May 3, 4 & 5 2024, H.E Garchen Rinpoche bestowed precious teachings on: Essence of Phenomena and Karma, immeasurable thanks for these precious teachings. May the Enlightened activities continue until the end of samsara.
Transcriptions of teachings to follow as pages on the main website.





On April 27 2024, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche bestowed precious teachings on: Intro to Vajrakilaya Practice, truly an incalculable blessing to us all. Immeasurable thanks. May all beings benefit.
Transcription of teaching on webpage of this site: Intro to Vajrakilaya Practice.









On April 5 and April 6 2024, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche gave teachings on The Meaning of Tara Prayer Practice.

You can find the recordings of these precious teachings via the link below.

Link: YouTube
Seven Verses of Supplication to Tara / AM, Day 6 / April 5, 2024 / HE Garchen Rinpoche and Lamas










2024 EVENT SCHEDULE

UPCOMING IN-PERSON and ONLINE EVENTS


June 2024
*In-Person and Online Lama Chopa and Dharmapalas | June 9



FUTURE IN-PERSON and ONLINE RETREATS

  • All in-person retreats require registration.
  • Arrival date for each event is the day before first date of event unless otherwise noted.
  • Registration for in-person events usually open 6 weeks before event start date.
  • Registration for in-person events closes 3 days before event start date.
  • There will be a few more events. We will post them when they are confirmed.


June 2024
*Summer Teachings | June 12 – 16 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

July 2024
*Cakrasamvara Drubchen | July 27 – 31 | Drupon Rinchen Dorjee and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

August 2024
*Cakrasamvara Intensive Retreat | August 2 – 16 | Drupon Rinchen Dorjee | in-person only | not available online
*Vajrakilaya Drubchen | August 31 – September 8 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

September 2024
*Vajrakilaya Intensive Retreat | September 10 – 18 | Lopon Thupten Nima | in-person only | not available online

October 2024
*Great Perfection Manjushri | October 5 -13 | Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche | in-person & online

November 2024
*Amitabha Drubchen | November 7 -10 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche & Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person FULL / CLOSED | online only
*Teachings & Long Life Ceremony | November 11 – 12 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche & Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person FULL / CLOSED | online only
*Ngondro Retreat | November 15 – December 20 | Khenpo Tenzin | in-person only | not available online

December 2024
*Winter Event: Mani Drubcho | December 29 – 31 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

January 2025
*Winter Event: Teachings | January 1 – 4 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas | in-person & online

February 2025
*Yamantaka Drubchen and Losar Celebration | February 20 -28 | H.E. Garchen Rinpoche & Garchen Institute Lamas | lottery only



Donations

We offer all our live-stream Dharma programs for free. If you would like to make a donation to Garchen Buddhist Institute it would be greatly appreciated. Your donations will be used to help support the Institute in its various offerings and activities for the benefit of all beings.

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REGULAR PRACTICES






SUNDAY PRACTICE
10-12pm & 3-4pm



Garchen Buddhist Institute’s Sunday practices, dharma talks, and classes have been our offering for many years — a way for the local community of practitioners and seekers to come together in love and learning, and a way for the world-wide sangha to feel connected to Garchen Rinpoche, the Lamas and the Institute via livestream. We are happy to be able to continue these offerings online, during this time of difficulty.

Note: This Sunday program is only available when there is not another event scheduled at the Institute. Click our Event Calendar for more clarity on the schedule. 




Sunday Practice with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
10am–12pm

Guided Meditation with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
3pm–4pm  




Each Sunday we will do a different practice on a rotating basis. That rotation will look like this:

*Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living
(Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the living)

*Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Dead
(Burning Away Afflications, prayers for the dead)

*Lama Chopa and Dharmapalas
(Dharma protectors)

*Arya Tara & Jangchok for the Living and so forth.

Click the Texts for Sunday Practice, below, to view or download all the texts you will need.




To submit names for the Jangchok for the Living or the Dead please email your list of names to: dedications@garchen.net

  • Please group your names by Living or Dead, clearly stated.
  • Names are listed by commas or semicolons if needed, for example:  Jane Smith, Julio Lopez, Pham Duc Lam… it helps us tremendously if you list your dedication names similarly.
  • You are welcome to submit names in your native language character or type.
  • Dates, locations, relationship are not included in the list





Please RSVP if you plan to attend in person and eat lunch. We will be providing a delicious lunch by donation, and we need to know how much food to prepare. You can RSVP by clicking here.

Thank you so much. May all beings benefit, and be relieved of suffering and its causes!

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All Texts For Sunday Practice






MEDITATION SERIES ON MINDFULNESS


with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Classes Every Sunday when there is no other event

Livestream Class
3pm-4pm MST (UTC-7)

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ARYA TARA PRACTICE FOR H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE’S LONG LIFE

Garchen Institute Lamas

Every Tuesday if there is no other event

Livestream Practice
Tuesdays / 8am-9am MST (UTC-7)

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WORLD PEACE PRAYER


MESSAGE

from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


In the western new year, those of who have connection to us, everyone please do your best to recite the World Peace Prayer through the day and night. It is good to keep count of your recitations and submit your numbers on our website.

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Click here to submit recitations







PUJA SERVICES



The Garchen Buddhist Institute is pleased to introduce a new program of Sponsored Puja Services. Pujas are prayer rituals which involve visualization, mantra recitation and offerings to enlightened beings (Buddhas & Bodhisattvas). They are performed to receive the blessings of these enlightened beings, to accumulate merit, and to dispel obstacles and negative circumstances for oneself and others. Pujas can be sponsored to benefit oneself or another, for the living or for the dead.

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TAKING VOWS ONLINE


H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has said that it is extremely beneficial to take vows online, as it really shows you have a strong aspiration to receive them! He has also said that the reason you are truly able to receive vows online, is because of the ultimate nature of the Three Jewels — the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings), and the Sangha (spiritual community). This ultimate nature is actually love, which is all-pervasive like space. So if you have the heart and intention of love, you receive the vows whether or not you are physically present for the ceremony.

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[Excerpt from teaching: Fire Flame Meditation, taught by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche Date 7 September 2016. Location Taipei, Taiwan 

A recording of this most precious teaching can be found on the Youtube channel. It is entitled: Fire Flame Meditation (Tummo) explained by Garchen Rinpoche. The Buddhist Tantric master Garchen Rinpoche explains an abbreviated version of inner flame meditation, as taught in the Drikung Kagyu lineage of master Jigten Sumgon (1143-1217)]

All right reserved (copyright) to Garchen Rinpoche, Garchen Buddhist Institute.

*Please always treat any Dharma text with respect. This is good practice. Thank you.



FIRE FLAME MEDITATION: THE VAJRA MIND ~ GARCHEN RINPOCHE


OM AH HUNG OM AH HUNG






RECOGNISING OUR AWARENESS


When we meditate, we look at our mind. When looking at the mind, what are we looking at? We are looking at our thoughts. When you look at your thoughts, there is an awareness that recognizes these thoughts. What is the benefit of looking at our thoughts? We have to find the awareness that sees thoughts. According to Dzogchen teachings, this awareness that sees thoughts is called “the lamp of self-arisen, knowing awareness”. The metaphor of a lamp is used.



BASE CONSCIOUSNESS


The Samantabhadra Prayer speaks of the “lamp of awareness”. To me, when I meditate, this lamp here has a natural connection to the mind. This is because a beginning meditator, at times, might not have any coarse thoughts, and only subtle thoughts – the base consciousness – that remain unrecognized, but arise uninterruptedly. They are like the sound naturally emitted by a flame of fire. This is also how the sound of mantra emerges; it is the self-resounding sound of nada. A sound emerges from the flickering of the flame. In Secret Mantra this is called the “indestructible self-sound of nada”.



THE FLAME OF INDIVISIBLE AWARENESS: YABYUM


When we meditate, where is this flame? The flame is a quality of the winds when they abide at the navel. In this little Samantabhadra book, I added a flame to the image of [Samantabhadra yab-yum]. 

What is meant by the “navel”? In the center of the body, in front of the spine directly at the navel level, there is the place where the winds dwell. It is the navel chakra, which stems from the central channel. Why do the winds abide there? The body was first created through warmth, the subtle essence of the mother, or red the drop. The warmth remains until the life force is exhausted; it is the life-sustaining wind. The warmth sustains life-force. The life of a person depends on warmth. 



WHAT WE CALL ‘LIFE’


What we call “life’ is consciousness that is not separated from warmth. The essence of the winds is warmth. Through the Secret Mantra practices of the channels, winds, and drops, the winds are brought to always abide at the navel. Even Western scientists recognize the benefits that holding the winds at the navel has for athletes. Whether one is Buddhist or not, it is said that the navel is the dwelling place of the winds.



MEDITATING ON THE FLAME


Meditating on the flame is a method for the mind to become clear. In order for the mind to abide at the navel, visualize a HUM syllable inside the flame. This HUM resounds with its own sound, HUM, HUM, HUM, HUM, HUM, HUM. The sound of mantra emerges from this self-sound of nada. When you only meditate on the HUM, the HUM guards against thoughts.

When thoughts are absent, it is all right not to recollect the HUM. There is a natural sensation like this black shadow inside the flickering flame. Even when you do not recollect the HUM – like the black shadow being invisible for just a moment – the flame around it is extremely clear. The shape of the flame remains uninterrupted. This is awareness. 



MIND ABIDING WITHIN THE ESSENCE OF INTRINSIC AWARENESS


As your mind abides within the essence of intrinsic awareness, awareness sees all thoughts; this is the awareness that recognizes thoughts.

And when there are no thoughts at all, that awareness is aware of itself. Thus, it is referred to as “self-aware”, innate awareness. The mind that is completely clear, without a single thought, is the clear nature. This clear nature is empty, and the nature of emptiness is clarity. 

We can clearly see it, based on this outer analogy of this candle flame. My explanation of the crucial point of practice for my disciples who are practitioners, is based on this outer analogy from my own personal experience.



ADVICE FOR BEGINNING PRACTITIONERS


When beginning practitioners meditate, at first, even if there are no thoughts in the mind, their mind is still not very clear. When they continue to meditate for a longer time, sometimes the mind becomes completely clear, naturally, like this flame. Sometimes, suddenly, instantly, the mind is completely clear. This experience will eventually arise.

It arises from the power of compassion for sentient beings, or from the power of giving rise to faith in the Three Jewels. At that time, the mind is naturally very clear, like the bright shadow of the flame. When you have habituated to this for a long time, you will not have any more questions to ask anyone else. You will have resolved it yourself, “I have understood the view”. You will be free of dualistic grasping. 

This is “the lamp of self-arisen, knowing awareness”. This knowing awareness is also referred to as “primordial wisdom.” In the Dzogchen instruction texts, the view is explained as the “lamp of primordial wisdom,” or the “torch of certainty”. The outer example of this lamp is a flame, something that we can actually see.



LOOK AT THE MIND


Those who are skilled in explaining practice should consider using this example in their teachings. Those who meditate should look at their mind. The mind will not always be constantly clear. But sometimes when you meditate, the mind becomes like the clear light of this flame.

Sometimes the mind naturally becomes clear for a short while. When this happens, it is important to recognize it. Once you have recognized it, by habituating it again and again, you will become free of dualistic grasping, free of all grasping. This is called “awareness recognising itself,” or actually “self-knowing, innate clarity”. No-one illuminates this flame here, it is self-illuminating; its clarity and emptiness are inseparable. This is how it will become.



USING THE ANALOGY OF THE FLAME FOR THE INNER MIND


You have to use this analogy and apply it to your inner mind. When you meditate, first, all the coarse thoughts disappear, and the mind is able to abide in stillness. At this point, clarity has not yet arisen. You continue to meditate, again and again. When there are thoughts, focus on the HUM, vibrating with your natural pulse: HUM HUM HUM HUM HUM just like the flickering of this flame.



RECOGNISING UNAWARENESS


The dark inside shadow is ignorance. It is co-emergent ignorance. In actuality, there is no ignorance; but in the Samantabhadra Prayer, “co-emergent ignorance” refers to the inability to see the nature of mind as it is, without any doubt. It is unawareness. When you meditate and the mind is clear, it flickers a bit, just like this flame.



RECOGNISING CLEAR AWARENESS


Sometimes you recognise clear awareness for a moment. What is the merit of recognising clear awareness? As I mentioned before, you become free of doubt with regard to the nature of mind. Due to the opportunity [to use this lamp to illustrate my teaching] today, I gained an understanding.

But also, before this, I have used the image of the flame on many occasions as an example of self-arisen awareness. For this reason, we should meditate on a flame at the navel. The wick of a butter lamp is the syllable HUM. Some cannot visualize the syllable HUM, because to them it is a conceptual elaboration. But what is important is the sound HUM – it doesn’t matter in which script, it can be in Chinese, Tibetan, or English.

Later, you do not even have to meditate on the syllable anymore; you can just meditate on the sound HUM, appearing naturally as the vibration of your pulse. At that time when you vibrate with HUM HUM HUM, even the subtlest of thoughts are quelled, and the natural brightness and clarity of your mind will be revealed naturally. This has helped me to be more diligent in my own practice.

I have added it to the image in the Samantabhadra Prayer because people often wonder where to visualise the HUM. Whether you are visualising the yab or the yum, the HUM is visualised at the navel level, at the center of your body, in front of the spine. On the outer level there are two, the yab and yum [male and female]; but within the mind, the yab is the natural clarity and the yum is the empty nature.



A MIND THAT IS FREE OF ALL THOUGHTS


In the mind that is free of all thoughts, there is no separation between yab and yum. It is taught that yab and yum are indivisible, appearance and emptiness are indivisible. First, appearance is the yab, and emptiness is the yum. Secondly, bliss is the yab, and emptiness is the yum. And when you actually recognise the natural state of mind, clarity is the yab, and emptiness in the yum.



THREE STAGES TO RECOGNISING THE EMPTINESS OF AWARENESS: VAJRA MIND


So, first there is appearance-emptiness, then bliss-emptiness, and finally clarity-emptiness. And to recognise the emptiness of clarity, is to recognise the emptiness of awareness. It is empty awareness – the vajra mind. The very essence of awareness is like the bright outer shadow of the flame. 

Abiding in it uninterruptedly is called “non-meditation”. It is when meditation has become stable. That is why I have added the outer example of the flame [to the Samantabhadra image, just like this clear flame]. 

It is truly very profound, it comes from personal experience. It is an excellent way to illustrate an inner experience through an outer analogy. Therefore, I offer it to my Dharma friends, like a mandala offering. 

Tashi Delek to all my Dharma friends. I pray that the ultimate precious supreme bodhicitta may arise in your mind-streams.

~ Garchen Rinpoche



[Excerpt from teaching: Fire Flame Meditation, taught by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche Date 7 September 2016. Location Taipei, Taiwan 

A recording of this most precious teaching can be found on the Youtube channel. It is entitled: Fire Flame Meditation (Tummo) explained by Garchen Rinpoche. The Buddhist Tantric master Garchen Rinpoche explains an abbreviated version of inner flame meditation, as taught in the Drikung Kagyu lineage of master Jigten Sumgon (1143-1217)]


All right reserved (copyright) to Garchen Rinpoche, Garchen Buddhist Institute.

*Please always treat any Dharma text with respect. This is good practice. Thank you.








*The word Hum means union, and refers to the union that must be made between the [pure] intention (mani) and the wisdom (padme) in order to achieve the purity in body, speech and mind of the Buddha. The intention and the wisdom are therefore one, because [pure] intention cannot exist without wisdom, and vice versa.