How You Can Help

  • Donate items for auctions (tax-deductible)
  • Include the Garchen Institute in your estate planning (tax deductible
  • Conduct an online fundraising auction on e-Bay
  • Help Jacki Elder with fundraising, or suggest and implement your own fundraising ideas and events
  • Attend events at the Garchen Institute in Chino Valley
  • Sponsor low-income dharma students by contributing to the Garchen Institute Scholarship Fund (tax deductible)

The Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley has been made possible through extraordinary generosity and blessings. Now built and available for the benefit of all sentient beings, these wonderful facilities require that the institute pay mortgage, insurance, utility, transportation, and ongoing maintenance costs.

Help the Institute and make a pledge now.


Stupa Restoration Project 2014

Traga Rinpoche's magnificent stupa of prosperity and blessings is now in need of restoration, and we are seeking funds to cover the cost of materials. The labor will be provided by a staff member and a team of generous volunteers skilled in stupa building. The sun and blowing sand in Arizona have abraded the paint in many places, and we need to strip it completely and repaint anew. The photos below show the stupa in its pristine condition and examples of the current erosion. We will be using a different finish this time that should withstand the elements longer than the original. Thank you so much for any support you can offer to this project! May all beings benefit from your immeasurable merit!

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Endowment Fund

The Southwest Buddhafield Endowment’s mission is to serve Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche by securing the future of his precious land and center, The Garchen Buddhist Institute.

The Southwest Buddhafield Endowment Fund was conceived to provide significant help with the annual operating costs of The Garchen Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit religious organization in Chino Valley, Arizona, and thereby contribute to the Institute’s long-range financial solvency.

Our heartfelt desire is to perpetuate His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche’s vision of maintaining The Garchen Institute as a teaching and retreat facility for many years to come. This will allow his beneficent teachings and the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism to continue and flourish in perpetuity.

Our goal is to create an endowment fund of $2 million dollars and use the annual interest income to help defray the ongoing operating expenses of the Institute. Thus far we have raised $800,000.

For a special message from Rinpoche about the Endowment, please click here. Select "Endowment Fund" from the "Projects" drop-down menu.

Southwest Buddhafield Endowment Fund Board Members with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

3 year Retreat Support

The Garchen Institute 3-Year Retreat Program will commence its third retreat in September 2015, which will conclude in December 2018. We look forward to welcoming the new group of retreatants! Both past and soon-to-start retreatants wish to express their love and gratitude to all of you who help support the 3-year retreat through your kind donations and prayers. Your generosity in supporting their food fund has always been amazing, and it brings such joyful aid to each retreatant.

Both Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa have said that the benefactors of retreatants receive the same merit as the retreatants they support. His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche adds that one of the single most beneficial ways we can help support the practice of the 3-year retreatants is to make an offering to their food fund.

If you would like to help support the current retreatants by donating to their food fund or make an offering to the construction fund or scholarship fund for the next 3-year retreat please contact or call the office at 928-925-1237. Donations can also be made through our webstore donations page by clicking here and choosing one of the 3-year retreat options on the "Products" drop-down menu. Thank you so much!

Long-term Projects

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GarGon School Project

Funds for the GarGon School Project are needed at this time to ensure the smooth running of the schools. The 2 schools in GarGon and neighboring area have been built and the school in GarGon now has a kitchen.

Contributions can be made immediately securely by clicking on the web store link below:

Online Donations

Contributions can be sent to:
Pureland Project
5007 Cedar Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Make checks out to "Pureland Project" and earmark for "GarGon School."

Garchen Book Shop & Web Store

We have opened a book and gift shop at the Support Building as well as the GBI-Webstore where you can safely shop for dharma items online. Both support the Garchen Buddhist Institute.