Daily Practice in the Garchen Stupa (except during teaching events--please check Events schedule below)
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 9:00-9:30 am:
"Light Amassment of Blessings"--H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's Guru Yoga Practice
Weekly Practice in the Garchen Temple (except during teaching and rental group events--please check Events schedule below)
- Sundays, 2pm-3pm:
White Tara Practice
PRESCOTT VIPASSANA SANGHA SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT
The center will be in silence for the four days of this retreat. The stupas and bookstore will be open to visitors from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, but the temple and other buildings will be closed. No White Tara Practice on Sunday, 9/28.
AMITABHA MILLION MANTRA ACCUMULATION, WITH VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA
OCTOBER 11 - 13 (10/11 -12: 9 am - 5 pm; 10/13: TSKOK 9 am - noon
Registration and group lunches deadline: October 4
Amitabha’s Mantra: OM AMI DEWA HRI
Buddha Amitabha, known as the Buddha of Infinite Light, is considered the protector of beings who call upon him as they experience death and the after-death transitions in the bardo. Amitabha is also central to the practice of Phowa (the transference of consciousness at the time of death). Buddha Amitabha and related practices work with the enlightened energy of discriminating wisdom and the deluded energy of attachment. Through Amitabha practices, our deluded grasping and attachment are transmuted into the clear-sighted warmth of true loving compassion. The ego’s self-grasping demands yield to our deepening commitment to others’ well-being and enlightenment.
The Amitabha accumulation is done annually at The Garchen Institute at the request of Ven. Drubwang Konchog Norbu Rinpoche. He made this request on the occasion of his liberation at the Garchen temple on June 11, 2000. He urged us to recite the three Kaya mantras (those of Amitabha, Chenrezig, and Guru Rinpoche), which he said were the essence of the Tantric teachings. He asked that the recitations be done with loving kindness and compassion for all beings and that we sound the mantras correctly and clearly for all to hear.
His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche has said that anyone who participates in the million mantra accumulation—no matter how many mantras they are able to recite—receives the full merit for a million. No prior experience is necessary to participate.
Please join us at the Garchen Institute temple as your schedule permits, or recite the Amitabha mantra at home and add your daily totals to the counter at the Garchen Institute website, www.garchen.net (the counter will be activated at the website on October 1). You can also email your counts to email@example.com or call us at 928-925-1237, and we will add them to the counter for you. We love hearing from you!
There is no meal service for this event, and tuition will be just $15/day for the first two days and $7.50 for the last day. Anyone interested in participating in group lunches the first two days, please email or call Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-925-1237 by October 4 to see what you should bring.
Ven. Lama Thubten Nima is Resident Lama and Retreat Master at The Garchen Institute. He excelled in his studies at Gargon Monastery in Tibet, where he served as Chant Master and Disciplinarian. After receiving all the Drikung Kagyu teachings and empowerments, he was appointed Chant Master for all H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Dharma centers in the West. He is the author of The Protection and Repelling Drubchen of Manjushri Yamantaka, and his knowledge of the Dharma is vast.
THE MEANING OF BODHICITTA AND DEITY PRACTICE, WITH H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE
NOVEMBER 8 - 10
Registration and meals deposit deadline: November 1
- November 8 (9 am - 5 pm): What is Bodhicitta? Cultivating and Meditating on Relative Bodhicitta, with Tonglen Instructions
- November 9 (9 am – 5 pm): Cultivating and Meditating on Ultimate Bodhicitta
- November 9 (1-2 pm): Refuge will be given by Rinpoche
- November 10 (9 am – 5 pm): Deity Yoga: A Method to Realize Relative and Ultimate Bodhicitta
As His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche has lovingly instructed us again and again: “If you receive empowerment, it’s about bodhicitta. If you receive teachings, it’s about bodhicitta. If you practice teachings, it’s about bodhicitta. Everything comes down to bodhicitta. The essence of practice is about bodhicitta. When you sit down to do your practice, what you practice is bodhicitta.”
“Bodhicitta” means awakened mind—the mind of the buddhas and our own true nature. Relative bodhicitta is about cultivating love and compassion, and ultimate bodhicitta is about the realization of the empty and aware nature of mind that pervades all. Both aspects are the key to letting go of self-grasping, and they lead to the cessation of all suffering.
When we start upon the path we must begin with the pure motivation of relative bodhicitta, love and compassion for all beings. Only when we truly focus on the needs of others and the aspiration to benefit beings in all that we do can we start to engage in authentic dharma practice. This is the foundation of all practice and we cannot progress upon the path without it.
On the first day of these teachings, Rinpoche will give teachings on the cultivation of relative bodhicitta, and he will include instructions on Tonglen (the practice of receiving and sending in which one takes in the pain and suffering of others on the in-breath and sends them love, joy, and healing on the out-breath). This particular meditation practice can be most beneficial when we ourselves are suffering the most. Through the practice of Tonglen, we contemplate how our suffering and the suffering of others are truly of the same essence, and we transform this suffering in our hearts. When we visualize sending out love and whatever else may be needed for other beings to end their suffering, we in turn relieve our own suffering.
When we have unconditional love and compassion for all beings, we start to see that we are really the same. With ultimate bodhicitta, we see that the essence of all suffering is truly empty and that the nature of mind that is all-pervasive is empty of substantial nature and beyond all concepts. We can most effectively realize this through awareness practices, such as Mahamudra or Dzogchen. These are considered the fruition practices of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, and on the second day of the teachings, Rinpoche will give an introduction. He has said that the essence of Mahamudra and Dzogchen is mindfulness, and we can all practice this.
On the third day, Rinpoche will give teachings on Deity Yoga practice as a way to realize relative and ultimate bodhicitta through the generation and completion stages. Bodhicitta is at the root of why and how we do deity practice. We engage in this practice throughout the year at Garchen Institute, and the combination of visualization and mantra recitation can sometimes seem daunting, but from the beginning it is our heart connection that is most important. Rinpoche always says that when we have love (relative bodhicitta) for others we naturally arise as the deity; the reason all deities arise is the wish to benefit beings. The essence of deity yoga is to see all form as the deity, empty like a rainbow, all sound as mantra, empty like the chime of a bell, and all thoughts as wisdom or the mind of the deity. Through this, we progressively gain understanding of the nature of emptiness (ultimate bodhicitta).
Please join us in receiving the magnificent nectar of these teachings from Rinpoche suitable for both beginning and established practitioners.
VAJRAKILAYA TEACHINGS, EMPOWERMENT AND DRUBCHEN, WITH H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE, VEN. DRUPON DORJEE RINPOCHE, VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA, VEN. LAMA ABAO AND VEN. LAMA BUNIMA
NOVEMBER 11 - 16
Vajrakilaya’s Mantra: OM BENZAR KILIKILAYA SARWA BIGNEN BAM HUNG PHAT
- November 11 ( 9 am – noon): Vajrakilaya Teachings
- November 11 (2-5 pm): Vajrakilaya Empowerment
- November 12-16 (around the clock from 9 am, 11/12 – 5 pm, 11/16)): Vajrakilaya Drubchen
Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the buddha of purification. The practice of Vajrakilaya focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and spiritual awakening.
In today’s difficult times, anxieties about our personal life and world conditions can create disturbing thought-forms within us. With billions of people consumed by the same concerns, our shared thought-forms create an interwoven web of great turmoil around the world. This can give rise to afflictive emotions, creating inner obstacles to spiritual practice and happiness, which, in turn, manifest as outer obstacles in life. Vajrakilaya practice is especially helpful and suitable during this time, both for individual practitioners and for the well-being of the world community as a whole. And it is a perfect way to prepare for the New Year.
“Drubchen” means “great accomplishment” in Tibetan and is one of the most elaborate forms of Vajrayana Buddhist practice. A drubchen is a rare opportunity to concentrate body, speech, and mind in spiritual application, resulting in realization and merit to sustain spiritual development in this and future lives. Sincere participation in a drubchen is said to generate merit and potential realization equal to one year of retreat. Dedicating the practice to all sentient beings extends this benefit and enhances world peace and prosperity.
The Vajrakilaya empowerment and teachings are offered, but are not required to participate in the drubchen, and no prior experience in the practice is necessary. You may attend part or all of the event as your schedule permits, and the empowerment may be attended separate from the drubchen.
The Vajrakilaya sadhana available through our webstore and onsite bookstore is "The Daily Practice of the Secret Attainment of the Unsurpassed Extremely Secret Vajrakilaya, called 'The Essence of the Play of Concerned Activity" and a very helpful book on Vajrakilaya practice is The Practice of Vajrakilaya. Both are available through our webstore at www.garchen.net/gbi-store (search for "Vajrakilaya") and our onsite bookstore.
His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyagbon Zhiwe Lodrö. He was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery at age seven and administered it from the age of eleven. From great masters, he received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (Ngondro), the Fivefold Practice of Mahamudra, and the Six Yogas of Naropa. At the age of 22, after completing a two and one half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Tibet. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instructions from his root lama. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, he attained realization of the lama’s wisdom mind. Since 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build four boarding schools for local children in Tibet. Rinpoche, known for his vast realization and kindness, is the founder and spiritual director of The Garchen Institute.
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche U.S./International Tour 2014
July 26 – August 3: RIGPA NEWCASTLE & RIGPA SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- Website: Rigpa Newcastle and Rigpa Sydney
- Contact: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- July 26-27: Ganges Mahamudra Teaching at Rigpa Newcastle
- August 1: Amitabha Empowerment at Rigpa Sydney
- August 2-3: Prayer to Kuntuzangpo Teachings at Rigpa Sydney
August 14 - 17: DRIGAR THUBTEN DARGYE LING, SINGAPORE
- Description: 100 Million Ami Dewa Recitation Retreat
- Website: Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling
- Contact: email@example.com
August 20 - 27: LERAB LING RETREAT CENTER, ROQUEREDONDE, FRANCE
September 1 - 25: DRIKUNG GARCHEN INSTITUTE, MUNICH, GERMANY
- Description: Yamantaka Drubchen (closed retreat), Public Lecture on Compassion, Guru Devotion Teachings, Kalachakra Teachings & Empowerment, Guru Rinpoche Empowerment & Drubchod
- Website: Drikung Garchen Institute
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2 - 8: MILAREPA RETREAT CENTER, SCHNEVERDINGEN, GERMANY
- Description: Dzogchen Teachings: Garab Dorje’s Three Statements, Medicine Buddha Empowerment, OM AH HUNG Breathing Teachings
- Website: Milarepa Retreat Center
- Contact: Milarepa Retreat Center
October 8 -14: INSTITUTO CHANGCHUP, PORTO, PORTUGAL
- Description: Public Talk: “Wisdom and Compassion in Relationships”, Mahamudra Empowerment & Teachings, Buddha Amitabha Empowerment & Teachings, Phowa Teachings & Practice
- Website: Instituto Changchup
- Contact: email@example.com
October 14 - 20: DRIKUNG SAMTEN CHOLING, WARSAW, POLAND
- Description: Chakrasamvara Empowerment & Teachings, Thousand-Armed Chenrezig Empowerment & Teachings
- Website: Drikung Samten Choling
- Contact: Drikung Samten Choling
October 20 -29: DRIKUNG COMMUNITY RATNASHRI, KIEV, UKRAINE
- Description: Public Talk, Yamantaka Empowerment, Guru Yoga Teachings , White Tara Empowerment & Retreat
- Website: Drikung Community Ratnashri
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 29 - Nobember 4: VIENNA, AUSTRIA