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
November 16-24: Vajrakilaya Empowerment, Teachings, and Drubchen,
with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche,Ven. Lama Thubten Nima, Ven. Lama Abao, and Ven. Lama Bunima
Registration Deadline: November 9
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Teachings: November 16, 9am – noon; November 17, 9am - 5pm
Empowerment: November 16, 2 - 5pm (Note: The empowerment is in the afternoon this time)
Refuge: Rinpoche will give refuge from 1-2 pm, November 17
Drubchen: Around the clock from 9am, November 18 – 5pm, November 24
Vajrakilaya’s Mantra: OM BENZAR KILIKILAYA SARWA BIGNEN BAM HUNG PHAT
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 enlightenment.
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. The empowerment may be attended separate from the drubchen, and the tuition is $15. The tuition for the half day of teachings is also $15. Tuition is $30 for the full day of teachings and for each day of the drubchen.
The text we will practice and on which Rinpoche will give teachings is "The Daily Practice of the Secret Attainment of the Unsurpassed Extremely Secret Vajrakilaya, called 'The Essence of the Play of Concerned Activity.'" In addition, a very helpful book on Vajrakilaya practice is The Practice of Vajrakilaya. Both are available through our webstore at www.garchen.net/GBI-Shop (search on "Vajrakilaya").
DECEMBER 27 – JANUARY 3: WINTER TEACHINGS
Registration Deadline: December 20
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Morning and Evening Practices: Every day of the Winter Teachings, except the first morning and last evening, there will be morning Lama Chopa practice from 7:00-7:45 am and evening White Tara practice from 6:30-7:30 pm.
December 27-30 (9am – 5pm): Shamata and Mahamudra Meditation Instructions and Practice, with Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
Drupön will give meditation instructions based on the pointing-out instructions on meditation in Lord Jigten Sumgön’s Introduction to Mahamudra, and he will guide us in Shamata and Mahamudra meditation practice. Lord Jigten Sumgön founded the Drikung Kagyu lineage, and this is a rare opportunity to receive these precious pith instructions from an outstanding meditation teacher. Lord Jigten Sumgon's Introduction to Mahamudra is available through our webstore at www.garchen.net/GBI-Shop.
Ven. Drupön Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the Three-Year Retreat Master at Garchen Institute and Spiritual Director of the Chicago Ratna Shri Sangha in Illinois. He has completed many years of retreat, and his great wisdom and compassion are treasured by all his students.
December 31 – January 3 (9am – 5pm): Ngondro Instructions and Practice, with Ven. Lama Thubten Nima
In response to your many requests, Lama Thubten Nima will give complete instructions on the Drikung Kagyu Ngondro and do a practice session with you for each section.
The 400,000 accumulations of the Ngondro include the practices of Refuge, Vajrasattva, Mandala Offering, and Guru Yoga, plus Bodhicitta. These preliminary practices, along with contemplation of the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma, provide the essential foundation of all Dharma practice. These practices should never be viewed as lesser because they are preliminary; it is actually sufficient to engage in Ngondro practice for our entire life.
First we take refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. As we go for refuge, we perform physical prostrations, utilizing our body to purify obscurations of the three doors of body, speech, and mind. Next comes the meditation and recitation practice of Vajrasattva, the most supreme among all methods for purifying obscurations and negativities, vividly referred to by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche as "the washing machine for the mind." Then comes mandala offering practice—supreme among all the many methods for accumulating merit, and the easiest. We conclude with Guru Yoga practice. Through developing faith and devotion we absorb the guru’s blessings and thereby realize the ultimate meaning of Mahamudra or Dzogchen.
Whether you are just beginning Ngondro practice or wish to reinvigorate your current practice, what a great way to start the New Year! The text for these teachings is "The Preliminary Practices of the Incomparable Drikung Kagyu," and it is available through our webstore at www.garchen.net/GBI-Shop.
Registering for Events
You are welcome to participate in whatever part of the events your schedule permits.
Preregistration is required for all events. To preregister, please request a registration form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or download from the Schedule page on this page. A link is provided to the registration form for each event.
By the registration deadline of:
- September 7 for the Four Thoughts
- October 16 for Amitabha Million Mantra
- November 9 for Vajrakilaya
- December 20 for Winter Teachings
remit your nonrefundable deposit of one day’s tuition ($30 for all events except the Amitabha Million Mantra Accumulation, which is $15) and 50% of the cost of meals you wish to purchase for all events except the Amitabha Million Mantra Accumulation ($5 for breakfast, $8 for lunch, and $7 for dinner).
Please note that in order to reserve meals, your meal deposit must be received by the event deadline; meal availability cannot be guaranteed after the deadline. There is no meal service for the Amitabha Million Mantra Accumulation, but email, email@example.com, or call the center at 928-925-1237 by October 16 at 5pm if interested in participating in group cooking for this event.
Limited dorm and guest house lodging is available for some events—please inquire if interested—and we always have indoor camping ($15/night; bring your own mat and sleeping bag and sleep in the temple or stupa) and outdoor camping ($8/night; sleep in your vehicle, or bring your own tent, etc., and stay in the campground). Please note that due to high fire danger conditions, there may be no open flames outside of any kind, not even the lighting of a match. Please also note that smoking is not permitted anywhere at Garchen Institute.
Tuition for full days is $30 and for half days, including empowerments, is $15, except tuition for full days of the Amitabha Million Mantra Accumulation is $15.
To inquire about work-study opportunities for these events, please email the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-925-1237.
August 28 – September 1: Dri Thubten Dargye Ling
Note: Events will be held at Marina Bay Sands
August 28 (7.30-9.30pm): Vajrapani Empowerment
August 29 – September 1 (9am-9.30pm): 100 Million Ami Dewa recitation retreat
September 1 (3-5pm): Amitabha Jangchog Puja 3pm to 5pm
September 1 (6-8pm): Blessing & Grand Dedication
September 2-25: Drikung Garchen Institute, Munich, Germany
September 19: Guru Dragpo Empowerment
September 20; Heart Sutra Teachings
September 21-25: Amitabha Drubchod
Contact Information: www.garchen.de
September 26 – October 3: Milarepa Retreat Center, Schneverdingen, Germany
September 27-29: Vajrayogini Retreat
Contact Information: www.milareparetreat.de
October 3-8: Drikung Phuntsok Ling Gar, Dortmund, Germany
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October 8-15: Drikung Treloknath Ling, Girona, Spain
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October 15-21: Jampa Ling, Haifa, Israel
Contact information: www.garchen.org.il
October 23-29: Drikung Kagyu Ratna Shri Center Moscow
October 23: Vajrayogini Empowerment
October 24: Great Drikung Phowa
October 25: Vajrakilaya Empowerment
October 26-29: Vajrakilaya Drubchen
November 1-6: Drikung Jamze Ling, Riga, Latvia
Contact Information: www.drikung.eu
November 6-12: Yongkyab Trinley Ling, Edinburgh, Scotland
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