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Daily Practice in the Garchen Stupa (except during teaching events--please check Events schedule below)

Weekly Practice in the Garchen Temple (except during teaching and rental group events--please check Events schedule below)


Events at Garchen Institute 2015

July 7 - 12 (9 am - 5 pm): Teachings with Ven. Khenpo Samdup

The Four Noble Truths, July 7

Bodhicitta, July 8

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma, July 9-12

Khenpo will teach in English

The entire canon of Tibetan Buddhism can be summarized by the Four Noble Truths, which Shakyamuni taught shortly after he achieved enlightenment. They are the basis of all Buddhist thought, and important for both beginners and advanced practitioners to understand.

Garchen Rinpoche has said, ‘The essence of Dharma is the two bodhicittas. Relative bodhicitta is the noble mind focusing on others. Ultimate bodhicitta is emptiness—looking at your own mind.’

Contemplation of the Four Thoughts, whose fruit is the renunciation of samsara, is a profound practice that lays the foundation for all subsequent practice. Garchen Rinpoche states, “If you think getting a full night’s sleep is a good thing, this is a sign you have not really understood the meaning of the Four Thoughts.” He further said that “in order to really integrate their meaning, it is important to think about them every day.” To lay a firm foundation for practice, we contemplate the following: the preciousness of our human incarnation, the certainty of death and the impermanence of all that exists, the principle of karmic cause and effect, and the defects of samsara. Until our contemplation bears fruit, we will continue to seek happiness through samsaric existence, which always only leads to more suffering.

During the days of teaching on the Four Thoughts, the morning will be teaching, and the afternoon reserved for practice and questions.

Recommended reading: Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher, Chapters 1-4; Khandro Rinpoche, This Precious Life; and Thrangu Rinpoche, Four Foundations of Buddhist Practice.

Please join us for these beautiful teachings and contemplative practice sessions, participating in all or part as your schedule permits. The tuition is $30/day (which does not include meals and lodging). If you wish to reserve meals ($5 for breakfast, $8 for lunch, and $7 for dinner), you must pay for the full cost of your meals by 5:00 pm on July 1.

For more information or reservations, or to inquire about work-study opportunities or lodging, please call 928-925-1237 or email: questions@garchen.net.

Ven. Khenpo Samdup, spiritual director at Gar Drolma Buddhist Center in Dayton, Ohio, was born in Tibet and is a long-time student of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. He studied the philosophy of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous Khenpos, including Khenpo Munsel and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok. He taught for five years at Kagyu College in India founded by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, from whom he received the vast teachings and transmissions of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. His current writings include Learning Buddhism: Source of Temporary and Permanent Happiness and commentaries on Jigten Sumgon’s Gongchig: Clarifying the Central Thoughts of the Single Intention, The Supplication of the Seven Taras, and The Stages of Meditation: A Meditation Guide.

Other 2015 Events

Additional events for 2015, with the exception of the Vajrakilaya Drubchen & Teachings from November 14-21, have not yet been scheduled due to new staff hiring and training.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche U.S./International Tour 2015

NOTE: All information available to Garchen Institute is provided below. We do not have any additional information about the centers or events.


June 4 - 5: Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling, Singapore – Dzambala Wealth Vase Puja and Blessing

Website: www.drigar-dargyeling.com
Email: admin@drigar-dargyeling.com


June 10: Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling, Singapore – White Dzambala Empowerment

Website: www.drigar-dargyeling.com
Email: admin@drigar-dargyeling.com


June 11 - 14: Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling, Singapore – 100 Million Ami Dewa Retreat

Website: www.drigar-dargyeling.com
Email: admin@drigar-dargyeling.com


June 26: Drikung Jamtse Choling Dharma Center, Denver, CO – Tsewang Dzinpa Empowerment

Website: www.drikungjamtsecholing.com
Email: drikungjamtse@gmail.com


June 27 - 28: Drikung Jamtse Choling Dharma Center, Denver, CO – Prayer of Kuntuzangpo Teachings & Refuge (6/27)

Website: www.drikungjamtsecholing.com
Email: drikungjamtse@gmail.com


July 3: Drikung Seattle, Seattle, WA – Public Talk

Website: www.drikungseattle.com
Email: drikungseattle@gmail.com


July 4 - 12: Drikung Seattle, Seattle, WA – Chakrasamvara, Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra, Red Chenrezig

Website: www.drikungseattle.com
Email: drikungseattle@gmail.com


July 14 - 20: Garchen Dharma Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Email: garchendharmasociety.bc@gmail.com


July 23 - 26: Gar Drolma Center, Dayton, OH – The Essence of Mahayana Teachings

Website: www.gardrolma.org
Email: sangha@gardrolma.org


July 29 – August 2: Gar Drolma Center, Dayton, OH – The Essence of Mahayana Teachings

Website: www.gardrolma.org
Email: sangha@gardrolma.org


August 4 - 10: White Lotus Buddhist Center, Rochester, NY – Vajrakilaya Drubchen, Teachings

Website: www.whitelotusdharma.org
Email: info@whitelotusdharma.org


August 11 - 25: Drikung Dharma Surya Center, Centreville, VA

Website: www.drikungdharmasurya.org
Email: DrikungDharmaSurya@gmail.com


August 26 – September 7: Drikung Kagyu Ratna Shri, Moscow, Russia

Website: www.garchen.ru
Email: info@drikung.ru


September 7 - 14: Gar Jampa Ling, Haifa, Israel

Website: garchen.org.il
Email: garchen.israel@gmail.com


September 16: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Public Talk

Website: www.garchen.de
Email: info@garchen.de


September 17 - 18: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Bodhisattva Vows Teachings

Website: www.garchen.de
Email: info@garchen.de


September 19: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Chod Empowerment & Teachings

Website: www.garchen.de
Email: info@garchen.de


September 20 - 22: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Red Chenrezig Empowerment with Drubchod

Website: www.garchen.de
Email: info@garchen.de


September 25 - October 4: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Yamantaka Drubchen

Website: www.garchen.de
Email: info@garchen.de


October 8 - 15: Milarepa Retreat Center, Schneverdingen, Germany

Website: www.milareparetreat.org
Email form: www.milareparetreat.org/index.php/en/kontakt?view=form


October [dates not firm]: Drikung Treloknath Ling, Spain

Website: egarchen.weebly.com
Email: garchen.israel@gmail.com


November 14 - 21: Garchen Institute, Chino Valley, AZ – Vajrakilaya Drubchen & Teachings

Website: www.garchen.net
Email: questions@garchen.net