Buddhist Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist, Vajrayana, Nyingma with Rime emphasis;
focus is on yogi/householder Dzogchen (Great Perfection) tradition
Description: "Awam" refers to the union of masculine and feminine principles of compassion and wisdom, leading to full awakening. We are a Vajrayana Buddhist organization striving to help lay practitioners attain awakening in this lifetime. We focus on the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practice lineage. To help achieve this, we offer programs of study and practice guided by qualified masters in the tradition and facilitated by ordained Western practitioners. We are committed to the householder yogi tradition that goes back to Shakyamuni Buddha in India and Padmasambhava in Tibet. Many of the great Mahasiddhas of India and Tibet practiced as householders. This is particularly appropriate today in the West, where most of us work for a living and may have families and other life commitments.
Location: 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ (Rancho Center, just east of Whole Foods)
Map: Google Maps
Current activities: Please check our website for schedule changes
Sundays @ 11 am - noon - Sunday Meditation and Dharma Talk
Wednesdays @ 6 pm - Mindfulness practice (about 30 minutes)
Videos: Khenpo Dean has made hundreds of class and dharma talk videos available on YouTube. Please see our website for instructions to access the PLAYLISTS. Facebook Live Videos are also available for our Sunday Meditation and Dharma Talks.
In-Person Classes: Please check our website
Online Classes: open enrollment online classes with videos and mentor support:
Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism (8 classes, six weeks each) - available online with open enrollment anytime (see website for details)
Advanced classes - (9 classes, eight weeks each) these focus on Dzogchen, the Great Perfection path to awakening (see website for details)
General classes - basic and advanced classes are offered on a variety of topics (see website for details)
We host visiting lamas at different times during the year for empowerments and instructions for practice. His Holiness Khenchen Lama Rinpoche is our Spiritual Director. His Eminence Jigme Lodro Rinpoche and Yogi Lama Gursam have been teaching each year. Subscribe to our NEWSLETTER for announcements (see our website above).
Other Activities and Events (see website or subscribe to our NEWSLETTER for dates and details):
Visiting lamas - empowerments and practice instructions; Quarterly Practice Retreats; Losar - The Tibetan New Year; the Four Major Duchen Festivals.