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Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute

Buddhist Tradition: Tibetan Buddhist, Vajrayana, Rime with Nyingma emphasis; 
focus is on yogi/householder Dzogchen (Great Perfection) tradition

Description:  Awam refers to the union of male and female 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

Phone:  520-622-8460



Current activities: Please check our website for schedule changes

Sundays @ 11 am - noon
- Meditation Hour (chanting prayers and songs, meditation, concise deity practice, and short dharma talk

Wednesdays @ 6 pm (about 30 minutes or so)

1st Wed - Tara Rito Loma Jonma Sadhana & Meditation 

2nd Wed - A Shower of Blessings Guru Yoga Sadhana & Meditation

3rd Wed - Amitabha Sadhana & Meditation

4th Wed - Dakini Sadhana & Meditation (rotate Yeshe Tsogyal, Kurukulle, Simhamukha, & Troma)

5th Wed (if any) - Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana & Meditation

Saturdays @ 10:00 am - Tibetan Yoga Practice (a gentle yoga for people of all ages) NOT AT THIS TIME

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.


Classes (open enrollment online classes with videos and mentor support, and in Tucson):

Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism (8 classes, six weeks each) - available online with open enrollment anytime or in Tucson (see website for details)

Advanced classes - 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)


Visiting Lamas:
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). DEPENDING ON COVID PANDEMIC


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. DEPENDING ON COVID PANDEMIC