Meditation & Events


Highlight Feature: The Dalai Lama’s Cat

Starts April 4


We are starting a new book discussion group with the Dalai Lama’s Cat series by

David Michie.  This is a series of playful, easy to read, novels narrated by the Dalai

Lama’s cat! There are 4 books in the series (a 5th due near the end of this year).

They are great for people interested in learning some basics about Buddhism, and

a fun read for all others:


  1. The Dalai Lama’s Cat (April)

  2. The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring (May)

  3. The Power of Meow (June)

  4. The Four Paws of Spiritual Success (July)


See the descriptions at (and please consider ordering through AmazonSmile – see our website). Available in paper and Kindle.


The discussion will include the “story” for that week and the principles of Buddhism featured in the book, as well as an opportunity to discuss those in more detail. The group will meet Sundays at 1 pm (Tucson AZ time – will be same as Pacific Daylight time) via Zoom (at least for now) so you need to email to receive the access link. FREE.


Online Activities

Using Facebook Live: You must have a Facebook account and be a “friend” of “Khenpo Drimed Dawa” or “follower” of “Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute”, if you are not already. Once you become a “friend” or “follower”, you will receive announcements in your Facebook feed. Click on the picture in your newsfeed or go directly to a few minutes before the start time. Please post a note in the comment box to let us know you are present. Times are Tucson AZ (= Mountain Standard time).


Sunday Meditation Hour

Sunday Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Hour – Sundays, 11:00 – noon: Khenpo Dean leads a one-hour meditation practice on, including preliminary practices, Nature of Phenomena Prayer, Heart Sutra, one of a rotating variety of deity practices (Tara, Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha, Dakini, and Shakyamuni Buddha [or other]), a short dharma talk, long-life and closing prayers from our “Meditation Practice Manual”. A copy of the text may be downloaded from under “Resources & Links”. The benefit of group practice is multiplied by the number of participants, so please join us! Everyone is welcome to attend. FREE. Donations appreciated.

Wednesday Sadhana Practice


We have a Wednesday evening meditation schedule! 


Wednesdays at 6pm (Tucson or Pacific Daylight time) on FB Live:

  1. April 7 – Tara Rito Loma Jonma

  2. April 14 – Guru Rinpoche

  3. April 21 – Amitabha

  4. April 28 – Troma

  5. No 5th Wed – Shakyamuni Buddha  


Texts are available on our website under “Resources & Links”. Please join us on Facebook Live.

Free Videos!


Khenpo Drimed Dawa has released hundreds of dharma talk and class videos on YouTube for free! The videos are organized into playlists corresponding to a series of talks or a course. For detailed descriptions, go to our class “Free Videos” page. To go directly to the playlists, go to YouTube and search for “Khenpo Drimed Dawa”. YouTube does not permit organizing the order of playlists, so you may have to scroll down to find what you are looking for. If you can, donations on our page are appreciated. May all beings be happy!

Other Upcoming Days & Events!



  • New Book Discussion GroupThe Dalai Lama’s Cat series (see above)

  • Tibetan Dakini Day, Tuesday, April 6*

  • Tibetan Guru Rinpoche Day, Thursday, April 22*



  • Tibetan Dakini Day, Thursday, May 6*

  • Tibetan Guru Rinpoche Day, Friday, May 21*

  • Saga Dawa Duchen – Wednesday, May 26 - a good day for practice

* On the Tibetan calendar