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February Activities


Tibetan New Year

Year of the Water Rabbit


Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute

3400 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 204,

Tucson AZ


We begin with Gurkhukma Vajrakilaya practice on Sunday, February 19 at 11 am to prepare for the new year . This is a purification practice and includes a simple Tsok or Ganachakra food feast offering. Vajrakilaya is the embodiment of powerful compassion of buddhas and is particularly known for removing outer and inner obstacles to spiritual practice.


LOSAR is our festival celebration of the Tibetan New Year, Year of the Water Rabbit! We will celebrate on Tuesday evening, February 21 at 6pm with a Smoke Puja and potluck Ganachakra food feast offering. Please bring a dish to share for our feast!

Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

(Masks Recommended for In-Person sessions)


Sunday Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Dharma Talk - 11:00 - noon MST at the Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 204, Tucson AZ and on Each Sunday, after a short preliminary practice and meditationYogi Khenpo Drimed Dawa (Khenpo Dean) shares a dharma talk. These are usually given in a series on a particular text or theme. The current theme is basics of Buddhist thought and practice as articulated in the beloved text The Dharmapada. The Buddha considered group practice to be an essential part of basic dharma practice. Please join us!


Our "Meditation Practice Manual" may be downloaded from "Resources & Links". FREE. The recordings are also available on


NEW - Wednesday Mindfulness Practice


Wednesdays at 6pm MST (about 30 minutes) at the Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 204, Tucson AZ., (These will no longer be on Facebook Live as the meditation focus of these sessions is not suitable for online broadcast.)

Sessions will include brief instructions followed by a set of 5-minute meditations with opportunities to ask questions. These practices are suitable for secular use as well, and we welcome anyone interested in learning to meditate. FREE

Other Upcoming Days & Events!​​


Later this spring we are planning to begin our "advanced" Dzogchen curriculum of 9 classes in person.


Yogi Khenpo Dean has just published a new book - A Yogi's Book of Notes: Thoughts About Buddhism and It's Practices (paperback and Kindle), now available at Amazon. See "Read a Book" for more information.


In addition, HH Khenchen Lama Rinpoche and Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam are interested in coming to Tucson after long gaps due to Covid. We hope to schedule teachings with both of them in 2023.


Finally, we have not been able to have residential retreat in some time due to Covid, so we will be looking for such an opportunity some time this next year as well.


  • Valentine's DayFebruary 14 (Metta Meditation)

  • Vajrakilaya Practice - preparation for Losar FestivalSunday, February 19, 11am with Tsok

  • Losar - Tibetan New Year FestivalTuesday, February 21, 6pm with Puja and Tsok



  • Chotrul Duchen, Tuesday, March 7, 6pm, sadhana practice with Puja & Tsok



  • Easter, April 9.

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