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Meditations & Events




Chokhor Duchen Festival

with Tsok


SUNDAY, JULY 31, 11am

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute

3400 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 204,

Tucson AZ


Chokhor Duchen is one of the four great festivals in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This one is a celebration of the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma. We will celebrate one day early, on Sunday July 31, during our regular Sunday Meditation and Dharma Talk. Our practice will include a short Shakyamuni Buddha Sadhana followed by a Smoke Puja and Tsok Feast Offering. (Please bring a snack to share, but no potluck.) The dharma talk will focus on the Four Noble Truths. Please join us in person (full vaccinations and mask still required ... for now).

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August Activities

COVID is still here!

The highly contagious subvariant is in Arizona. While symptoms are lighter for most, it still kills and has potentially very negative long-term effects.


We are continuing limited in-person and online activities! However, in-person participation requires MASKS: N95, KN95 or KF94. In addition, we ask that you be fully vaccinated, including booster(s). Seating will be socially distanced, which does limit our capacity. Thank you for your consideration.


Alternately, consider joining us through Facebook Live (see below).



Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk


Sunday Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Dharma Talk - 11:00 - noon MST (= PDT) at the Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 204, Tucson AZ and on Each Sunday, Yogi Khenpo Drimed Dawa (Khenpo Dean) shares a dharma talk, after a short preliminary practice and meditation. These are usually given in a series on a particular text or theme. The Buddha considered group practice to be an essential part of basic dharma practice.


Our "Meditation Practice Manual" and may be downloaded from "Resources & Links". Please join us! FREE. The talk videos are also available on


Wednesday Sadhana Practice


Wednesdays at 6pm MST (=PDT) at the Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 204, Tucson AZ, and on practices are:

  1. August 3 – White Tara

  2. August 10 – Guru Rinpoche (with tsok)

  3. August 17 – Amitabha

  4. August 24 – Dakini Troma (with tsok)

  5. August 31 – Shakyamuni Buddha

Texts are available under “Resources & Links”. Please bring a small snack to share for the tsoks. FREE


Other Upcoming Days & Events!​​



  • Chokhor Duchen, Monday, August 1 (Sunday July 31st at Awam, see at top of this page - Buddha's first turning of the Wheel of Dharma)


September (Yogi Khenpo will be on vacation September 5-27)

  • Practice, practice, practice



  • In-person classes begin Sunday, October 4