Welcome to Emaho Foundation

The Sanskrit word emaho (pronounced ay-mah-ho) is an expression of joy and wonder, and an invocation for auspiciousness.

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Emaho Foundation is a Tibetan Buddhist center serving the greater Phoenix area. Founded in 2001 by ZaChoeje Rinpoche, Emaho is dedicated to sharing Tibetan culture in the West, supporting humanitarian projects worldwide, and assisting with personal spiritual development.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21

9:15am-9:45am TIBETAN YOGA

Please join us for Tibetan Yoga. There are five postures in Tibetan Yoga. These postures increase our healing potential by helping to balance body and mind which in turn allows our meditations to become deeper and clearer. These postures are easy to learn and practicing will increase their effectiveness.  While teaching the physical postures, Geshe-la will share with us each posture's significance and how together these five exercises form a complete series of physical movements enchanting both our body and mind.

10:00am-11:00am WISDOM MEDITATION

Join us for a guided meditation on wisdom. Learning to understand the nature of things as they truly are, is the heart of the wisdom teachings. Meditating on wisdom brings this understanding alive and makes it relevant to our lives and thoughts. 

Everybody is welcome to join this meditation. The guided meditations are popular with people of all spiritual traditions. 

11:00am-12:00pm VIDEO TEACHING

on "Non-Judgmental Attitude"

Showing of a public talk by Rinpoche, followed by questions and answers with Geshe Lobsang.

6:00pm-6:45pm CHANTING

Please join us. It has been asked of Geshe-la to give a class on Tibetan chanting.

Geshe will begin by taking the chanting we use in our daily practices. Each class will take one as we learn to become familiar with the sound and pronunciation. Chanting holds an important position in Buddhist practice. These chants are said to transform our minds as we turn toward infinite compassion.

We will learn the Four Immeasurables, the seven limb prayer, the mandala offering, His Holiness's Long Life Prayer, food blessing and so on. Because interest in chanting is high, we have scheduled this class for 6:00pm before our regular Wednesday night meditation.

7:00pm-8:00pm WISDOM MEDITATION WITH RINPOCHE

Join us for a guided meditation on wisdom. Learning to understand the nature of things as they truly are, is the heart of the wisdom teachings. Meditating on wisdom brings this understanding alive and makes it relevant to our lives and thoughts. 

Everybody is welcome to join this meditation. The guided meditations are popular with people of all spiritual traditions. 

After meditation: FUNDAMENTALS OF BUDDHISM

Topic: Setting up an altar

Moderator: Don Platon

Emaho’s student-led discussions have been a powerful tool of learning for Rinpoche’s students. By exploring a topic taken from the teachings of  Buddhism, students gain a valuable opportunity to dive deeply into a subject and then share their knowledge with others.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22

9:15am-9:45am TIBETAN YOGA

Please join us for Tibetan Yoga. There are five postures in Tibetan Yoga. These postures increase our healing potential by helping to balance body and mind which in turn allows our meditations to become deeper and clearer. These postures are easy to learn and practicing will increase their effectiveness.  While teaching the physical postures, Geshe-la will share with us each posture's significance and how together these five exercises form a complete series of physical movements enchanting both our body and mind.

10:00am-10:45am SHANTIDEVA'S Bodhisattva Way of Life

Join Geshe-la for in-depth study on Shantideva's The Bodhisattva Way Of Life.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama comments that the Bodhicaryavatara (Bodhisattva Way of Life) Shantideva's classic treatise, is the primary source of most of the Tibetan Buddhist literature on the cultivation of altruism and the Spirit of Awakening.

Shantideva is among the most revered and beloved figures in Mahayana Buddhism.  His Holiness The Dalai Lama and ZaChoeje Rinpoche tell us by studying this classic Buddhist text we learn tools and techniques inspiring us to cultivate the perfection of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, patience, zeal, meditative concentration, and wisdom.

Studying with Geshe-la, verse by verse, we will gain clarity and begin to see how it is possible to make positive changes in our daily lives. With the motivation of achieving enlightenment for the sake of all beings we engage in the practice to become familiar with our minds which allows us to free ourselves from habitual negative patterns and emotional afflictions.

Geshe will share his clear, often funny, insightful understanding giving us a new sense that positive is possible.  With real change we can gradually become relaxed and live more fully. If you miss a class, Geshe will get you comfortably up to speed. You're welcome to join the same class which will be held two times a week. If you feel you'd like more study, please ask Geshe to set aside additional time.

11:00-11:45am LAMP TO THE PATH

Join Geshe-la for in-depth study of Atisha's Lamp to the Path of Enlightenment.

The great Indian master, Atisha (982-1054), is revered as one of the greatest Masters of Buddhism. The king of Ngari in Tibet made a request to Atisha, whose sincerity and simplicity is said to have pleased him.  Nagara said "we do not want teachings that are so vast and profound we shall never be able to adopt them. What we need is something that will tame our minds and enable us to deal with everyday impulsive behavior."

In response, Atisha began discourses that later formed his influential text, the Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment.  Atisha organized the entire range of Buddha's teaching in a clear straightforward path for the progressive training of a students mind. Atisha's work brought together the vehicles of sutra, and yantra forming an integrated whole.
Four centuries later the great Tibetan Master, Lama Tsong Khapa wrote about Atisha;
"Wherever the doctrine had disappeared he reestablished it; where it had diminished he revived it; and where it had become stained by wrong interpretations he purified it. Thus he brought dharma in Tibet into a state free from distortion."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains Atisha's comprehensive text brings together the essential points of the three turnings of the Wheel of Dharma.

Geshe will help us prepare to participate in this extensive in-depth study. In the first class Geshe will share his understanding in clear, often funny, but always with insightful  understanding that will lead our minds giving us a new sense of appreciation for each stage along the path. Together with Geshe we will investigate a four line stanza, word by word. Geshe will help us investigate these stanzas until we see with clearly their purpose and meaning. Geshe will answer all questions helping us find logic and clarity. Each class will build on the previous. If you miss a class, Geshe will get you comfortably up to speed. Come when you have the mind and time to sit with learned Geshe gaining training and techniques that when put into practice will allow you to adopt a new right mental outlook, enhanced with proper motivation. You will begin to find you can live your life becoming gradually more relaxed and living more fully. You're welcome to join to the same class which will be held twice a week. If you feel you'd like even more study, please ask Geshe to set aside additional time.

12:00pm-1:00pm SILENT MEDITATION with Geshe

Please join Geshe-la for an unguided silent meditation.  This is an opportunity to sit in meditation with Geshe allowing your mind to relax from everyday concerns bringing awareness of our rich inner spiritual world.  You can use this time to sit quietly watching your mind, or to collect mantra or to reflect and find freedom in serenity.

7:00pm-8:00pm YAMANTAKA MEDITATION

Open to those who have received the empowerment from ZaChoeje Rinpoche or another lineage master.

The practice of Yamantaka, which helps overcome and transform the delusion of anger, belongs to the highest class of Yoga Tantra. Yamantaka, the Diamond Terrifyer, is the wrathful enlightened form of Manjushri. Wrathful  meditation practice is a powerful  practice and skillful means to transform destructive habitual patterns. Yamantaka represents the insight that fully understands the changing character of all impermanent phenomena  as well as their emptiness nature.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23

11:00-11:45am CHANTING

Please join us. It has been asked of Geshe-la to give a class on Tibetan chanting.

Geshe will begin by taking the chanting we use in our daily practices. Each class will take one as we learn to become familiar with the sound and pronunciation. Chanting holds an important position in Buddhist practice. These chants are said to transform our minds as we turn toward infinite compassion.

Class one: Geshe will teach us the Refuge prayer that starts our daily practice. We will learn the Four Immeasurables, the seven limb prayer, the mandala offering, His Holiness's Long Life Prayer, food blessing and so on. Because interest in chanting is high, we have scheduled this class for 6:00pm before our regular Wednesday night meditation.

12:15pm-12:45pm TIBETAN YOGA

Please join us for Tibetan Yoga. There are five postures in Tibetan Yoga. These postures increase our healing potential by helping to balance body and mind which in turn allows our meditations to become deeper and clearer. These postures are easy to learn and practicing will increase their effectiveness.  While teaching the physical postures, Geshe-la will share with us each posture's significance and how together these five exercises form a complete series of physical movements enchanting both our body and mind.

1:00-2:00pm WISDOM MEDITATION

Join us for a guided meditation on wisdom. Learning to understand the nature of things as they truly are, is the heart of the wisdom teachings. Meditating on wisdom brings this understanding alive and makes it relevant to our lives and thoughts. 

Everybody is welcome to join this meditation. The guided meditations are popular with people of all spiritual traditions. 

2:00pm-3:00pm VIDEO TEACHING

on "Non-Judgmental Attitude"

Showing of a public talk by Rinpoche, followed by questions and answers with Geshe Lobsang.

7:00pm-9:00pm  Movie night with the movie "my incarnation"

 Filmed over twenty years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox (FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN), MY REINCARNATION chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi. The film follows Namkhai Norbu’s rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West, while his son, Yeshi, recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, breaks away from his father’s tradition to embrace the modern world. Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s threatened spiritual legacy alive? Never before has a high Tibetan Master allowed such complete access to his private life and it is doubtful that another ever will. With her signature intimate entry to both family and icons including the Dalai Lama, Fox expertly distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation, and destiny.y

WEEKEND

WORKSHOP WITH ZA CHOEJE RINPOCHE

10:00am-4:00pm Saturday and Sunday, September 24 & 25

Relax into the true nature of mind

This is a unique workshop that will help us to see the true nature of mind, then let go of  the apprehension and relaxing into it. This teaching is a direct introduction to the true nature of mind and how to relax into our primordial Buddha nature from Tibetan Buddhist point of view.

GURU YOGA TSOK WITH RINPOCHE

4:30-5:30pm Sunday September 25

The Tsok offering puja is a ceremony that involves making offerings of food and drink to the Buddhas, the Bodhisattvas and our spiritual Gurus in conjunction with prayers, chanting and meditation. The ceremony is an excellent method of accumulating merit, purifying negativity and giving and receiving blessings. The Tsok offering is important for renewing commitments and averting obstacles. It is a special method through which we come under the care and guidance of the Dakas and Dakinis who bestow completion stage realization. The sangha is invited to bring offerings of fruit, cake and cookies.

Teachings on YouTube

37 Factors of Enlightenment - May 1, 2016

Tonglen - August 31, 2005 

Archived Teachings on Ustream

Click here to follow the Emaho Foundation's Channel on Ustream where you can see archived recordings of Rinpoche's teachings. Available recordings include