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 28

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 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Join us in a meditation on mindfulness, in which we learn to watch our thoughts without judgment or comment. Thus we  lay the foundation to go deeper into self discovery without confusion, fear or doubt, developing the awareness that builds a spiritual ground  from which to live our lives.

11:00am-12:00pm VIDEO TEACHING

on "Dharma without Dogma"

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 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION WITH RINPOCHE

Join us in a meditation on mindfulness, in which we learn to watch our thoughts without judgment or comment. Thus we  lay the foundation to go deeper into self discovery without confusion, fear or doubt, developing the awareness that builds a spiritual ground  from which to live our lives.

After meditation DHARMA BOOK CLUB

An Open Heart by HHTDL, Chapters 7-8

Moderator:Denise Viall

The Emaho Foundation Dharma Book Club is a forum for us to come together and discuss specific works relevant to our study of the Dharma. Please come and join us, even if you have not read the book. The discussion is open to all who are interested.

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29

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.

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30

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 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Join us in a meditation on mindfulness, in which we learn to watch our thoughts without judgment or comment. Thus we  lay the foundation to go deeper into self discovery without confusion, fear or doubt, developing the awareness that builds a spiritual ground  from which to live our lives.

2:00pm-3:00pm VIDEO TEACHING

on "Dharma without Dogma"

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

7pm-8pm GREEN TARA MEDITATION

Green Tara is a feminine emanation of enlightened compassion whose activity of fearless wisdom alleviates fear and obstacles. Identifying with Green Tara';s extraordinary qualities of transcendent wisdom, omniscient awareness, fearlessness, and love and compassion allows our own aspects of these innate qualities to arise.

 

WEEKEND

WORKSHOP WITH ZA CHOEJE RINPOCHE

10:00am-4:00pm Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2.

Relax into the true nature of mind (the teaching is continued, it is not necessary to have received the first week-end teaching)

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.

Suggested donation is $ 108 for the full week-end, but no one is turned away for lack of funding.

 

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