Current Teachings

This page lists our current teachings. You can check out our previous events and workshops using the links in the side column.

Schedule, beginning May 9:
Every Saturday 9:30-10:30 - Tibetan Language classes
Every other Saturday 11:00-12:00 - The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim)

We are pleased to announce Geshe-la Lobsang Chophel will begin Saturday teachings. The first classes begin Saturday May 9.

From 9:30-10:30 Geshe-la will offer Tibetan Language classes.  The first series will consist of 8 classes. Learning the history of the Tibetan language and being able to recognize and pronounce characters, aids us in realizing the full potential of our Buddhist studies. Included in the curriculum is language history, recognition and pronunciation of the characters of the alphabet, basic grammar, phrase construction and useful vocabulary.

The suggested donation for the first eight class series on Tibetan language is  $108.00.

From 11:00-12:00 every other Saturday Geshe will offer teachings on The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment.  The classes are designed for people new to Buddhism as well as the more advanced student.  The classes are a fantastic opportunity to study in a traditional, personal Tibetan Buddhist setting with a revered Geshe.

Geshe will teach and help us study the three principal aspects of the path, leading us ultimately to the full realization of the aspects of renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama says of the Lam Rim;

"Of the many works of the Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa, none compare in terms of popularity and breadth of influence with The Great treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chen Mo), which has been treasured by practitioners and scholars alike for centuries. What distinguishes it as one of the principal texts of Mahayana Buddhism is its scope and clarity. The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice."
--- H.H The Dalai Lama

The suggested donation for the Lam Rim classes is $15.00 a class.

 It has always been the policy of Emaho to offer the Dharma without consideration of cost.  The kind and generous suggested donations we receive go solely toward taking care of the expenses we incur running the center and providing space for practioners and our kind teachers.

Emaho is a totally volunteer organization. Your donations and time are Emaho’s heartbeat.

Please mark your calendar to join ZaChoeje Rinpoche at Emaho’s annual retreat, Friday evening May 22, Saturday May 23, and Sunday May 24. This year’s retreat will be held at our spacious Emaho location at Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, Arizona.

By request ZaChoeje Rinpoche has graciously agreed to bestow the White Tara empowerment and teach us how to practice the sadhana. The White Tara practice is known as the Wish Fulfilling Wheel (Drolkar Yishin Khorlo).

The empowerment ceremony is a Buddhist tradition handed down from master to student going back to Shakyamuni Buddha himself. The transmission of this White Tara empowerment allows the practitioner to engage in the White Tara practice to benefit oneself and others by bringing spiritual and material enrichments.

White Tara embodies the great compassionate nature and abundant activities of all the Buddhas. It will allow us to live a long, healthy, enriched life.
During the retreat Rinpoche will teach and share with us the profound practice of White Tara.



6:00 pm Doors open
7:00 pm to 8:30pm Welcoming ceremony and introduction


7:00 am Coffee and tea
7:30-8:30 am Tibetan meditation
8:30-9:30 Light breakfast
10:00 am Empowerment
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch
2:00-4:30 Introduction on how to practice
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
7:00-8:00 Practice


6:30 am Coffee and tea
7:00-8:00 Tibetan meditation
8:30-9:30 am Breakfast
10:00-noon Practice
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
2:00-4:15 pm Practice and tsok
5:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Retreat closes

Registration closes May 18

Suggested donation $175

Registration is required so that we can plan meals and have Sadhanas ready.

Kindly register online before May 18 with Paypal or send a check to Emaho Foundation, PO Box 1563, Litchfield Park AZ 85340-1563.

Please understand that the option for the empowerment only is not available this time.

Please join us Friday, May 29, at 7:00 pm as wkundun.pnge start our popular popcorn and movie night. The first film in our center, with its huge screen and incredible sound system, will be "Kundun." Tibetans refer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as Kundun, which translates to "The Presence."

This epic biographical film, directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on the life and writing of the 14th Dalai Lama.

The film is a favorite of many sangha members. Come relax and enjoy.

Suggested donation $10. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

White Tara Workshop
Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7
10 am - 4 pm

Rinpoche will teach this two-day workshop, sharing with us the way to use the White Tara practice to deepen our understanding of the Dharma. 

In order to attend this workshop, one must have received a Tara empowerment with ZaChoeje Rinpoche or another lineage master. Rinpoche is offering the White Tara Empowerment and retreat May 22-24.

Suggested donation $108.

Paypal registration will be available soon. Please check back.

UPDATE (Feb. 1):
The total number of mantras chanted on January 25, 2015:

4,320,000 - Tibet and India
200,380 - Emaho
82,021 - New Zealand

We thank everyone for their participation!


On Sunday January 25 Rinpoche, together with our new resident teacher Geshe Lobsang Choephel, will lead our annual Mantrathon with four sessions of Chenrezig practice and mantra recitation.

Our annual Mantrathon is held with wishes for a peaceful year, a year of benefical resolution to world problems, a year of healing and happiness.

The Mantrathon will be a worldwide community event, with practitioners from Tashi Gaden Chopeling monastery in Tibet, the people in Rinpoche’s region in Tibet, monks of Drepung Loseling monastery in India, Rinpoche’s students in New Zealand, friends from Japan, the sangha from Yakima, and friends in New Mexico.

Rinpoche will lead the four-session Mantrathon. We will send out a stream of mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, to surround ourselves and the world in loving kindness.

The suggested donation is $ 60. The Dharma is always free. Donations help us to support a Dharma center and two teachers. However, no one is turned away for lack of funding. The mantrathon will be in a larger room upstairs at the new center. 

It is also possible to accumulate the mantras at home.

Please let us know by e-mail whether you plan to attend.  This will help us to have Sadhanas and luncheons ready.

You are welcome to stay all day, or spend as much time as your schedule permits.  You may also join us from home.

7:00am bagels, juice, coffee and tea

First session
9:30am -10:00am

Second session
10:00am -noon
Lunch: we provide soup and bread
Noon - 1:30pm

Third session
1:30pm -3:30pm
3:30 pm -4:30

Fourth session
4:30pm -5:40 pm


The marathon is a global fundraiser in which we raise money to continue the work of ZaChoeje Rinpoche and to support Emaho’s three-fold mission. Most importantly Emaho’s Mantrathon welcomes the new year with wishes for a peaceful year, a year of beneficial resolution to world problems, a year of healing and happiness.

The mantras will begin at sunrise and end at sunset. In Phoenix, sunrise is 7:29 am and sunset is 5:21 pm.  Around the world people will adjust, following Phoenix time (Mountain Standard Time).

Please keep track of your mantra collection. We will tally and announce the number of Om Mani Padme Hums chanted globally.

Following Rinpoche's suggestion, Jae-Min will lead the chanting practice sessions for Guru Puja.

Jae-Min learned chants from the late Geshe Pal Tsering who founded Trashi Ganden Choepel Ling in New Zealand, one of Emaho's sister centers.

Learning mostly through observing and copying Geshe-la, Jae-Min first started to lead chants during the times when Geshe-la was travelling.

Jae-Mine will be sharing the tunes used for the Guru Puja, one of the regular practices at Trashi Ganden Choepel Ling.

Saturday January 11

Over One Million Mantras collected this year!

Emaho thanks everyone who participated:

Emaho, Bodhi Center, and Santa Fe, NM Center (US Centers) 294.186
Trashi Ganden Choepel Ling (New Zealand Center) 107,597
Japan 50,000
Tibet 1,000,000
India 300,000

TOTAL 1,751,783

The marathon is a global fundraiser in which we raise money to continue the work of ZaChoeje Rinpoche and to support Emaho’s three-fold mission. Most importantly Emaho’s Mantrathon welcomes the new year with wishes for a peaceful year, a year of beneficial resolution to world problems, a year of healing and happiness.

ZaChoeje Rinpoche: Blessing the animals at Emaho Center