Current Teachings

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

This is a special opportunity to receive the blessing empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni in Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In this ceremony, we will establish a deep spiritual connection with Buddha Shakyamuni. By receiving this empowerment, we can awaken the supreme qualities within our consciousness and find the pure true nature of our mind.

This workshop will begin with an empowerment ceremony, and will be followed by two sessions of commentary teachings on "In Praise of Dependent Origination" by the great Jamgon Lama Tsongkhapa.

“In Praise of Dependent Origination”
Master Tsongkhapa gives poetical expression to his enormous appreciation of Buddha’s kind and compassionate teaching of dependent arising or origination, which is the essence of all wisdom that clears the darkness of ignorance.

All are welcome.

On Saturday September 5th and Sunday September 6th 2015 
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


  • 9:30 – 10:00 am On site registration**
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Empowerment
  • 12:00 – 2:00 pmLunch Break (pot luck)
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm Commentary teaching
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm Discussion session


  • 10:00 – 12:00 Oral transmission
  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch Break
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm Commentary teaching
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm Discussion session

Suggested donation: $108

Nobody is turned away from lack of funds.

**Participants are encouraged to pre-register to guarantee a place at the empowerment. Registration can also be done at the event itself for those unable to pre-register.

Please join us for our potluck on Saturday. It is an opportunity to be with Rinpoche during his brief time back in Arizona and to re-connect with sangha members. Please contact Donna at about the dish you plan to bring.


It's exciting that Geshe’s first language class was such a success. He has received requests for additional classes.

We are happy to announce that starting Saturday, September 12, Geshe is offering three different language programs. The Tibetan language is a syllabary script based on the writing system of the ancient Sanskrit language of India. It was developed for translating precious spiritual texts. Even learning a little Tibetan is beneficial in helping us to better understand our practice of Dharma.

8:30am-9:30am Intermediate Tibetan (Tibetan 2), 8 classes.
For those who have taken beginning Tibetan with Geshe or for those of you who have a rudimentary understanding of the written language, please join Geshe continuing your study. In this class you will continue building a basic vocabulary and start to shift from learning the alphabet, spelling and grammar to developing vocabulary and learning the nuances of meaning. The intent of this class is to get the student ready to study Tibetan texts, deepening the student’s understanding and practice.
Suggested donation for the Intermediate Tibetan language classes is $108.00

9:30am-10:30am Beginning Tibetan (Tibetan 1), 8 classes.
This class is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of classical Tibetan.
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 pronounciation of the characters of the alphabet, basic grammar, phrase construction and useful vocabulary.
Suggested donation for the first eight class series on Tibetan language is $108.00

For those of you who took the first class, you are welcome to come sit in without a suggested donation.

10:30am-11:30am Learning to write Tibetan script, 8 classes.
This class is open to students taking either Beginning Tibetan or Intermediate Tibetan. In this hour Geshe will begin to teach students to write the beautiful Tibetan script. Starting with learning to write the alphabet we gain confidence and will learn to write mantras helping us deepen not only our understanding of the Tibetan language but of our practice of Dharma. 8 class series.
Suggested donation for the full class, $50.00


If anyone is interested in one-on-one classes, please contact Geshe for an appointment.