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.

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Tuesday May 29
Please mark your calendar to join us in celebrating Saka Dawa. 

We are pleased to announce Emaho Foundation’s 2018 annual retreat with ZaChoeje Rinpoche.


Available now! Fifteen years of workshops, teachings, and public talks given by ZaChoeje Rinpoche can be downloaded to your smartphone or computer, to listen to at any time.

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Tuesday May 22

deity Medicine Buddha 520 saveforweb7:00pm-8:00pm  Medicine Buddha Meditation In the words of ZaChoeje Rinpoche: “We all have healing, loving, wisdom and compassionate aspects.” Through the Medicine Buddha practice we invoke our healing power and increase our self-confidence so we can bring more healing to ourselves and others.

Wednesday May 23

9:15am-9:45am  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.
10:00am-11:00am Bodhicitta Meditation  In this meditation we create within us the wish to become enlightened for the sake of all beings which is the foundation of compassion. Together, compassion and wisdom lead to full enlightenment.

Video teaching

11:00am-12:00pm Video Teaching-ZaChoeje Rinpoche 
Chanting6:00pm-6:45pm Tibetan Chanting Geshe Namgyal will lead us as we learn to chant the prayers we use in daily practice. 
7:00pm-8:00pm Rinpoche will be leading Bodhicitta Meditation
  In this meditation we create within us the wish to become enlightened for the sake of all beings which is the foundation of compassion. Together, compassion and wisdom lead to full enlightenment.

Thursday May 24

12:00pm-12:45pm Silent Meditation with Geshe  Sit in meditation with Geshe, watch your mind, collect mantra, or reflect.

Friday's regular programming has been cancelled as we get the facility ready for retreat.

Friday Evening May 25, Saturday May 26, Sunday May 27.

ZaChoeje Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Dzambala.

This is the first time Rinpoche is offering this auspicious empowerment at Emaho.

Dzambala is the deity of Wealth who protects us from hardships and difficulties.

The practice of Dzambala eliminates poverty by helping us develop material as well as spiritual abundance.  Dzambala helps establish financial stability.

InTibetan Buddhism it is believed that Dzambala minimizes and decreases missfortune helping those who practice to not only gain good fortune but happiness as a result.

The empowerment ceremony is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition handed down from master to student going back to Shakyamuni Buddha himself.  Having ZaChoeje Rinpoche, a true lineage master, bestow and explain the nuances of the practice of Dzambala allows us to enter the practice confidently, benefiting ourselves and others by bringing spiritual and material enrichments.  During the retreat Rinpoche will teach, explain how to practice, answer questions and give us his wise and compassionate guidance.

Please note empowerment only is not an option for this retreat.

Retreat Schedule

Friday May 25


  • 6:00pm doors open, check in
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm Welcoming ceremony and introduction by ZaChoeje Rinpoche 
    You are welcome to bring flowers, fruit and food offerings for the retreat altar.  Yellow/golden colored flowers are traditionally offered, however, please feel free to offer any colored flowers.  Your offerings represent gracious generosity, setting the foundation for a meaningful retreat experience.


Saturday May 26

Please Note: It is requested of you to refrain from eating meat the day of the empowerment. All meals during retreat will be vegetarian

  • Doors open at 6:45am
  • 7:00am Coffee and tea
  • 7:30-8:30 Tibetan meditation
  • 8:30-9:30 Light breakfast
  • 9:15am. Rinpoche begins his preparation and prayers
    You are welcome to sit in silent meditation in the temple while Rinpoche prepares.
  • 10:00am. ZaChoeje Rinpoche begins the empowerment ceremony. 
  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch at Emaho Center 
  • 2:00-3:30pm Sadhana practice
  • 3:30-4:00pm break with snacks
  • 5:00-6:30pm Dinner at Emaho Center
  • 6:30-8:00pm Sadhana practice 

Sunday May 27

  • 6:15am Doors open
  • 6:30am Coffee and tea
  • 7:00-8:00am Tibetan meditation
  • 8:30-9:30am Breakfast at Emaho Center 
  • 10:00-Noon Sadhana practice with Rinpoche
  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch Emaho Center
  • 2:00-5:00pm Sadhana practice with Rinpoche 
  • 5:00-5:30pm Evening snacks
  • 5:30-7:00pm Tsok Ceremony, questions and answers 

Suggested Donation: $200.00

The suggested donation helps Emaho Foundation pay for teaching materials, meals, providing for our teachers, as well as the associated expenses of running Emaho Center.

Please contact Melissa Smith, treasure: treasurer@emahofoundation.org  if you have questions.


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