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.

Guru Yoga 2As requested, Rinpoche will teach དགའ་ལྡན་སྙན་རྒྱུད་ཀྱི་བླ་མའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་ཉམས་སུ་བླངས་ཚུལ། “How to practice Guru Yoga from the Ganden Nyengyu Tradition” (Ear to ear Ganden lineage). This exceptional “Lamai Naljor” practice is the “pure vision lineage” of Master Tsongkhapa received from Manjushri who is directly connected to Vajradhara- the primordial Buddha. Guru Yoga is the root foundation of all spiritual attainments and it is the most powerful life force practice path in Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition. A sincere practice of Guru Yoga empowers the practitioner to receive the blessings of all Enlightened beings because the ultimate Guru is the non-dual nature of all the Buddhas of the three times. It is stated in the scriptures that a proper Guru Yoga is the most essential and mandatory practice in establishing genuine connection with our Guru. Most importantly it enables the practitioner’s mind to merge with the Master’s blissful wisdom which is the pure clear light nature of our primordial mind. Traditionally, this practice consists of six introductory dharma: སྦྱོར་ཆོས་དྲུག་དང་སྦྱོར་བ། 1) Cleaning the room and setting up altar. གནས་ཁང་བྱི་དོར་བྱས་ལ་སྐུ་གསུང་ཐུགས་ཀྱི་རྟེན་དགྲམ་པ། 2) Finding pure offerings and arranging them well. མཆོད་པ་གཡོ་མེད་པ་བཙལ་ལ་བཀོད་པས་མཛེས་པར་བཤམ་པ། 3) Sitting in relaxation and generating good minds. སྟན་བདེ་བར་ཆོས་བདུན་ལྡན་དུ་འཁོད་དེ་སྐྱབས་འགྲོ་སེམས་བསྐྱེད་བྱ་བ། 4) visualizing the merit-field and inviting the wisdom-being. ཚོགས་ཞིང་གསལ་འདེབས་ལ་འགུག་བཞུགས་བྱ་བ། 5) Doing the seven-limbs prayer and offering the mandalas. བསག་སྦྱང་ཡན་ལག་བདུན་པ་བྱས་ལ་ཕྱི་ནང་གསང་གསུམ་གྱི་མནྜལ་འབུལ་བ། 6) Requesting the blessings and dissolving into the heart. གསོལ་འདེབས་བྱིན་རླབས་ཞུས་ལ་སྙིང་དབུས་སུ་བསྟིམ་པར་བྱ་བ་བཅས་སོ།།
Guru Yoga class will be held via Zoom on Friday nights, beginning January 22, 8:00PM MST, Jan. 23, Saturday 3:00PM New Zealand time. After registration we will send you the Zoom code. The class will complete in 5 sessions( two hours) once a week and could run longer.

Please register as follows:

1) Email emahoevents@emahofoundation.org .  We will then send you the link to the Webinar and any handouts.  Please note that you will use the same link for all sessions.

2) The suggested donation is $108.  No one is turned away for lack of funds.  Donation can be made through Paypal.   Or by sending a check to Emaho Foundation, 11435 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85020.

zarinpoNew Year message from Rinpoche.

Tashi Delek Dear Dharma students and friends.  I read a beautiful message recently by the author T.S.Eliot.

‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language.

And next year’s words await another voice.’

I want to send my heartfelt thoughts and blessings as we come to the end of 2020,  a worrisome pandemic year.  I wish you and your loved ones happy and healthy. Please take extra steps to stay safe.  

In April of this year, I started “Wednesday’s with Rinpoche”, sharing with the global Facebook community tools and techniques to develop and sustain inner strength.  Each Wednesday, I’ve focused on aspects of how we can build inner strength to live happier more peacefully in the face of great difficulty.  Each week many of you have asked questions generating good dharma discussions.  

As we learned how to navigate live-streaming, we have been keeping in touch by offering programs via Zoom.

2021 is considered by Tibetan astrology as the year of the Iron Ox a fitting symbol of perseverance, energy, honesty and positivity.  The Iron Ox is associated with carefulness, loyalty and effort.   In 2021 I am looking to offer an in-depth series and life-stream workshops as we continue with stay-at-home while the world begins to heal from the pandemic.

From January 2021 through May of 2021 we will be establishing a matching funds campaign for funds to build a new Za Pang Thang nunnery.  The old nunnery was closed this year when a main supporting wall crumbled and collapsed, making the nunnery unsafe and impossible to repair. I am thinking to launch this project mid-January and run through May when the building season resumes.

 As we come to the end of this challenging year, we are moving into an encouraging  New Year.  If vaccine efforts worldwide go as planned, I hope we can emerge safely from our isolation.

I keep you and yours in my daily prayers.  I look forward to easier days in 2021 with wishes I can see you in person, that our doors will open and we can join together as a spiritual family and dharma community.  

 Happy New Year!


Zachoeje Rinpoche


Lamrim Jan 3The Great Treatise on the Stages Of The Path To Enlightenment 

Of the many works of the Tibetan master Tsongkhapa, 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 it's 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. 

2020 oct. mudra graphicAt the conclusion of Geshe Lobsang’s teaching, Geshe Namgyal will share with us how to do sacred hand mudras. 

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Wednesdays with ZaChoeje Rinpoche.
Livestreaming on Facebook. 

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Temporary Closure

With our community's best interest at heart, Emaho will continue to suspend programs at the center until we are confident it is safe to meet again. 

The Center is closed but Rinpoche is offering blessings online!

On June 4, 6, and 7, join us online for an unprecedented opportunity to receive blessings from Rinpoche in the form of a virtual weekend retreat. See retreat details below.

In addition, on Emaho's Facebook page, Rinpoche is currently offering weekly teachings to help us build inner strength through meditation.

>> Facebook Emaho Foundation

We are also pleased to offer recordings of ZaChoeje Rinpoche's workshops and public talks, recorded since 2000:

>> Treasure Trove

We look forward to a fresh clean start and hope to see you soon. Until then, we send prayers for a swift resolution to this unexpected and horrendous disease that is circumnavigating the globe. 


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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Teachings on YouTube

37 Factors of Enlightenment - May 1, 2016

Tonglen - August 31, 2005 

Video Teachings on Emaho Facebook


Click here to download the translation of the mantra used in Rinpoche's teaching on Vajrasattva (pdf)