Tucson Buddhism Network


Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute

Tibetan Buddhist, Vajrayana, Rime with Nyingma emphasis;

focus is on yogi/householder Dzogchen (Great Perfection) tradition

Awam refers to the union of male and female principles of compassion and wisdom, leading to liberation. We are a Vajrayana Buddhist organization striving to help lay practitioners attain liberation in this lifetime. We focus on the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practice lineage. To help achieve this, we offer programs of study and practice guided by qualified masters in the tradition and facilitated by ordained Western practitioners. We are committed to the householder yogi tradition that goes back to Shakyamuni Buddha in India and Padmasambhava in Tibet, sometimes referred to as the "white" tradition due to the robes works by many of the yogis in this tradition. Many of the great Mahasiddhas of India and Tibet practiced as householders. This is particularly appropriate today in the West, where most of us work for a living and may have families and other life commitments.

3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ (Rancho Center, just east of Whole foods)


Please check our website for schedule changes



Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm - Silent Meditation (open to all, meditation instruction open by appointment)

Saturdays @ 10:00 am - Tibetan Yoga Practice (a gentle yoga for people of all ages)

Sundays @ 11:00 am - Meditation Hour (chanting prayers and songs, meditation, concise deity practice, and short dharma talk


Classes (open enrollment online classes with videos and mentor support, and in Tucson:

Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism (8 classes, six weeks each) - available online with open enrollment anytime or in Tucson (see website for details)

Advanced classes - these focus on Dzogchen, the Great Perfection path to enlightenment (see website for details)

General classes - basic and advanced classes are offered on a variety of topics (see website for details)


Visiting Lamas:

We host visiting lamas at different times during the year for empowerments and instructions for practice. HE Khenchen Lama Rinpoche is our Spiritual Director. His Eminence Jigme Lodro Rinpoche and Yogi Lama Gursam have been teaching each year, and others are also invited from time to time (subscribe to our newsletter for announcements).


Other Activities and Events (see website or subscribe to our newsletter for dates and details):

Visiting lamas - empowerments and practice instructions; 3rd Friday dharma movie and potluck; 4th Wednesday Dakini Practice; Quarterly Practice Retreats; Losar - The Tibetan New Year; the Four Major Duchen Festivals.





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