upcoming events


 October 13-21, 2017

Lam Rim: Steps to Enlightenment Retreat

Life is full of challenges: work and trying to support ourselves, relationships and health issues. Throughout life, we look to different people and things for help with varying success. Maybe we have a favorite doctor who recommends supplements to keep us healthy; maybe we have a friend we talk to whenever the world seems too much.

Are there answers to these age-old challenges to life? Ancient Tibetan wisdom offers a solution. That solution begins with understanding Karma.

In the upcoming Gift of Liberation series, based upon the Lam Rim teachings of Pabongka Rinpoche, in his seminal book, “Liberation Thrust into the Palm of Your Hand”, Geshe Michael will continue to explain the teachings of karma, in this residential retreat, in the beautiful high desert of Arizona, USA.  The program will include a 3-day silent, personal retreat in the retreat valley of Diamond Mountain to deeply integrate the teachings. Included also is daily meditation, yoga, a fire-offering for peace and many other activities.

gm-headshotSpace is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To Register and for more information please visit: https://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/upcoming-events
This 10-day retreat in the stunning desert foothills of Diamond Mountain Retreat Center will be led by Geshe Michael Roach, one of the leading teachers of Buddhism in the world, along with other senior teachers. 

October 23-27, 2017

Kamalashila 4: Diamond Cutter Sutra Retreat

Join us for the third installment of teachings based on Master Kamalashila’s commentary to the Diamond Cutter Sutra. Through these texts, Geshe Michael will lead us into the depths of the Buddha’s teachings on emptiness and karma. Using the meditative state of mind we cultivated in Kamalashila course 1, we are asked to investigate the deeper meaning of life and 


understand more fully the nature of existence.
PREREQUISITE: You will need to have attended the Kamalashila Retreat I, II & III teachings in person to sign up. If you would like to receive the teachings, please write for more information.
To Register or for more information, please visit:  https://www.asianclassicsinstitute.org/upcoming-events

 October 27-30, 2017

Relax & Renew: Personal Retreat Experience

Take some personal time after the Lam Rim and/or Master Kamalashila IV Retreats to relax, rejoice, meditate and contemplate on what you have learned and how you have grown in 2 short weeks.  Take time for your own personal, solitary retreat.  Set your own schedule and enjoy the sweet and magical blessings of self-guided retreat.

Open to Lam Rim & Master Kamalashila 4 guests.  Cost: $200

Package Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation (October 27-29, 2017) at Diamond Mountain
  • Ingredients for 3 days of simple, vegetarian self-cooked meals
  • Transportation to Tucson airport on October 30, 2017**
    • 10am departure from DM
    • 12Noon arrival to Tucson airport

**Please book your return flight from Tucson airport no earlier than October 30, 2017 1:00pm

Questions? Contact  To Register click HERE

winterNovember 5-19, 2017

“Life of Service Immersion”: A serve and study program

This two week program provides a taste of a Balanced Spiritual Life including: meditation, yoga, study, service and personal time for relaxation and reflection.  This program is designed for students who don’t yet have a strong personal practice, for those who already have a strong daily practice, and those who are looking for more guidance or instruction in their meditation and yoga daily practices.

For more information, please visit our Service page and scroll to “Life of Service Immersion.”


November 9 – December 10, 2017

ACI Course 11: Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Part 2 of 3

Thursdays & Sundays at 6:30 pm. Attend class in person at Diamond Mountain or online via LIVE STREAM on our YouTube Channel.

In 1993, near the end of his Geshe studies, Geshe Michael determined that he would try to make the entire Geshe program available to westerners in their own language. He divided the Geshe program into 18 courses and gave the first transmission of these in New York during the 6-year period from 1993-1999, all without any charge to the students. A high emphasis is placed upon authenticity of the sources: of the many thousands of pages of course materials, there is not a single page which does not include the original Tibetan or Sanskrit text along with its translation.  This Foundation Series of courses is taught around the world, and is available online for free download at The Knowledge Base.

ACI Course 11 is the second in a three-part series based on “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary “Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas” (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432).  Topics include: an explanation of the perfection of patience, the perfection of joyful effort, and the perfection of meditative concentration; the results of anger; how to make a habit of not getting angry; how joyous effort supports the other five perfections; obstacles to joyous effort; obstacles to meditation; how selfishness produces pain; reasons to treat others as well as yourself; the source of all the world’s pain; compassion as a prerequisite for successful meditative concentration; meditation as a prerequisite for wisdom; where you, your world, and all of your experiences come from; and Buddha nature. It is recommended, but not necessary that you study Part I prior to studying Part II.

To Register, click HERE.  Questions? Contact our Program Director:

December 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018

White Tara New Year’s Weekend Jenang, Teachings and Retreat

Bring in the New Year with White Tara and Diamond Mountain Retreat Center. Grow your heart of compassion during our New Year’s weekend Jenang (permission to practice) and teachings on White Tara, the deity who bestows a long and healthy life. Stay for the 5 day retreat led by David K. Stumpf, a humble practitioner of White Tara and author of a compilation of advices on White Tara’s practice. During the retreat, you’ll receive additional commentary on White Tara’s sadhana practices and have time for personal retreat, reflection and renewal.

DKS and wrenches 3David K Stumpf spent 3 years in retreat practicing White Tara’s sadhana, growing his heart of compassion.  He takes great joy in serving others and sharing the Dharma.  David received permission to practice White Tara during the Great Retreat at Diamond Mountain and received Initiation from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 2014.  He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his lovely wife.

For more information please contact our .  Register Now!  

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We welcome a variety of groups from corporate strategy sessions and team building getaways to yoga and meditation events, weddings, weekend programs and longer retreats.    Give the experience of a lifetime, contact our  today for more information.