The Bodhisattva Institute
A Kagyu Dharma Center 
Founded by H.E. Kalu Rinpoche

714 N Desert Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85711 


Upcoming Teachings:

The Venerable Lama Lodu Rinpoche
April 23-27, 2014

The Bodhisatva Institute is honored to present
Lama Lodu Rinpoche's 

April 23rd, Wednesday
7 PM - 9 PM
General Teachings of Buddhism - How the teachings arrived to India, then how they traveled to Tibet and then returned to India and gradually spread to the West.

April 24th, Thursday
Interviews: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Contact us to make an appointment with Rinpoche;

Sangha and Board Meeting (Time TBA), open to all who wish to attend.  An opportunity to become involved with the Dharma in your home town.

Apr 25th, Friday
7 PM - 9 PM:
Teachings on Loving Kindness and Compassion

April 26th, Saturday
10 AM -12 PM:
Different Stages of Buddhism

2 PM - 4 PM:
The Five Buddha Families

April 27th, Sunday
10 AM -12 PM:
Method and Wisdom

2 PM - 4 PM:
Four Arm Chenrezig Practice

Suggested donation of $10-15 per teaching session. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Volunteers needed to set up and host teachings.

For more information please contact:
Peter Schlee  520-603-0547 or 
or to leave a message at the BI, call: 520-325-2272

Books for Study:

The Torch of Certainty

by Jamgon Kongtrul

The Great Path of Awakening

by Jamgon Kongtrul

Watch Lama Lodo's Message to youth:

The Karmapa described Lama as, "a Lama who has highly developed his inner practice." 

Lama Lodu is the long time spiritual director of the Bodhisattva Institute. People should not miss this chance to get these teachings directly and make a meaningful connection with Rinpoche.

About Lama Lodu Rinpoche

Lama Lodu Rinpoche arrived in the United States in 1976, sent here by the command of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche to be their representative and give Dharma teachings in the West. Since that time, Rinpoche has been here in United States teaching and guiding Westerners of all multiple different races, with many of them following him for 20, 30 and 40 years. A number of them wishing to deepen their practice, entered the serious Kagyu tradition of Vajrayana Three Year Retreat. Rinpoche has graduated a number of Westerners in this tradition, some of whom have assisted him in the KDK Dharma center, and some of them teaching in different centers here in the United States.

Rinpoche has multiple centers branched out from KDK in San Francisco, founded either by himself or by his own root guru, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, and he visits these centers every year to give teachings, answer their questions and make sure they have everything they need to advance their practice.

Those people who come into contact with Rinpoche are greatly benefited and treasure this connection. Whether they are young, middle age or old aged, people of all different ages and levels of spiritual practice know that his teachings and guidance brings meaning and happiness into their lives. Many of them have strong mental afflictions and emotions, experiencing disharmony in their family or great frustration with the situation of this world with it's conflicting leaders and wars. However, with Rinpoche's teachings as well as his kindness and loving wisdom energy, they gain insight to find a different way to view their problems and most people can get peace and happiness in their life.

As everyone has shifting mental levels, some of these students continually put Rinpoche's teachings into practice and stabilize their life, and some of them receive immediate benefit at the moment of Rinpoche's teachings and then revert back to their habitual patterns, but still benefit due to the seeds of Dharma that have been planted in their mind.

Chenrezig Practice
Sundays 10am
in the Shrine Room

What is Chenrezig practice?

In his great compassion the Buddha also emanated
as Chenrezig, a form of the bodhisattva
Avalokiteshvara. Practices such as the Chenrezig and Tara sadhanas can be approached by someone leading an ordinary life, and the Chenrezig meditation is uncommon both in the ease of its performance and the blessing that it bestows. It too is development stage practice, and regardless of which yidam is practiced, this practice is important because in it we work with our attachment to "I" or "I am." As long as we have the idea "I am my body," we cannot obtain Buddhahood. The Vajrayana teaches precise and skillful methods to transcend or abandon this clinging, and all of these involve changing one's attachment to physical existence.

Instead of conceiving of oneself in an ordinary body, one visualizes oneself as Chenrezig. For example, one thinks, "I am Chenrezig, my form is that of Chenrezig." However, one does not think of the deity's body as solid or material, made of flesh and blood like one's ordinary body, or made of metal or stone like an idol. One thinks of it as appearance that is inseparable from emptiness, like a rainbow or like a reflection in a mirror. Although the visualization of oneself as Chenrezig is a mental attitude, it has been said that one's attitude can change phenomena. This means that if one maintains, over a period of time, the conviction that one is the deity, one will eventually become the deity.


Taken from a teaching given by Kalu Rinpoche titled "Following in the Footsteps of the Great Kagyu Forefathers," given at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra on the weekend of October 24, 1986. It was translated by LamaYeshe Gyamtso and edited by Sally Clay.

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