H.E. Garchen Rinpoche June 1-4

The only cause of happiness is love. The only cause of suffering is self-grasping. Garchen Rinpoche



White Lotus Buddhist Center is happy to announce a visit from our beloved teacher, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche.

Garchen Rinpoche is one of the foremost Buddhist masters and accomplished Tibetan Lamas alive in this world today. His compassion, love, wisdom, and spiritual accomplishments are legendary. He is one of the highest Lamas of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is revered and respected by all the different lineages of Buddhism . . . read more about Rinpoche at  https://garchen.net/our-spiritual-director/

The Program

Friday, June 1                                                                                                            10:00 AM-12:00 PM  White Tara Empowerment                                                            2:00 PM-5:00 PM   White Tara Teachings

Saturday, June 2                                                                                                       10:00 AM-5:00 PM  Teachings on Amitabha Buddha and Phowa (the transference of consciousness at death). Break for lunch 12:00-2:00 PM

Sunday, June 3                                                                                                          10:00 AM-12:00 PM  Pith Instructions on Meditation: Mahamudra and Dzogchen (direct recognition of true nature of mind).                                                                                   2:00 PM-3:00 PM  Q & A on the morning’s teachings                                                           3:30 PM-5:00 PM Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

Monday, June 4                                                                                                           10:00 AM-12:00 PM  Vajrakilaya Empowerment                                                               2:30 PM-5:00 PM   Lama Chopa Tsok (feast offering) and Concluding Ceremonies (Katag Offerings).

The Location  This year’s program will be held at Union Presbyterian Church, One Browns Ave, Scottsville, NY 14546. This is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Rochester in the lovely town of Scottsville. There is plenty of parking and a nearby playground for children.


A light lunch will be catered for anyone wishing to sign up for that option. There will also be information at the registration desk on local restaurants.

Please plan on bringing your own cushions and mats or blankets for sitting on the linoleum floor.

REGISTRATION is through Eventbrite: Payment for registration is by a sliding scale donation. This allows people to give what they are comfortable with. Please be as generous as you can! Thank you.


Special Note:                                                                                                                     

  • Students with valid ID – 50% discount.  CLICK HERE to REGISTER                          
  • Some scholarships are available: If you need financial help in order to attend, please contact us at info@whitelotusdharma.org BEFORE May 29th. We will work to make sure everyone who wants to can attend.

Traveling to Rochester/Scottsville:

The closest airport is Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC).

Amtrak Train Station (ROC) is at 320 Central Avenue, Rochester, NY 14605.                  

If you let us know your arrival time and we will try to arrange pick up at the airport or train station.                       

Uber is also available in Rochester.


The following hotels are rated 3 to 4 stars by travelers on Trip Advisor and are within 5 miles of Scottsville:
Beautiful Valley Guest House  $65 to $135 per night [This guest house is within walking distance of the program venue]
Fairfield Inn   $136 to 139 per night
Hampton Inn Suites   $122 to $147 per night
Homewood Suites   $179 to $200 per night
A few spaces in sangha homes are available for out-of-town folks. If you would prefer that option, please contact Sharon Jeter at: sjeter55@gmail.com