Three Fall 2014 Events – Reservations accepted now

(1) Wattle Hollow Retreat.  Geshe la will lead a weekend retreat at Wattle Hollow from Friday (Oct. 31) – Sunday (Nov. 2).  To register or for more information go to www.wattlehollow.com    (2) Dining Under the Stars Chez Geshe.  Geshe la is hosting a fund-raising dinner for the … Read More

Amitabha Retreat set for Saturday August 16, 2014

Amitabha Retreat, the Buddha of Longevity and Infinite Light August 16, 2014  ~ Land of Infinite Bliss Retreat Center in Crosses, AR ~ 9am – 5pm Suggested donations are $20 – $50.   To register for the initiation, contact Karen at kchotkow@aol.com or 479-530-7868 (please … Read More

Anam Thubten Retreat in Little Rock: April 29 – May 1, 2014

A rare opportunity to attend a live lecture by Anam Thubten, internationally renowned teacher and author from Tibet.  Registration is open now. For additional information:    www.anamthubtenlittlerock.org Public Talk Friday, April 29,   7:00pm – 8:30pm St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 12415 … Read More

Support People Feeding People in Mundgod, India

Leann Halsey, Director for People Feeding People, formerly called Pennies for Partnerships, is active with Tibetan organic farmers in Mundgod, India.  To learn more about her project and support her work, please visit her Web page at www.indiasocialwork.com.

POSTPONED: Refuge Vows changed to Spring 2014 with Geshe Dorjee

Tashe Delek! The refuge vow ceremony scheduled for Saturday December 14 is now postponed until later this spring.   Please contact Karen for more information.  ============================================================= Geshe la will be giving Refuge Vows on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 am at his house (235 W. … Read More

Tibet in Exile: A Photography Exhibition


  TIBET IN EXILE: A Photographic Exhibition of Tibet’s Refugee Nation April 4 at 5:30pm until April 7 at 4:00pm Studio 3 – 3 E. Mountain Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas University of Arkansas senior Celi Birke photographs the story of Tibetan refugees in India who … Read More

Photographs of the Fire Puja and Sand Mandala


Talented local photographer and friend of TCIA, Stephen Ironside, has taken some wonderful photographs of the Yamantaka Fire Puja and Stupa Consecration held March 9, 2013; and the Yamantaka Sand Mandala and Thangka Exhibit, held March 10-17, 2013, at St. … Read More

About the Stupa


The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas is happy to announce the construction of a stupa at the site of TCIA’s Land of Infinite Bliss Retreat Center, near Crosses, Arkansas.   Long-time dharma practitioner Geoff Oelsner has agreed to help initiate … Read More

A Brief Introduction to the Tibetan Thangka


A Tibetan thangka, wherever you find one, sets up a portable classroom.  Typically painted on canvas and bordered with a silk frame, the thangka can be rolled, carried over the shoulder, unrolled, and hung on a wall, a tree limb, … Read More

About the Sand Mandala


YAMANTAKA SAND MANDALA and Thangka Exhibit March 10-17, 2013 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 224 N. East Ave., Fayetteville, Arkansas More information … INTRODUCTION TO THE SAND MANDALA The Mandala is a sacred map of the universe. Its image explores the … Read More

Treasure Vases Available for Purchase


TIBETAN TREASURE VASES The Treasure Vase (Nor-bum) or Energy Vase (Yang-bum) is an ancient tradition in Tibetan Buddhism used to restore positive energy through balance, healing and abundance to both the spiritual and physical world. Treasure vases are filled with … Read More

Items Wanted for Benefit Auction


The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas is accepting donations from individuals or businesses for its annual Benefit Dinner and Auction on November 30, 2012 at St. Paul’s in Fayetteville. Please call Esyule Gamache at 479-601-4519 or Georgia Lance at 479-643-3870 … Read More

Film Screening: My Reincarnation – Tuesday, August 28


A Special Film Screening of My Reincarnation Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm Fayetteville Public Library Fayetteville, Arkansas Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox, My Reincarnation chronicles the epic story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal … Read More

Geshe Thupten Dorjee visits Utah July 20-22


Geshe Thupten Dorjee, co-founder of the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, will give a series of teachings at the Sage Hills Healing Center in Cedar City, Utah from July 20 – 22. To download a flyer, click the image to … Read More

Vesak Picnic – April 28, 2012


VESAK 2012 Ecumenical Buddhist Picnic Hosted by the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas Celebrating the Birth, Enlightenment, and Paranirvana of the Buddha Saturday, April 28, 2012; 12:00 – 6:00 pm; Agri Park; Fayetteville  Northwest Arkansas Buddhists and friends will celebrate … Read More

TCIA Spring Newsletter Available


The Spring 2012 edition of the TCIA Voice newsletter is available for download here. Many thanks to Esyule Gamache for her hard work on this newsletter! TCIA VOICE Spring2012issue1

Vajrasattva Empowerment March 10, 2012


Geshe Thupten Dorjee will be offering the Vajrasattva Empowerment for those wishing to take it on Saturday March 10th, 2:00-4:00PM at Mojo Hot Yoga Studio. Since having taken refuge is a requirement for the empowerment, Geshe la will be offering … Read More

TCIA Annual Report 2011


The 2011 Annual Report of the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas is now available online. Click here to view the report.



The Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar, Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche, will offer instruction and commentary on The Heart Sutra on January 7-8 from 10-12 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.  The teachings will be given at Katog Choling Rit’hrod Mountain Retreat Center near Parthenon, … Read More

The TEXT Program to be Featured on ESPNU


SEC: Stories of Success to feature TEXT Program ESPNU profiles oral history project Tibetans in Exile Today The University of Arkansas TEXT Program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences will be featured on ESPNUs SEC: Stories … Read More

Interfaith Harmony Day is Sat. Feb. 25th 2012

Save the date. Saturday Feb. 25th from 2 – 5:30 pm at St. Paul’ls Episcopal church, Fayetteville, AR. Interfaith Harmony Day celebrates all faiths with music, discussion, and sharing sacred objects (conversion talk is avoided.) Theme is Sacred Earth and … Read More

Risa visits Geshe la and the sanga.

Noted astrologer and teacher Risa visited Geshe Dorgee and the sanga on Sunday at a pot luck event. Esyule met her at St. Paul’s Alternative Market recently and invited her to join the picnic. Read Risa’s account on Facebook of … Read More

Pennies for Partnerships


The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas proudly introduces The Pennies for Partnership Tibetan Social Work outreach program, located in India. Our Director, Ms. Leann Halsey has been developing this outreach for us for several years and it has proved to … Read More

Drive By Dinner to Build the Retreat Center

Save the Date: Dinner Friday Sept. 9th, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Wilson Park, Fayetteville. Enjoy a “Drive-by Dinner” of traditional Indian food. Come to the Wilson Park pavilion — and colorful Tibetan tent — and eat picnic style or take your … Read More

Hear Geshe la’s teachings via podcast

Thank you, Scott Johnson, for recording and posting Geshe Dorjee’s Sunday and Wednesday teachings. We are studying The Seven-Point Mind Training by B. Alan Wallace and Nagarjuna’s “Seventy Stanzas” by David Ross Komito. Find all the podcasts here: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=geshe%20thupten%20dorjee

TCIA Committee Positions Available


The Board of Directors of the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas has established several standing committees. These committees will be essential in helping the Institute achieve its objectives and purposes. Several committees need chairpersons and all of them need members. … Read More

Land of Infinite Bliss Retreat Center Planned


In 2011, not only did His Holiness the Dalai Lama come to Fayetteville, AR for a visit but TCIA also received a donation of six acres of wooded land to build a retreat center  and an anonymous donor has provided funds for … Read More

Geshe Dorjee to give teaching in Eureka Springs


The Ven. Geshe Thupten Dorjee will present a public Dharma talk in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:30 pm. DATE:     Tuesday, May 31 TIME:      6:30 pm Location:   Eureka Unitarian Universalist Church 17 … Read More

TCIA Meditation Retreat to be Constructed


The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas is pleased to announce the construction of a meditation center and retreat area near Crosses, Arkansas.  The land for this project was donated by long-time sangha and TCIA member, Georgia Lance, while the funding … Read More

Thank You!


The Tibetan Cultural Institute is extraordinarily grateful for the outpouring of support from businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Northwest Arkansas community. Without their generosity, many of the events scheduled around the May 11, 2011 visit of His Holiness the … Read More

TCIA at Fayetteville Farmers Market this Saturday


Tibet Week opens with a proclamation by Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, chanting by the monks of Mystical Arts of Tibet, and presentations by representatives from the University of Arkansas and members of the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas. Local musicians will play and Tibetan vendors will be selling Tibetan crafts.

Mystical Arts of Tibet – Friday May 6, 7 pm


This Friday night at 7 PM in the Arkansas Student Union Ballroom at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour will present Sacred Music Sacred Dance – a performance comprised of music and dance pieces believed to generate energies conductive to world healing.

Interfaith Harmony Day – April 9


The Third Annual Interfaith Harmony Day Saturday, April 9,  2011 2:00 – 5:30 pm Parish Hall St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 224 N. East St., Fayetteville MUSIC, FOOD, ART, STORYTELLING, DRAMA, DISCUSSION Tables gaily decorated  by many faith communities with art, … Read More

TCIA Group Seating for HHDL


The TCIA has been offered the opportunity to obtain block seating for its members to see the Dalai Lama on May 11, 2011.  Membership in the TCIA and tickets can be obtained by completing this form.

Mind Training Audio Teachings Available Online


The Sunday meditation group is currently studying Atisha’s Seven Point Mind Training.  Audio recordings of Geshe Thupten Dorjee’s teachings on this text are now available online at http://www.archive.org/details/MindTraining01 Sidney Burris describes the importance of this text and teaching on the Mindspace … Read More

Geshe Thupten Dorjee Receives Omni Center Award


Geshe Thupten Dorjee, co-founder of the Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, has been selected by Fulbright College Dean William Schwab to receive the Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology Faculty Award. The award was established in 2009 by Dr. … Read More

Osher Institute Presents the Dalai Lama Lecture Series


The Osher Institute at the University of Arkansas will present the Dalai Lama Lecture Series in partnership with the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: 5 classes in Fayetteville and 3 classes in Rogers. For more information, visit http://www.olli.uark.edu/ or … Read More

TCIA is on Facebook


We have revised our Facebook page. It’s easy to remember, too. Find it at facebook.com/TibetArkansas. News about TCIA of course will be here, first. But by “liking” facebook.com/TibetArkansas, you can get automated notice when it gets a wall post or … Read More

Rinchen Dharlo to Speak at U of A


On November 11 at 7:30 pm in Giffels Auditorium on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Rinchen Dharlo will present a lecture with slides entitled, “Tibet:  Then and Now.” The lecture and Mr. Dharlo’s trip to Fayetteville is sponsored … Read More

TEXT Project Wins John A. White Award


The TEXT Project, an oral history program at The University of Arkansas designed to record the stories of the elderly Tibetans living in India, was awarded the John A. White Award for Faculty Student Collaboration on Aug. 22 at the … Read More

Dalai Lama Film and Book Series


On September 27 at the Fayetteville Public Library and on September 28 at the Union Theater on the campus of the University of Arkansas, The Dalai Lama Film & Book Series will begin.  The inaugural events will kick off at … Read More