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COMPASSION


What need is there for many words? 
The children of the world
Work for their own sake; 
The able Buddhas do their labor
For the sake of others— 
Come and see the difference.


-Master Shantideva

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COMPASSION


What need is there for many words? 
The children of the world
Work for their own sake; 
The able Buddhas do their labor
For the sake of others— 
Come and see the difference.


-Master Shantideva

Asian Classics Institute Makes the foundationAL, profound, and transformationAl teachings of the Buddha available to the world

Stewards of classical Asian traditions in the lineage of Je Tsongkapa. We train teachers; produce teaching events; archive original works, translations, and recordings of teachings; and distribute this material worldwide

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Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events


 
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Gift Of Liberation: The Four Flowers
October 13-21, 2017
Diamond Mountain, Arizona

We will continue with our Gift of Liberation series, which is based upon the Lam Rim teachings of Pabongka Rinpoche, in his seminal book, "Liberation Thrust into the Palm of Your Hand". Geshe Michael will further the teachings of karma in this residential retreat, in the beautiful high desert of Arizona, USA.

The program will include a 2 and a half 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.

Master Kamalashila Part IV
Dreams & Lightning
Oct 23-27, 2017
Diamond Mountain, AZ

In this final course of Master Kamalashila: Meditations on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, Geshe Michael Roach teaches the deepest meanings of ultimate reality and how to reach those states using a series of meditations from Master Kamalashila's commentary. Each meditation is designed to increase and stabilize our understanding, step-by-step.

This program is designed to inspire deep practice and contemplation. Each day, Geshe Michael will teach one class early in the morning, with healthy juices and food for a clear mind. Then, for the rest of the day, each participant will practice on their own in the solitude and beauty of the high desert of Arizona.

 
 

Swimming Past the 6 Problems of Life
December 8-15, 2017
Thailand

For the second year, we return to Thailand for another installment of the Gift of Liberation series, which is based upon the Lam Rim teachings of Pabongka Rinpoche, in his seminal book, "Liberation Thrust into the Palm of Your Hand". At this retreat on the stunning beaches of Thailand, Geshe Michael Roach will teach us how to identify the six majors problems that most people experience at one time or another, and the how to finally end them.

DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

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Programs


Programs


Teacher Training 2018

The ACI teacher training will be a focussed program covering the 18 ACI foundation courses, with emphasis on teaching methods, program production, effective communication, and relationship with students.  The first one will be scheduled in 2018. 

Translation 

More than 200,000 pages of brilliant commentary have been composed by masters and scholars in the Tibetan language. The aim of this project is to create and guide a team of students to translate these great classics. We’re beginning by translating into English, and from there, the work will be easily translated into modern Chinese, Spanish, German, Russian and many other languages.

Digital Archives

The digital archives is an active collection of audio and video recordings of teachings by Geshe Michael Roach and his teachers, along with his translations and commentaries on scriptures created by the great masters of Buddhism.  All of this material is accompanied by the original Tibetan and is freely available for download on this website and on our sister site, The Knowledge Base.

Community Outreach

ACI's mission also includes putting the teachings into practice and taking them out into our communities to directly serve others. In Arizona, there are many immigrants who struggle to make a living and to have access to education ACI supports programs to help the children of immigrants, with language instruction, funding for higher education initiatives and other support programs in underserved communities.

Foreign study 

Since 2004, the Foreign Study Program, started by Geshe Michael Roach,  has sent over 50 students to a number of institutions abroad to study Tibetan language, culture, and religion. Previous participants are now active translating and teaching this material.  Students who cannot afford to go receive scholarships for airfare as well as for room and board.

Scholarships 

Our goal is to make the teachings accessible to everyone, regardless of financial capacity.  Each year, we support many students on full and partial scholarships. Up to 25% of the participants in our programs are on one of the many types of grants we offer.

 

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Get Involved