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"Our real work is taking care of our own minds."
Ven. Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa
June 2020
(COVID-19 Update)

In consultation with our most venerable Lamas and trusted board advisors, Ari Bhöd’s retreat land will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. We are slowly and mindfully opening Pema Drawa for Ari Bhöd members to accomplish solitary retreats throughout the year. Ari Bhöd continues to uphold our full suite of practice commitments and endeavors to provide as many group practice opportunities to our friends and community online as possible.

Please continue to use these challenging times to deepen your dharma practice. A selection of supplemental prayers and practices recommended by our Lineage Masters titled: A Compilation of Prayers to Halt the Ill Effects of the 2020 Global Pandemic is available on our download page on this site. *Please join us in reciting with aspirations to halt the Corona virus, for the benefit of all beings.

*Your practice and the accumulations of these prayers are not a substitution for common sense. Follow all possible safety protocols for preventing and spreading the Corona Virus.

Welcome to Ari Bhöd the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation. Established by the Venerable Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa Rinpoche in 2003, our mission is to preserve and transmit the priceless legacy of the ancient Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, a sacred culture of peace that has been kept vital and effective through more than fifty generations of lifelong practitioners and lineage masters.

Ari Bhöd’s retreat center, Pema Drawa, is located on 475 acres in the serene mountains of Tehachapi, California where northern and southern California meet. Ari Bhöd’s retreat land was given the name “Pema Drawa” (Lotus Web) by His Holiness the 4th Dodrupchen Rinpoche in 2009. Ari Bhöd’s principle programs and activities include:

  • Traditional Tibetan Art and Architecture
  • Meditation Practice and Ceremonies
  • Facilitating Authentic Retreats and Events
  • Text Translation and Publishing