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"Our real work is taking care of our own minds."
Ven. Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa

JUNE 2022
(COVID-19 Update)

In consultation with our most venerable Lamas and trusted board advisors, Ari Bhöd’s retreat land Pema Drawa is now open again. Ari Bhöd members and guests may schedule solitary retreats throughout the upcoming year and with safety protocols in place, we are currently allowing for group event participation. Personal visits are by RSVP only. Guests may be required to show proof of: Vaccination, negative PCR COVID test OR negative FDA authorized antigen test within 48 hours of arrival. 

Ari Bhöd continues to uphold our full suite of practice commitments. We endeavor to provide as many group practice opportunities to our friends and community online via Zoom and in person as safety and schedules permit. We encourage everyone to continue making the most of these times by deepening 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 COVID-19, 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 COVID-19.


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