The Bodhisattva Institute - A Kagyu Dag Shang Buddhist Temple

The Bodhisattva Institute began in Tucson in 1989.  Under the spiritual direction of the Venerable Lama Lodu Rinpoche, countless beings have benefited from studying and practicing the teachings of the Dharma, the words and practices taught by The Buddha.

We at the B.I. are very excited for our future in continuing to make the Dharma accessible in Tucson.  With several new members the board of directors has decided to invest in upgrading and improving our center.  Many volunteers have already made great progress in making our environment a beautiful place to practice Dharma. We are fortunate that past donors have made it economically feasible to invest in our center.

One substantial investment remains, the installation of a new air conditioning unit.   Any donations towards this project will be appreciated. Our goal is $5000 towards the $10,000 cost.


The Bodhisattva Institute supports the Dharma through regular practice at the center and special events.

Venerable Lama Lodu Rinpoche to Visit

Lama Lodu Rinpoche will give a series of teachings and opportunities for practice and questions

Next Visit Fall 2024!

October 7 - 14

Updates coming soon

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Weekly Chenrezig Practice

Chenrezig is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

We practice at the center Sundays 10:00 - 12:00 in the shrine room. All are welcome.

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Medicine Buddha Practice

Currently on hiatus. Stay tuned for more opportunities to practice with us.

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Our Teachers

Our Lineage

Venerable Lama Lodu Rinpoche

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His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang  Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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His Eminence The 2nd Kalu Rinpoche

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