Welcome to Drikung Namgyal Ling – Drikung Kagyu Buddhist Center

Welcome to Drikung Namgyal Ling and our Drikung Kagyu Center situated right outside of Tucson, in Sahuarita Arizona. We are a devoted but casual and friendly group.  We welcome newcomers and practitioners of all levels.

Upcoming Drikung Kagyu Events


Drikung Kagyu Tucson Events
Missed our teachings on Impermanence with Drupon Thinley Ningpo or The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena with Khenpo Yeshi, or simply want to experience it again? Now available on our Youtube Channel.

Drikung Kagyu Online Teachings & Practices

  • Garchen Buddhist Institute — Chino Valley, AZ
    Summer Teachings (virtual) with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas, July 11th – 19th
    Live Streaming and Recordings
  • Ratna Shri Sangha — Chicago, IL
    On-Going Virtual Teachings with Drupon Rinchen Dorje
    For More Information


Urgent Message from the DNL Board

Dear Dharma Sisters and Brothers,

When we hear statements like “there is no other buddha than your own mind” or “everything is naturally occurring realm of bliss”, do we really take them seriously?  The opportunity to realize these truths for ourselves — in this life — is the most profound and important gift possible.

We have all of the favorable conditions in place, as a Buddha has appeared to bless this fortunate era, and our precious authentic Drikung Kagyu teachers have appeared to teach us the dharma face-to-face.  Since 2004, Drikung Namgyal Ling has tirelessly hosted these great teachers. Finally in 2015, we could host them in our own dharma center, a proper refuge for the dharma community, where we receive teachings, practice and pray, and enjoy multi-day drupchens and retreats in relative seclusion.

Without your help, right now, our beloved dharma center will be forced to close this summer. 

We rarely, if ever, ask for your help in this way, but that should underscore the urgency of the issue. Our dear Drikung Namgyal Ling Buddhist Center in Sahuarita has not escaped the impact of the pandemic. In closing our doors until it is safe to gather together again, we have also closed off vital revenue.

What we are asking for is your membership. Membership is the key.

Membership allows us the stability to keep the doors open month after month, and rely less on the event revenue, which is unpredictable.  Membership levels vary from $5 per month up to $125 per month.

Our monthly expenses have recently increased, substantially, to a minimum total of $1,878 per month, which covers the monthly costs of:

  • Rent for the dharma center
  • Power
  • Utilities
  • Drupon’s car and insurance
  • Event insurance
  • Landscaping
  • Lama care (when events in progress)
  • Digital services and printing of sadhanas and flyers for events

If only 15 members donating $125/month, all of these expenses would be covered. The same would be true with only 37 members at $50/month, or 74 members at $25/month, or 125 at $15 per month, and 375 members at $5/month.  While we are deeply grateful to our current membership, and could not survive without them, more members are needed. 

Any contribution, whether a membership or donation, makes a difference, a true act of loving kindness and compassion. To track the progress of our membership, please visit Save Our Precious Buddafield

In the end, for less than $2,000 per month, we as a community can keep and maintain our own dharma center.  When this pandemic is over, you will want to know that the center is there for you — and for future generations.

The following membership levels are available:

Level Donation Teaching Discount  Store Discount Voting Rights
Friend $5 per mo. /
$60 yearly
10% NA
General $15 per mo. /
$180 yearly
15% 10%
Supporting $25 per mo. /
$300 yearly
25% 15%
Sustaining $50 per mo. /
$600 yearly
50% 20%
Foundation $125 per mo./
$1500 yearly
100% 25%

For questions please contact our membership director, Juan Fajardo, , 520.343.5748.

Many Blessings,
The Board of Directors for Drikung Namgyal Ling
Drupon Thinley Ningpo
Brennan Washburn
Anne Danowitz
Mihaela Marin
Juan Fajardo
Frank Cole

Upcoming Events

* Tentative Virtual Schedule *

    • August 2020 – Dzogchen Teachings with Khenpo Yeshi
    • September 2020 – Nyungye Retreat with Drupon Rinchen Dorje
    • October 2020 – Teachings and Practices with Drupon Thinley Ningpo

Weekly Practice Schedule


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Our center depends on the kindness and generosity of the community.  We would not be in existence without it.  Please consider joining our membership program.  Just $5 or $10 a month makes such a difference and will allow us to continue to bring these authentic and wonderful teachers right to our backyard.  Join our membership here:
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Your membership contributions directly support the efforts of Drikung Namgyal Ling in supporting the Dharma.

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Shantideva Teachings with Khenchen Könchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche

January 27th, 2021 --Use Zoom password 4DG

Yamantaka Retreat ONLINE

February 6th - 11th, 2021

2021 Winter Retreat & Teachings with Drupon Thinley Ningpo and very special guest, Khenpo Yeshi

February 6th - 14th, 2021 -- Use Zoom password ACHI108**

Track the progress of our membership campaign:

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Brief History of Drikung Namgyal Ling


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Our Location

1135 W Twin Buttes Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629