937-244-1961 | 1570 S. 1st Avenue, suite I, Iowa City, IA 52240 | sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Special Events 2018



His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a rare and precious teacher. We encourage all our sangha friends to make a connection with him by attending teachings in Dayton or Chicago. Naomi and Ellen Marie can help you make preparations for these retreats.~sangha@milarepaiowa.org

MAY 4-20, 2018: Gar Drolma Buddhist Center, Dayton Ohio

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone in the Iowa area to join us as we travel to Gar Drolma Buddhist Center in Dayton, Ohio to receive teachings from His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche this May. There are several of us who will attend this event. Ellen Marie and Naomi, of the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa – were the lay founders of Gar Drolma Center.  EVERYONE WELCOME!

EVENT LOCATION:  Gar Drolma Buddhist Center, Dayton Ohio
EVENT SCHEDULE: Please click here to refer to the Gar Drolma website for complete information

May 4. 5, 6
Achi Chokyi Drolma Empowerment
Achi Chokyi Drolma Teaching and Practice
Amitabha Practice and Jang Chog Ritual

May 10, 11, 12,13
Wrathful Padmasambava Empowerment
Pith Instructions

May 17, 18, 19, 20
Pith Instructions

MAY 25-27, 2018: Chicago Ratna Shri, Chicago Illinois

Friday:  Empower of Vajrapani, Hayagriva, Garuda Combined
Saturday:  Five-Fold Path Mahamudra
Sunday:  White Tara Empowerment and Refuge for those that would like to take Buddhist Refuge Vows with Garchen Rinpoche.

Detailed information available here:

Past Events


October, 2017: In October we moved Milarepa Buddhist Center to our present location on 1st Ave. in Iowa City.

September, 2017: Retreat with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche: Compassionate Mind, Heart of Peace. Rinpoche’s visit included a Green Tara Empowerment & teachings as well as an Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Teachings on the Nature of Mind.

May, 2017: In May we co-hosted a One-Dharma picnic along with the Iowa City Zen Center and Iowa City Sangha (now Winding Path Sangha).

April, 2017: In April we hosted a spring retreat with Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche. At this time Khenpo offered teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend.  In addition, Khenpo offered an empowerment for the Ten Dharma Activities: 1. Writing Dharma texts / 2. Practicing offering to Buddha Dharma Sanghas / 3. Practicing Generosity for the Buddha’s teachings / 4. Listening to Dharma teachings / 5. Reading Dharma texts such as Sutras and Tantras / 6. Taking Dharma transmissions from Masters/ 7. Giving Dharma teachings / 8. Practicing Dharma in our daily life / 9. Contemplating perfect Dharma / 10. Meditating Perfect Dharma. We practiced Shamata meditation with Khenpo as well as Chenrezig Meditation.

February, 2017: In February we co-hosted a One-Dharma vegetarian potluck at our center.

January, 2017: We hosted a winter retreat with Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche which included a Medicine Buddha empowerment as well as teachings on Medicine Buddha practice, teachings on the Four Immeasurables and on the Four Seals. At the end of this retreat Khenpo instructed us in torma making and how to set up a personal shrine.



October, 2016: In October Drupon Rinchen Dorje offered a White Tara Empowerment, White Tara Teachigns & Practice and Teachings on the Life of Milarepa.

October, 2016: Milarepa Buddhist center was established.

April, 2016: Khenchen Konchok Gyaltshen Rinpoche on the topic Loving Kindness and Compassion: The Source of All Happiness and Joy. In addition Khenchen gave a two-day teaching on The Display of Discursive Thought & the Natural Radiance of Awareness.



September, 2014:   Khenpo Samdup was the first teacher that we hosted in Iowa City. Khenpo taught on the following topics:  Introduction to Buddhism, What is Buddha Nature?, Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation and Individual Meditation Instruction.