Phowa Foundation
A Special Project of Orgyen Khamdroling

Upcoming Phowa Foundation Programs

No Time Like The Present:
Mind Training for Dying Confidently

When we read books about a spiritual death, we often run across phrases like, “Live every day like it’s your last.” It’s good advice, but how do we do it? Anyen Rinpoche emphasizes using Lojong, or mind training, in every aspect of our lives so that we can slowly merge our minds with the dharma and become fully spiritual people. What could be more important than using Lojong to train in dying confidently?

Join Allison Choying Zangmo for two days of very practical advice and teachings on this topic. Everyone is welcome to join this online only program.


All are welcome! Please Click Here To Register.

After you register by filling out and submitting the short registration form, you will receive an acknowledgement email and a PayPal invoice to pay for the program. Zoom meeting link will be sent via email to registrants on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Please help to spread the word by sharing this information! Please email us at info@phowafoundation.org if you have any questions.

We look forward to sharing this wonderful online program with you.

Introducing Allison
Allison Choying Zangmo developed an interest in the dharma during high school, and began practicing seriously when she was 20 years old. After a series of fortunate occurrences, she found herself in Nepal, where she met Anyen Rinpoche at the age of 24. Using only fledgling Tibetan, she began her training in the Secret Mantrayana and translation of the Tibetan language under Anyen Rinpoche’s guidance.

Allison has received many empowerments, transmissions and upadesha instructions in the Secret Mantrayana tradition from eminent masters such as Taklong Tsetrul Rinpoche, Padma Dunbo, Yangtang Rinpoche, Khenpo Namdrol, Denpai Wangchuk, and Tulku Rolpai Dorje, Khenchen Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche, as well as others of his main students, such as Khenpo Tashi from Do Kham Shedrup Ling. She also received an unusually direct lineage of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje’s chod from the realized chodpa Lama Damphel,

Allison Choying Zangmo works diligently for both Orgyen Khamdroling and the Phowa Foundation, as well as composing books and translations of traditional texts & sadhanas with Anyen Rinpoche, and spends a portion of each year in retreat. She began teaching the dharma under Anyen Rinpoche's guidance in 2017.

Public Talk: Working With Difficult Emotions
November 15, 2019
Overlook House, 3839 North Melrose Drive
Portland, OR, 97227

Anyen Rinpoche is a master of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his down-to-earth style, clear explanations and sense of humor, which serve to convey the genuine dharma in an accessible way. Allison Choying Zangmo is a longtime student of both Rinpoche and his root lama, Tsara Dharmakirti. She has been teaching with Rinpoche since 2017, adding her insights about practicing the dharma in the West. Together they teach the Dying With Confidence (DWC) training program for Western Buddhists. Working with difficult emotions is a fundamental skill for the DWC training program. All are welcome to attend!

Ground of Compassion: Introduction to the Dying With Confidence Training Program
November 16-17, 2019
Overlook House, 3839 North Melrose Drive
Portland, OR, 97227

We are pleased to announce Ground of Compassion: Introduction to the Dying With Confidence Training Program, a 2-day retreat with Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo scheduled for November 16-17, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Rinpoche and Allison will be traveling from their home in Denver to give this unique set of teachings.

Daily teachings may include topics such as facing the experience of illness and death (both one’s own death and that of friends and loved ones), shamatha (sitting practice), lojong (mind training), impermanence and bodhicitta, the compassionate wish to help all beings attain enlightened mind. This retreat is appropriate for practitioners of all experience levels!


Anyen Rinpoche's book, Dying With Confidence, includes Rinpoche’s heart advice to support practitioners through the dying process. Rinpoche and Allison’s book, Living and Dying With Confidence, offers practical advice about how to bring the teachings into one’s daily life.

Anyen Rinpoche has been teaching Westerners on the important topic of death and dying for many years, and has developed a transformative series of retreats called Dying with Confidence (DWC). The Dying with Confidence training program gives students the guidance and opportunity to master all the skills necessary for a practitioner to use death as an opportunity for enlightenment and to help all sentient beings. This Introductory retreat will lay the foundation for students wanting to continue to the formal levels of the DWC program.

Anyen Rinpoche is a master of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage and the practice of phowa.. He is known for his down-to-earth style, clear explanations and sense of humor, which serve to convey the genuine dharma in an accessible way. Allison Choying Zangmo is a longtime student of both Rinpoche and his root lama, Tsara Dharmakirti. She has been teaching with Rinpoche since 2017, adding her insights about practicing the dharma in the West. Together they teach the Dying With Confidence (DWC) training program for Western Buddhists.

All are welcome to apply! Please click here to fill out a short application. Space is limited, so please apply soon! The Friday night talk is included in the weekend retreat and open to the public.

Also, click on this link for the flyer for this retreat in case you’d like to help us spread the word. Please email us at info@phowafoundation.org if you have any questions.

We look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.

Dying with Confidence Training Program Level I
December 5-10, 2019
Denver, Colorado

We are pleased to announce the return of the Dying With Confidence Training Program to Orgyen Khamdroling, Denver, CO, Anyen Rinpoche’s primary seat in North America. Anyen Rinpoche is a master of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage and the practice of phowa. Rinpoche has been teaching westerners on the important topic of death and dying for many years. He has developed the Dying With Confidence Training program as a way for westerners to transform the experience of death.

With guidance, training, and dedication to practice over time, students have the opportunity to master the skills necessary to use death as a cause for enlightenment and to help all sentient beings.

Students receive guidance and training in preparation for death in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Teachings and daily spiritual practices are introduced which help us to live more fully and authentically, to approach dying without fear, and to die with confidence. The program includes training in phowa (Tib., transference of consciousness at the time of death), wind energy, the signs of death, deepening our understanding of impermanence and bodhicitta, specific instructions on what to do as we are dying, as well as learning how to help others through the dying process.

Level I training is the first of three required levels which provide profound teachings and practices on approaching death with confidence. All three training levels will be taught at Orgyen Khamdroling in Denver, Colorado over a 12-18 month period of time. Once accepted into the training, a firm commitment to all three training levels is required. Each training level is a pre-requisite for the following level. No training levels may be skipped. Attendance is required at all sessions of each training level.

Level 1 Training (5 days):
Past programs have included:


While all are invited to apply, the Dying With Confidence Training Program involves serious Tibetan Buddhist teachings and practices and therefore, is not an introductory or entry level program. Application and acceptance into the program is required. Please complete the required application.

Reading Anyen Rinpoche’s book, Dying With Confidence, is highly recommended.

This is not a residential program. Please secure your accommodations on VRBO, Homeaway, Airbnb, etc. There are also hotels within 3.5 miles of Orgyen Khamdroling, located at 3300 Josephine Street, Denver, CO 80205.

Level I Training - $440

If you have previously completed Level I or Level II and would like to attend Dying With Confidence Level I Denver please make your request via email at info@phowafoundation.org.

If you have previously completed all three levels of training details will be forthcoming regarding a reduced rate for Level I Denver. Please make your request via email at info@phowafoundation.org.

Please contact the Phowa Foundation with any questions, info@phowafoundation.org.