The Tergar Meditation Community, founded by the respected Dharma teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, has announced a special online retreat led by Rinpoche under the theme Mind of a Bodhisattva: Practicing Emptiness in Everyday Life with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
Running from 17–20 June, the retreat will offer participants transformative ways for viewing oneself and the world as they truly are. Over the course of the four days, retreatants will learn about elements of the bodhisattva path, connecting with our intrinsic transcendent wisdom, as well as practicing analytical and resting styles of meditation.
“At the heart of the bodhisattva path is wisdom that realizes emptiness. This wisdom is non-dual, transcending the habitual patterns of identifying the world or oneself as inherently real and solid,” the Tergar Meditation Community shared with BDG. “During this retreat, Mingyur Rinpoche will present core elements from Shantideva’s famous ninth chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva, which focuses on wisdom—the realization of emptiness.”
The retreat program includes teachings and Q&A opportunities with Mingyur Rinpoche, teaching sessions with Lama Khenpo Kunga and Lama Trinley, group practice sessions, opportunities for self-guided practice, and discussion groups.
“Do you want to go beyond a superficial understanding of wisdom and actually experience what these teachings mean? Have you read Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva and wondered how to apply the profound meaning in your daily life? If so, this retreat is for you! Mingyur Rinpoche will highlight profound ways of relating to your own mind as well as the world around you.” (Tergar)
Mind of a Bodhisattva: Practicing Emptiness in Everyday Life with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is open to everyone. Translations from English will be available in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Click here for more details and to register for this retreat
Mingyur Rinpoche, the founder of the Tergar Meditation Community, which has centers and practice groups across the world, is a renowned teacher and a best-selling author whose books include The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness (2007), Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom (2009), and Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism (2014).
Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border region between Tibet and Nepal, Mingyur Rinpoche received extensive training in Tibetan Buddhist meditative and philosophical traditions from his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920–96), considered one of the greatest modern Dzogchen masters, and subsequently at Sherab Ling Monastery in northern India. After just two years, at the age of 13, Mingyur Rinpoche entered a three-year meditation retreat and then completed a second immediately afterward, serving as retreat master. At 23, Rinpoche received full monastic ordination.
Mingyur Rinpoche famously undertook a four-year solitary wandering retreat through the Himalaya from 2011–15. In recounting how he came to terms with the realities of his ambition to practice in the manner of a wandering yogi, Rinpoche revealed that he confronted many personal and spiritual challenges—including, at one point, his own mortality. Rinpoche has described the years he spent wandering in the Himalaya as “one of the best periods of my life.”*
Ultimate reality cannot be apprehended by concepts. We can, however, in an experiential way that transcends the ordinary conceptual mind, achieve a genuine understanding of reality as being the union of appearances and emptiness. — Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
* Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Returns from Four-year Wilderness Retreat (BDG) and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Releases Video Offering Insights Following His Retreat (BDG)
Mind of a Bodhisattva (Tergar)
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