The Tergar Meditation Community, founded by the revered Dharma teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, has announced that Mingyur Rinpoche will embark on a teaching tour of Australia next month, with a series of dates scheduled in Sydney and Melbourne and Sydney from 1–10 December.
“Tergar Australia is delighted to announce Mingyur Rinpoche’s first-ever visit to Australia in December 2023,” Tergar stated in an announcement shared with BDG. “In this series of intimate events in Sydney and Melbourne, Rinpoche will be joined by Tergar instructors Myoshin and Edwin Kelley.”
Mingyur Rinpoche’s Australian program includes several dates for public gatherings:
Events in Sydney
1 Dec: Beyond Mindfulness: The Essence of Meditation
• A public talk with Mingyur Rinpoche covering how to use meditation to relate to the multitude of life’s challenges in a more constructive way.
2 Dec: Anytime Anywhere Meditation
• A new program to make meditation practice more accessible and effective. This is a special hybrid in-person event, presented in conjunction with Tergar Asia, that will be also live-streamed from Sydney.
Events in Melbourne
8 Dec: Beyond Self: A Journey to Connection and Well-Being• A public talk in collaboration with the Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies, featuring Mingyur Rinpoche, Prof. Monima Chadha, and researcher Aydogan Kars, and moderated by ABC host Natasha Mitchell.
9–10 Dec: Dying Every Day: Meditation, Transformation, and the Bardos
• An in-person weekend workshop with Mingyur Rinpoche offering practical insights into impermanence, meditation, death, and transformation.
9 Dec: Wandering But Not Lost: Film Screening• Wandering But Not Lost will be screened as part of the weekend’s activities and will include a discussion with Tashi-La, Mingyur Rinpoche’s long-time attendant and friend who accompanied him for much of the retreat.
10 Dec: Family Hour with Mingyur Rinpoche
• An intimate opportunity for children and families to connect with Mingyur Rinpoche in an informal setting with space for meditation, discussion, questions, and laughter.
Mingyur Rinpoche, the founder of the Tergar Meditation Community, which has centers and practice groups across the world, is a renowned teacher and best-selling author whose books include: The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & 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.”*
The essence of the Buddha’s teachings was that while formal practice can help us to develop direct experience of emptiness, wisdom, and compassion, such experiences are meaningless unless we can bring them to bear on every aspect of our daily lives. For it’s in facing the challenges of daily life that we can really measure our development of calmness, insight, and compassion. (Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, 2007)
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. 2007. The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness. New York City: Harmony.
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