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, will host an online Dharma event titled “Path of Liberation Level 1: Mind Creates Reality,” a four-day online retreat beginning on 29 April.
“The Path of Liberation Training constitutes the core of Mingyur Rinpoche’s Vajrayana teachings,” Tergar noted in an announcement shared with BDG. “In this program, Mingyur Rinpoche will introduce the practices central to this training, as well as teachings on the nature of mind and the practice liturgy that Rinpoche has composed, Nectar of the Path. This inspirational practice manual provides a complete overview of the path in a daily practice format and includes topics such as refuge, bodhicitta, loving-kindness and compassion, guru yoga, and nature of mind.”
Running from 29 April to 2 May, the program includes live teachings, Q&A sessions, and practice sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche, teaching sessions with Lama Trinley, Q&A sessions with Tergar guides, and group meditation. Teachings topics in this retreat encompass instruction on stillness, movement, and awareness in preparation for nature of mind, the first of the four pointing out instructions of the Path of Liberation, as well as instruction on how to practice within the framework of Nectar of the Path.
“If you want to start practicing meditation under Mingyur Rinpoche’s guidance, following the tradition of nature of mind, the methods taught in this program represent the core of the Buddhist path and are the entrance point to Mahamudra,” Tergar explained. “They will foster your ability to recognize awareness and stabilize that recognition, open your heart, and see reality more clearly.”
It’s not that we are pure way down in the depths of our being, but somehow up on the surface everything is messed up. Rather, we are pure inside and out. Even our most dysfunctional habits are manifestations of this basic goodness.— Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
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 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.”*
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