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 the upcoming live launch of a new Dharma program with Mingyur Rinpoche, “Anytime Anywhere Meditation,” which will premier on 30 June from Edinburgh, Scotland.
This special event is can be attended in person in Edinburgh, and will be live-streamed around the world to international participants. The workshop is aimed at bringing traditional wisdom into contemporary practices by dismantling preconceptions of meditation as a rigid pursuit with hard-to-attain goals. This modern approach to meditation includes tools for revealing one’s innate qualities of awareness, love and compassion, and wisdom.
“Anytime Anywhere Meditation is a new and essential program to make meditation practice accessible and effective,” Tergar shared in an announcement for the event. “This workshop, the official launch of the program, will be taught by Mingyur Rinpoche himself and will focus on the transformative effect of meditation.”
Mingyur Rinpoche will be joined in hosting this three-day transformational workshop, running from 30 June–2 July, by 17 world-renowned experts.
“The program’s official launch will feature a special opening event on 30 June with Matthieu Ricard,” Tergar explained. “Other special guests include Gelong Thubten, Dr. Mark Williams, Richard Davidson, Vidyamala Burch OBE, Wendy Garling, Ruth Ormston, Ebi Atawodi, Dr. Cortland Dahl, Luke Doherty, and more.”
This new program, which is open to experienced and new practitioners alike, will include guidance from Mingyur Rinpoche and expert guest speakers, guided meditations, panel discussions, and group discussions. Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings of the teaching sessions and panel discussions will be available to all attendees for a limited period after the event.
“Anytime Anywhere Meditation is a new program aimed at making ancient wisdom accessible to modern people dealing with challenges in their lives,” Tergar told BDG.
“With a famously light-hearted approach, Rinpoche will share methods that help us uncover our innate qualities. He will show us that meditation isn’t rigid and we don’t have to change ourselves in order to be happy—we simply need to discover what we already possess within.”
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 mind is the source of all experience, and by changing the direction of the mind, we can change the quality of everything we experience.(Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, 102)
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. 2007. The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness. New York City: Harmony.
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