The Tergar Meditation Community, founded by the respected teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, will host a free webinar by His Holiness Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche on 12 February on the topic “The Essence of the Bodhisattva Path.”
“This free event is a rare opportunity to receive a teaching on The Way of the Bodhisattva [by Shantideva] directly from His Holiness Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche, the supreme head of the Palpung Monastic Seat and the living root guru of Mingyur Rinpoche,” Tergar International shared in an announcement. “During the webinar, Tai Situ Rinpoche will share with us the heart essence of this profound text, bringing it alive so that we can make these teachings a lived experience.”
Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa is the 12th Tai Situpa in an unbroken lineage that dates to the 11th century. He is the head of Palpung Monastery in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham, and a principal figure in the Karma Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche was trained by the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and is supervising the education of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche was born in 1954 in eastern Tibet and was enthroned at an early age. He received transmissions from many prominent masters, notably Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
“In this webinar, Vajradhara Tai Situ Rinpoche will give an overview of the bodhisattva path and provide practical instructions on how to practice bodhichitta, the aspiration to guide all sentient beings to realize their awakened nature, and other practices within the bodhisattva’s training,” Tergar International said.
Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive a link to the event. Registration closes one hour in advance of the event’s start. Translation will be offered into Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. “The Essence of the Bodhisattva Path” webinar will be held at the following times:
Auckland: 4am, Sunday 13 February
Canberra: 2am, Sunday 13 February
Seoul, Tokyo: 12am, Sunday 13 February
Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei: 11pm, Saturday 12 February
Bangkok, Jakarta: 10pm, Saturday 12 February
New Delhi: 8:30pm, Saturday 12 February
Moscow: 6pm, Saturday 12 February
Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm: 4pm, Saturday 12 February
London: 3pm, Saturday 12 February
Montreal, New York: 10am, Saturday 12 February
Los Angeles, Vancouver: 7am, Saturday 12 February
When you have compassion, a bodhisattva’s compassion for all sentient beings, why you have bodhicitta for all sentient beings is because of your joy, not because of your sorrow.— Tai Situ Rinpoche
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.”*
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