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 new online Dharma course, led by Rinpoche, titled “The Heart of Tantra: Immersion.”
Running from November 2022–April 2023, “The Heart of Tantra” is composed of three distinct but complementary and progressing courses: 1. Development Stage, which follows Jamgön Kongtrul’s treasured text Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation and Thrangu Rinpoche’s commentary; 2. Completion Stage without Concept, which focuses on the completion stage without marks or concepts, learning to connect with the buddha within; and 3. Completion Stage with Concept, which explores the completion stage with marks or concepts, learning about the subtle body practices contained within the Six Dharmas of Naropa.
“This Immersion course integrates in-depth teachings on how to see the true nature of ourselves and the world by exploring Jamgön Kongtrul’s famous text Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation, along with its commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche,” Tergar shared with BDG. “Not only will we learn the principles of tantric practice but also directly experience these teachings through a short sadhana liturgy that we will practice together.
“In a culture where we are constantly bombarded with messages that we are just not good enough, no matter what we do, self-doubt can become almost second nature. We can develop deep-seated negative perceptions of ourselves that then have a ripple effect, making us inclined to see the worst in others and treat one another with indifference, lack of empathy, or even contempt. Tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism, however, offers us profound methods to break free from deep-rooted conditioning and recognize ourselves and one another for who we truly are.”
Accompanying the launch of the immersion course, Tergar has also announced a free welcome webinar and Q&A session with Tsunma Kunsang Palmo and Tim Olmsted. The webinar will take place on 1 November at 11am Eastern Time / 5pm Central European Summer Time.
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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