This event happened on June 13

Dorje Drolö: The Foundational Practices

with Mingyur Rinpoche


This event takes place June 13-16, 2024.


Registration will close 1 hour in advance of the event. Full refunds will be given for cancellation requests up to 1 hour in advance of the event.

Who can attend this event?

This retreat is open to all. However, this is an advanced Buddhist teaching and may not be suitable if you are new to Buddhism.


Translation from English will be offered in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

"The wrathful practice of Dorje Drolö is critically important in pacifying all the negative circumstances that we face in today's world. Since the whole spectrum of Buddhadharma teachings and its essence is love, compassion, and wisdom, this wrathful practice is not just the expression of some sort of ordinary rage; rather, it is the pinnacle practice of compassion and wisdom underlying the practice of Buddhadharma at its most profound level." — Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche

For the first time, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach the cycle of Dorje Drolö — the wrathful eighth manifestation of Guru Rinpoche — which was revealed by the first Mingyur Rinpoche. This cycle of teachings belongs to Dzogchen and is particularly potent for our times. In the first year of this cycle, Mingyur Rinpoche will give us the foundation for the full transmission, teaching us about the lineage of Dorje Drolö and the history and contents of the cycle, and in particular, offering instructions on the foundational practices of Dorje Drolö.


This retreat will be streamed live from Kathmandu, Nepal. Click here to register to attend in person.

See details of the online retreat below.


This retreat is open to all. However, this is an advanced Buddhist teaching and may not be suitable if you are new to Buddhism.


If you are currently practicing the Path of Liberation, have already completed all Path of Liberation levels, or are inspired by Guru Rinpoche and his different manifestations, this retreat is for you! This is the first year of the Dorje Drolö cycle in which the foundational practices will be taught. In the coming years, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach the union of the development and completion stage practices all the way to the highest teachings of ati yoga and nature of mind.

For online participants only: Please note that you are required to have taken refuge and to have received at least one Vajrayana empowerment previously in order to practice the Dorje Drolö ngondro. Rinpoche will give the Dorje Drolö empowerment in person only. You also must receive the reading transmission of the liturgy, which will be streamed online, in order to practice this ngondro.


In this program, you will learn:

  • about the lineage of Dorje Drolö
  • the foundational practices of Dorje Drolö
  • how to apply the teachings in formal and daily-life practice
  • how to practice Dorje Drolö in the Path of Liberation


  • Live teachings, Q&A, and practice sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Teaching sessions with Tergar Lamas
  • Q&A sessions with Tergar Guides
  • Group meditation


If you are interested in attending any in-person events in Kathmandu, we invite you to attend our info sessions to help you plan your travel. You can register for the sessions by clicking on the links below. We will not be taking live questions, so please submit any questions you may have in advance of the sessions during the Zoom registration. We hope you can join us in Nepal!


If you are attending from Australasia, and are interested in additional online content more suited to your timezone, please contact [email protected] for more information.

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About Mingyur Rinpoche

In his approach to teaching meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche integrates traditional Buddhist practice and philosophy with the current scientific understanding of the mind and mental health – making the practice of meditation relevant and accessible to students around the world.

Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned meditation teacher with personal experience of anxiety and panic attacks, which he suffered from throughout his childhood and into his teenage years, when he learned to transform his panic through meditation. Born in Nepal in 1975, Mingyur Rinpoche began to study meditation as a young boy with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, himself a well-respected Buddhist teacher. As a child he became interested in contemporary science through conversations with scientists who were visiting his father, and as he grew older he began to collaborate with neuroscientists and psychologists, including Richard Davidson and Antoine Lutz at the University of Wisconsin, on research projects that study the effects of meditation on the brain and the mind.

Mingyur Rinpoche’s first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. His second book, Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, explores how difficult emotions and challenging life situations can be used as stepping stones to discover joy and freedom. In his most recent book, In Love with the World, Mingyur Rinpoche shares how his meditation practice sustained him when he left his monastery to wander through India and the powerfully transformative insights he gained from the near-death experience he had at the beginning of his journey. Mingyur Rinpoche recently appeared in the Netflix series The Mind, Explained, in an episode about the benefits of mindfulness.

As the head of the Tergar Meditation Community, Mingyur Rinpoche supports groups of students in more than thirty countries, leading workshops around the world for new and returning students every year.

About Khenpo Gyurmé Wangchen

Khenpo Gyurmé ordained as a monk at Tergar Monastery, Nepal, at the age of six. There he completed the primary monastic education, studying Tibetan language, Buddhist ritual, and philosophy. Following his training at Tergar Monastery, he was sent to Sherabling Monastery, the seat of Tai Situ Rinpoche, to complete nine years of formal Tibetan Buddhist College (shedra). After graduating from the shedra, he taught for three years and eventually was granted the title of Khenpo, a recognition of his scholarly accomplishment and contribution to monastic education. Khenpo Gyurmé has also studied meditation extensively with Tai Situ Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Khenpo Gyurmé is continuing his practice as the Principal of Education at Osel Ling Monastery in Nepal and has been teaching there for the past thirteen years. He is responsible for coordinating and overseeing more than 180 young monks' studies and teaching monastic and lay students, thus playing a very significant role in the development of the monastery. As the Abbot of the monastery, he is devoted to educational development and to supporting Buddhist practitioners along their path. 

About Lama Trinley

Lama Trinley has been the resident teacher at the Tergar Mingjue Phoenix Center since November, 2007. Lama Trinley began his education at Tergar Monastery, where he studied the rituals, prayers, and other traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He entered the traditional three-year retreat when he was seventeen years old, after which he spent six years training in the monastic college of Tergar Monastery, where he taught for three years as assistant professor. His command of English and his humble and gentle demeanor make him easily accessible to newcomers and experienced meditators alike.