19 june








In Person

Dzogchen Teachings from Flight of the Garuda for Path of Liberation 5 Students (IN PERSON)

with Mingyur Rinpoche


This event takes place June 19-20, 2024.


Registration will close 24 hours in advance of the event. Full refunds will be given for cancellation requests up to 24 hours in advance of the event.

Who can attend this event?

Prerequisites for attendance: To have attended a Tergar Path of Liberation Level 5 retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche or Khenpo Kunga. Completing the Level 5 practice requirements is NOT required to attend this event.

The requirements for participation were set in consultation with Mingyur Rinpoche. In turn, we ask that you honor them. Thank you!


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

"The root of all that exists, Samsara and nirvana, is one’s own mind. Primordially, mind is emptiness. Merge into the sky-like absolute expanse, Empty, luminous, beyond clinging. Outside, inside; eyes open or closed, Day, night; asleep or awake: No difference. During practice, after practice, Mind, appearances: Blend them. Continuously, without wavering, Merge completely with this vibrant, sky-like state." — Shabkar

This special event will inaugurate the Path of Liberation Advanced Mandala retreats for students who have attended a Path of Liberation Level 5 retreat at Tergar. During these retreats, Mingyur Rinpoche will offer deepening instructions on the nature of mind and how to stabilize our recognition of it, and these instructions may be offered within the context of a specific Mahamudra or Dzogchen text. This year’s teachings will center around the text The Flight of the Garuda by the 18th-century Dzogchen yogi Shabkar.


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

See details of the in-person retreat below.


To have attended a Tergar Path of Liberation Level 5 retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche or Khenpo Kunga. Completing the Level 5 practice requirements is NOT required to attend this event.

The requirements for participation were set in consultation with Mingyur Rinpoche. In turn, we ask that you honor them. Thank you!


The Path of Liberation Advanced Mandala retreat is the perfect opportunity to deepen your understanding and practice on the nature of mind and explore some of the most profound texts of our tradition under the direct guidance of Mingyur Rinpoche, as well as to gather together as a sangha with those who have accompanied you all along on your Path of Liberation journey at Tergar. In this year’s retreat, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach The Flight of the Garuda by Shabkar to a Western audience for the first time.


In this retreat, you will:

  • receive instructions on the Dzogchen text The Flight of the Garuda by Shabkar
  • receive the reading transmission for The Flight of the Garuda
  • receive deepening nature of mind instructions beyond Path of Liberation Level 5


  • 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!

Please see the Practical Information booklet linked HERE for guidance on travel, accommodation and other details to help you plan your trip.


  • The first session will begin at 2pm on June 19th.
  • Please arrive for check-in from 9am.

Please note that the schedule for European, Asian and African time zones includes live teachings from Khenpo Gyurme. The schedule for American timezones includes live teachings from Lama Trinley. Recordings of both sets of teachings will be available for all to view one week after the end of the retreat. 


Event tickets include lunch and dinner.

Please note that all meals served during the event will be strictly vegetarian. While we strive to accommodate various dietary preferences, it may not be possible to cater to specific dietary restrictions or preferences. If you have severe food allergies, we kindly advise you to bring your own food and take necessary precautions to avoid any potential reactions. Your understanding is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to creating a wonderful and inclusive experience for all.


Please note that accommodation is not provided for this event, and participants are responsible for finding their own lodging.


One should be aware that Nepal is not necessarily easy to navigate for people with disabilities or mobility problems – there aren’t many facilities specifically designed or engineered to be accessible, the paved walkways can be uneven and the terrain is hilly.

Slowly, more hotels are making changes to increase accessibility. The condition of paths, ramps and lifts are often not at the standard that people from many other parts of the world may be used to, however, and you can expect some difficulties if you have a disability or have mobility issues.

Tergar Osel Ling Monastery itself does currently have ramps and is in the process of installing a lift. There may be a very limited amount of accessible housing available on site for those who need it most, so please check with us if you believe this would be something you need in order to attend. Please be aware that these ramps and paths will likely be a bit steeper and narrower than those in other parts of the world. 


If you would like to volunteer on any of the Kathmandu events, please fill out this form.


Emergency contact details and language requirements must be provided before arrriving at the event. Please provide these details by filling the form linked here.

Can I get access to a recording of this event?

Recordings of Mingyur Rinpoche’s, Khenpo Gyurme’s, and Lama Trinley’s teaching sessions will be posted within 1 week after the last session and be available for 2 months after the retreat ends.

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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.