This event takes place August 8-11, 2020.
Registration will close 24 hours in advance of the event.
Full refunds will be given for cancellation requests up to 48 hours in advance of the event.
This Path of Liberation retreat is open to those who have completed Levels 1 and 2 of the Path of Liberation, including the practice requirements, and have also attended a Transmission 3 and 4 (Deepening Recognition) retreat. If you qualify and attend Transmission 3 and 4 in 2020 (August 1–4, 2020), you can also register for this retreat or have completed the preliminary practices (ngondro) and received pointing out instructions from a qualified Lama.
Translation from English will be offered in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish
In this retreat, Mingyur Rinpoche will offer practical meditation instructions on pure awareness. He will draw his explanations from The Introduction to Awareness: Natural Liberation through Naked Perception, a profound Dzogchen text within a compendium of teachings known as The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a comprehensive guide to both living and dying as originally taught by the great master, Padmasambhava. The text comes from a larger corpus of teachings, The Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones, revealed by Karma Lingpa (1326–1386), which is the best-known work of Nyingma literature. In the chapter on which Rinpoche will be teaching, we find guidance for the meditator on how to recognize the mind’s true nature. This mirror-like pure awareness is untainted by thoughts and emotions and is the basis from which all our experiences arise.
This Path of Liberation retreat is open to those who have completed Levels 1 and 2 of the Path of Liberation, including the practice requirements, and have also attended a Transmission 3 and 4 (Deepening Recognition) retreat. If you qualify and attend Transmission 3 and 4 in 2020 (August 1–4, 2020), you can also register for this retreat.
Please note: Because the teachings and practices build on each other, deepening our experience and understanding, there are often requirements before attending the next level of teachings. This is particularly true of the Path of Liberation retreats. Please pay attention to any prerequisites for attendance that may apply, which will be listed on the event detail page when registration opens. If you have any questions about whether or not you meet the requirements for a specific retreat, please email [email protected].
You can learn more about the process of progressing through the Path of Liberation levels with the downloadable chart at this link.
In Mingyur Rinpoche’s tradition, spending time in solo or group retreat is highly valued as an important way to deepen our understanding and experience of meditation. Whether you have never done a retreat before or are a seasoned practitioner, Tergar’s online retreats provide an excellent opportunity to taste the benefits of sustained practice.
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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.
Khenpo Kunga is a Senior Tergar Lama. He became a monk at a young age and began his education at Tergar monastery, where he studied the rituals, prayers, and other traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. At fifteen, he entered an extended meditation retreat and spent three years mastering the profound contemplative practices of the Kagyü lineage.
Following this period of intense meditation practice, he entered the renowned Dzongsar monastic college near Dharamsala in Northwest India. After studying there for eleven years and receiving his Khenpo degree (roughly equivalent to a PhD), he taught at Dzongsar college for three additional years. Khenpo Kunga’s primary teacher is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, though he has studied with many other revered masters as well.
In recent years, Khenpo Kunga has taught in Asia, Europe, and the United States as one of the main teachers for the worldwide network of Tergar monasteries, meditation centers, and meditation groups.