IMPORTANT MESSAGE Recordings of teachings will be made available, but please note that it is preferable and highly recommended to attend the live sessions if at all possible.

This event happened on May 21

From Doing to Being:

Meditation and Effortless Awareness with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche


New! Recordings of Rinpoche's teaching sessions will be posted within 48 hours after the end of the last session and will be available for a limited time.


This event takes place May 21-23, 2021.

Who can attend this event?

This program is open to everyone.


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.


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

“The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation.” — Mingyur Rinpoche

In this program, you will explore the role of effortlessness in meditation. We often believe that effortful striving is the only way to transform our lives. However, as Mingyur Rinpoche will explain, the path is much more about shifting from our usual mode of doing to one of simply being. Over the course of the weekend, Mingyur Rinpoche will illustrate this topic through the lens of each of the three levels of the Joy of Living training series.


Do you struggle sometimes with being too tense about the result of meditation practice? Does this lead to disappointment and frustration? When we meditate, especially in the beginning, we can tend to obsess over some desired outcome. The truth is that meditation is not about becoming something or someone different from who you are but rather about recognizing who you truly are, right here, right now. This program will empower you with a deeper understanding of how to approach meditation practice while letting go of expectations. This approach facilitates greater joy and well-being, allowing you to connect with who you truly are. 


In this program, you will learn:

  • Techniques shared by Mingyur Rinpoche that will help to elucidate one of the most subtle aspects of meditation practice: effort
  • How to shift from practicing in a mode of doing to one of being
  • How to find balance between being too tense and too loose during both formal meditation and everyday-life practice
  • The difference between letting go of expectations and giving up
  • How to allow your practice to be more natural and relaxed


  • Live teaching and practice sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Guided meditation and teaching sessions with Tergar Instructors and Facilitators
  • Discussion groups
  • Q&A sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche

Awareness is the essence of meditation!

Watch this short video with Instructor Myoshin Kelley to learn more.

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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 mediation 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.

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