15 march









Living, Dying, and Beyond: Mahamudra Wisdom for the Bardo States

with Mingyur Rinpoche


This event takes place March 15–17, 2024.

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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 program is open to everyone.


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

To prepare for the bardo state, it is very important to always keep in mind that, “Whatever I experience right now, whatever happens, is unreal, illusory.” Such training will make it much easier to remember in the bardo states. — Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

In Vajrayana Buddhism, the various stages or transitions of living and dying are viewed as powerful opportune moments to awaken. These stages, referred to as “intermediate states,” or bardos, present a unique opportunity to discover the heart of enlightenment in the present moment.

In bardo practices, learning how to die in awareness teaches us how to live in awareness. Most importantly, when we begin to see how we experience a small death in the passing of each moment of our lives, the distinction between the concepts of life and death begins to dissolve, and we can reconnect with who we truly are by simply resting in our own awareness, which is the essence of Mahamudra — the profound lineage of teachings on how to discover the buddha within our own minds.


If you wish to deepen your understanding and practice of awareness in all aspects of life, including the moment of dying, this retreat is for you! This is a unique opportunity to receive instructions on the bardo teachings with respect to Mahamudra from Mingyur Rinpoche — one of the greatest living meditation masters of Mahamudra of our time.


In this program, you will:

  • be introduced to the Mahamudra teachings and some of its practices
  • learn how to apply these teachings and practices in all aspects of life
  • learn about the interconnectedness between life and death and how to use these as opportunities for reconnecting with who you truly are


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


This program is open to everyone.

Can I get access to a recording of this event?

Recordings of Mingyur Rinpoche and Lama Trinley's teaching sessions will be posted within 72 hours after the end of the last session and will be available for two months.

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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 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.