This event happened on April 15

Mind Creates Reality:

Path of Liberation Level 1 with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche


Recordings of Rinpoche, Khenpo Kunga and Lama Trinley's teaching sessions will be posted within 72 hours after the end of the last session and will be available for a limited time.


This event takes place April 15-18, 2022.

Who can attend this event?

There are prerequisites to attend this event.


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.

"It’s not that we are pure way down in the depths of our being, but somehow up on the surface everything is messed up. Rather, we are pure inside and out. Even our most dysfunctional habits are manifestations of this basic goodness." — Mingyur Rinpoche

The Path of Liberation Training constitutes the core of Mingyur Rinpoche’s Vajrayana teachings. In this program, Mingyur Rinpoche will introduce the practices central to this training, as well as teachings on the nature of mind and the practice liturgy that Rinpoche has composed, Nectar of the Path. This inspirational practice manual provides a complete overview of the path in a daily practice format and includes topics such as refuge, bodhichitta, loving-kindness and compassion, guru yoga, and nature of mind.


Option 1: To have attended all three Joy of Living levels — Calming the Mind (Level 1), Opening the Heart (Level 2), and Awakening Wisdom (Level 3) — and completed the associated practice requirements.

Option 2: To have completed the full preliminary practices (the 4 x 100,000 ngondro).

Option 3: To have had a daily meditation practice for at least five years and attended either group or solitary practice retreats for a total of at least thirty days, with 6+ hours of formal meditation practice per day, under the guidance of a Buddhist teacher.

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


If you want to start practicing meditation under Mingyur Rinpoche’s guidance, following the tradition of nature of mind, the methods taught in this program represent the core of the Buddhist path and are the entrance point to Mahamudra. They will foster your ability to recognize awareness and stabilize that recognition, open your heart, and see reality more clearly.

In this retreat, you will receive the first of the four pointing out instructions of the Path of Liberation as well as instructions on how to practice it within the framework of Nectar of the Path


In this program, you will:

  • receive instructions on stillness, movement, and awareness in preparation for nature of mind
  • receive the first pointing out instruction “All Phenomena Come from Mind” and instructions on how to practice it
  • receive the transmission for the Nectar of the Path liturgy
  • get familiar with topics such as the four thoughts that turn the mind toward the dharma, refuge, bodhichitta, loving-kindness and compassion, guru yoga, and nature of mind


  • Live teaching, Q&A, and practice sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Teaching sessions with Tergar Lamas Khenpo Kunga and Lama Trinley
  • Group meditation
  • Discussion groups

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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 Kunga

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.

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.

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