May 29, 2021
11am–1 p.m. EDT (US), 5–7 p.m. CEST (Europe), 11pm–1am CST (China)
This event is open to everyone, there are no prerequisites for attendance.
Registration will close 1 hour in advance of the event.
Translation from English will be offered in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
We would love to have you join us for this special Saga Dawa community celebration. Rinpoche will give a teaching on the practice of The Treasury of Blessings, a liturgy of Buddha Sakyamuni, composed by Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche. We will then practice this liturgy together, and share aspirations for the world. This is a Buddhist event, but all are welcome. There are no prerequisites for attendance.
The schedule will include:
Saga Dawa is a very important time in the Buddhist calendar, marking Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. It is typically celebrated for a whole month, with special significance given to the 15th lunar day, which this year falls on May 26. Saga Dawa is known as the month of merits - Tibetan Buddhists make extra efforts to practice generosity, virtue, and compassion, believing that during this month the effects of one's actions are greatly multiplied.
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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