This event happened on December 10

Spontaneous Bodhichitta: Resting in Rigpa

with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche


This event takes place December 10-12, 2021.


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?

• Option 1: To have attended a Tergar Path of Liberation level 2 retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche or Khenpo Kunga
• Option 2: To have received ngondro transmission and nature of mind pointing out from a qualified lineage holder, and to have had at least 5 years of regular meditation practice

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


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

“There is nothing else to do except recognize the true nature of our primordial awareness, our own essential being, our own birthright, which is within. This is the intrinsic nature of our own heart-mind, also known as bodhicitta or bodhi-mind.” - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

As part of Tergar’s year-long transmission on Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach on the inseparability of bodhichitta and our true nature — rigpa. Drawing upon the profound traditions of Dzogchen and Mahamudra, Rinpoche will help us recognize how our inherent nature manifests in everything we do. Rinpoche will also explain how loving-kindness, compassion, and bodhichitta practice can support and deepen our recognition of pure awareness and, in turn, how this recognition can strengthen our bodhichitta resolve for everyone around us and beyond.


How can you develop bodhichitta if you’re a nature of mind practitioner? Are you interested in learning how the sutra teachings of loving-kindness, compassion, and bodhichitta connect to the nature of mind teachings found in Mahamudra and Dzogchen? Do you yearn to infuse your daily life with increased wisdom and compassion? If so, this retreat is for you. During this weekend, Mingyur Rinpoche will provide practical teachings on infusing nature of mind and bodhichitta teachings into everything you do.


In this program, you will:

  • About the importance of compassion and bodhichitta within Dzogchen and Mahamudra
  • How to recognize the inseparability of bodhichitta and nature of mind
  • How nature of mind practice and compassion practice nurture each other
  • How to sustain the recognition of nature of mind throughout your daily life
  • About the three aspects of your innate qualities


  • Live teaching and practice sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Teaching sessions with Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga
  • Guided meditation and teaching sessions with Tergar instructors and facilitators
  • Discussion groups
  • Q&A sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche

About Spontaneous Bodhichitta: Resting in Rigpa with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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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.