This event happened on December 16

The Three Key Points of Deity Yoga:

The Heart of Tantra with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche


This event takes place December 16-18, 2022.


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 retreat is open to everyone, especially those who have some familiarity with Tibetan Buddhist meditation.


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


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 a limited time.

"At the root of all our confusion is our belief that external appearances truly exist. The many forms of development and completion stage meditation are nothing more than methods to reverse our fixation on the true existence of these external appearances." — Jamgön Kongtrul

At the core of development stage practice is the method of imagining ourselves as a buddha, connecting with our inner enlightened qualities through the symbolism in Buddhist imagery and the direct experience of recognizing our own buddha nature. During this retreat, Mingyur Rinpoche will explore the key points of deity yoga, a powerful form of meditation to transform the way we see ourselves, others, and the world.


How can we use the rich world of the imagination to uncover our buddha nature? In this retreat, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach some of the most important principles of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. Understanding these key points illuminates the entire path of awakening, from the foundational practices (ngondro) up to the most advanced forms of Vajrayana meditation.


In this program, you will learn:

  • how deity yoga, also known as the development stage, helps us to recognize our own buddha nature.
  • about the three key principles that underlie this form of meditation.
  • simple techniques for strengthening the ability to imagine and visualize in meditation.


  • Live teaching and practice sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Teaching sessions with Lama Trinley
  • Group meditation and teaching sessions with Tergar guides
  • Q&A sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche

About The Three Key Points of Deity Yoga

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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.