If you’ve ever heard Mingyur Rinpoche talk about meditating in a cave near his childhood home, you’ve probably heard him describe majestic Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. Towering 26,000 feet above sea level, Mt. Manaslu towered above seven-year-old Mingyur Rinpoche when he first began to meditate. Last fall, Tergar community members accompanied Mingyur Rinpoche on a trek to his childhood home in Nubri, a remote region in Nepal that is home to some of the world’s highest mountains, including Mt. Manaslu.
This was the first time that Rinpoche had been home since he was nine years old. He was accompanied by his mother, grandfather, and older brother, Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Together, they traveled with a small group of students to the area where Mingyur Rinpoche grew up, a small village at the foot of Mount Manasalu.
Throughout the trek, Mingyur Rinpoche told lively stories about the time he spent meditating in caves and recounted his memories of the simple village life he was born into. Once they reached his village, Rinpoche gave empowerments and teachings to the local population and to the students who accompanied him on the journey. His teachings focused on the songs of the Tibetan saint Milarepa and the Indian master Padmasambhava, both of whom play prominently in the history of Nubri. This was one of the last opportunities many of the students had to receive teachings from Rinpoche before he left on his three year retreat in mid-2011.
As the trekkers climbed to the tiny town of Sama, they experienced the pristine landscape and ancient Tibetan culture that Mingyur and Tsoknyi Rinpoche grew up with. Kell Julliard, the NYC Tergar Community leader, recorded this short video about the trek.