Celebrating the Path Retreat Day
March 2nd is Tibetan New Year, Losar, which is considered to be an auspicious day in Mingyur Rinpoche’s world. It is a time to gather and celebrate with friends, to renew our commitment to the path, and to recall our connection with our teachers. To bring us together, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Khenpo Kunga have each filmed messages just for the occasion. Messages from Tergar instructors Myoshin Kelley and Tim Olmsted will also be viewable. For those who wish to take the time to view it, we are also making available a video of Mingyur Rinpoche’s 2010 trek to Nubri, his home village in Nepal. Please make time on Sunday, March 2 to view these wonderful messages. Note: If you are having issues accessing the videos or will not have wifi access on Sunday, March 2, please refer to the confirmation email you received when you registered online. If you have not yet registered, please visit bit.ly/PathDay14 to do so now.
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Local Tergar Meditation Community Activities
If you would like to connect with a local Tergar meditation group for Celebrating the Path, please check this list for events scheduled near you.
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Translations of the Teachings
Inspiration, Motivation and Preparation
Our teacher and friend, Mingyur Rinpoche, has been gone for the past 2 years. Before he left, he let us know that the best way to connect with him during his absence is to practice well, and to stay connected to each other. With this in mind we’ve decided to hold a worldwide Tergar retreat on March 2, 2014. On this day, we invite all of you, Tergar communities, practice groups, and students to spend the day, or part of the day, meditating, as well as celebrating the occasion with friends by sharing stories, inspiring passages from the teachings, socializing, eating good food, and whatever helps you to enjoy each other and to recall Mingyur Rinpoche. This will enrich our practice, our community, and our connection with Rinpoche, wherever he may be.
In his farewell letter to the Tergar Community (June 2011) Mingyur Rinpoche encouraged us to strengthen our bond with him through practice.
"You might think that while I’m on retreat we won’t be able to stay connected to each other. Of course, we won’t be able to see each other for a few years, but don’t forget that our connection is through the Dharma. It isn’t simply seeing our teachers, or even hearing them, that creates a spiritual bond. It’s when we take the teachings we’ve received and bring them into our own experience that an unshakeable connection is formed. The more we practice, the stronger the bond with our teacher becomes." -June 2011
He reiterated that message in his mid-retreat letter (November 2012)
"To all the students with whom I have a connection, I request you to persevere as much as possible in your practice of loving kindness and compassion, śamatha, vipaśyanā, ngöndro, etc., and especially if you have time, do as much retreat as you can regardless of how long or short it is.”
In his most recent letter, Rinpoche echoed the same sentiment (January 2014)
“ From my heart, I sincerely encourage all of you to practice diligently…”
Joy of Living Opening Aspiration:
With boundless compassion and wisdom,
I will work for the welfare of all.
May we be free from hunger and discord
And have joy and a world at peace.
Joy of Living Closing Dedication:
By the power of this compassionate practice
May suffering be transformed into peace.
May the hearts of all beings be open
And their wisdome radiate from within.
Check out this list of inspiring meditation “boosters,” compiled from Rinpoche’s books.
Nectar of the Path
If you plan to practice Nectar of the Path as part of your Celebrating the Path Retreat, you might want to listen to this introduction to the practice by Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted.
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About the Teachers
Video teachings by three great teachers who are closely connected to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche will be available to view and reflect upon as part of the Celebrating the Path Worldwide Retreat.
Tai Situ Rinpoche
The present 12th Tai Situpa is a Buddhist master of the Karma Kagyu tradition. He was one of the closest students of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, and in turn became the main Mahamudra guru of the current and 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Situ Rinpoche oversees a vast network of Karma Kagyu monasteries, retreat centers, and Dharma centers worldwide, and has made great contributions toward training the next generation of Buddhist masters. He is also a scholar, poet, calligrapher, artist, author, architect, and geomancer.
For over 21 years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind. He is also the brother of Mingyur Rinpoche.
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 Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States as one of the main teachers for the worldwide network of Tergar Monasteries, Meditation Centers, and Meditation Groups.
After the Retreat
If you feel inspired to continue or deepen your connection to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and the Tergar Meditation Community, these links offer helpful resources.
Find a Tergar Community or Practice Group
Tergar has a number of Meditation Communities and Practice Groups around the world. Click the link to find one near you. If there isn’t one near you, check out Tergar Learning Community[hyperlink to TLC], where you can join a virtual group. or start your own group!
Starting a Tergar Practice Group
Tergar Practice Groups are communities of individuals who have decided to gather together to practice the Joy of Living teachings as formulated in the meditation group curriculum created by Tergar International.
Tergar Learning Community
Meditation is a simple, powerful method that you can use to open your heart, train your mind, and transform your world from the inside out. The Tergar Learning Community (TLC) is place for you to learn more about the ancient practice of meditation.
It doesn’t matter if you are just getting started or have been meditating for years. Take a few minutes to explore our online learning community. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to deepen your understanding of meditation, connect with other meditators around the world, and inspire your practice with the profound teachings of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and other remarkable teachers. We hope this site will help you find new ways to explore the landscape of your heart and mind with mindful awareness.
Connect through Social Media
Please connect with Mingyur Rinpoche and Tergar through social media.
Tergar Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tergar.meditation.community
Mingyur Rinpoche Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mingyur.rinpoche
Tergar Twitter: https://twitter.com/tergaronline
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Mingyur Rinpoche Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MingyurRinpoche