Opening the Heart: Joy of Living 2


The more clearly we see things as they are, the more willing and able we become to open our hearts toward others. When we recognize that others experience pain and unhappiness because they don’t recognize their true nature, we’re spontaneously moved by a profound wish for them to experience the same sense of peace and clarity that we’ve begun to know.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Registration is closed for the Fall 2019 Opening the Heart course

Our next Joy of Living 2 course will be announced soon.

Course Details

In this six-week course, we will learn how to meditate on loving-kindness and compassion, a profound practice that helps us open our hearts to others and relax the self-centered tendencies that lead to anxiety, dissatisfaction, and suffering. Cultivating loving-kindness and compassion helps us to see the basic goodness that all beings share. By relating to others in an open-hearted way, we bring peace to the mind and develop a sense of confidence and purpose. This, in turn, naturally brings harmony to our relationships and enables us to work with challenging situations more effectively.

Each lesson includes experiential teachings by Mingyur Rinpoche, as well as guided meditations and moderated discussions with a Tergar instructor. The first video—An Introduction to Loving-kindness and Compassion Meditation—will be available as soon as you register.

  • Course fee: $125 ($95 for students repeating this course/seniors/full-time students)
  • Course Length: 6 Weeks
  • Start Date: To be announced
  • End Date: To be announced
  • Instructors: To be announced


Who can attend this course?

This course is open to meditators who have previously attended Calming the Mind: Joy of Living Level 1 and have met the practice requirements (fifty hours of formal meditation based on the teachings in Level 1), and also to those who have not attended these workshops, but who have practiced meditation regularly for at least three years.

What will I learn in this course?

The second level of the Joy of Living teaches us how to open our hearts to others, as well as to our own challenges and suffering. We do this by first recognizing that loving-kindness and compassion are with us every moment, and then nurturing these qualities until they reach their fullest expression. Meditating on the four immeasurables—love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—is the practical tool we use to connect with these qualities. In particular, you will learn:

  • How the tendency to fixate on one’s own well-being creates anxiety and suffering
  • How positive mental states like love and compassion erode the causes of dissatisfaction
  • How these positive mental states can be cultivated through meditation
  • How ordinary experiences, and even “negative” factors like difficult emotions and physical pain, can be transformed into sources of empathy and compassion using the practice of meditation


What does the course include?

This class features:

  • Weekly video teachings by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Course discussion forum with the Tergar instructors
  • A printable course guide and practice log
  • Weekly downloadable, guided, audio meditations
  • A live call-in event with a Tergar facilitator


About the Joy of Living Program

The Joy of Living is a path of meditation practice that can be followed by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural orientation. Meditation enables us to discover a lasting contentment that is not subject to the fluctuating conditions of the external world, and to nurture the qualities of wisdom and compassion that naturally manifest from awareness itself. Read more

About Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. With a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner, Rinpoche’s profound teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. His 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. Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on four continents. Read more

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