About the Vajrayana Online Retreat Course

"While all beings have great wisdom and compassion, this is not always apparent. This is simply because they have not recognized what they already have. Thus, aside from merely recognizing our own true nature, there isn't the slightest thing to meditate on. Recognizing the importance of this, I have passed my days feeling joyful and content, wandering through the mountains and valleys and staying here and there. From my heart, I sincerely encourage all of you to practice diligently in this manner as well."

- Mingyur Rinpoche, while on retreat

Enjoy this short video excerpt by Mingyur Rinpoche from the Retreat Course

Dedicated periods of practice in retreat have been a central part of the Buddhist tradition from the time of the historical Buddha. Retreat gives us the time and space to explore our experience and discover aspects of our own being that are difficult to connect with in everyday life. Retreat is not without its challenges, but those who make time for this transformative practice often find it an indispensable support on the path of awakening.

In this course we learn about the practice of retreat from both historical and contemporary Buddhist teachers. In addition to weekly teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche, the course will feature readings, webinars, and interviews with important teachers, including Tenzin Palmo and Matthieu Ricard. There is also an extensive array of readings and other resources for those who want to learn more about retreat or deepen their practice. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an online retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche and the Tergar Community.


What is included in this course?

  • Weekly audio and video teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche
  • A live online three-day retreat
  • Weekly readings on the benefits and practice of retreat
  • Weekly audio introductions from Senior Tergar Instructors
  • Two monthly webinars, including one live webinar with Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Optional individual practice interviews
  • A range of resources for retreat, including additional teachings, retreat schedules, and more
  • A forum to discuss practice and ask questions


What will I learn in this course?

  • Why is retreat important?
  • What is the role of retreat in the Buddhist tradition?
  • What are the unique benefits of retreat that are different than what you get from daily practice?
  • What are the benefits of solitary vs group retreat?
  • Guidance on setting up a shrine and conducive space for retreat.
  • How do we work with challenges like physical pain or sleepiness in retreat?
  • Practical tips for starting and ending retreat.


Who can take this course?

This course is open to all those with interest in deepening their understanding of the principles and practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

How much does it cost?

The Retreat Course and other courses in Vajrayana Online including the Ngondro and Nectar of the Path Courses are included as part of your monthly subscription to Vajrayana Online for as long as you remain subscribed. Visit Vajrayana Online to learn more.

In order to subscribe to Vajrayana Online, you must first be a member of Tergar Learning Community.

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