Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tergar Madison holds weekly drop-in meditation groups and public talks, as well as periodic retreats, workshops and classes on meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. Please join us!
Please note: In an effort to be proactive and slow the spread of COVID-19, Tergar Madison has decided to postpone all in-person events until further notice. Please join our local email list if you are interested in updates. We are experimenting with online offerings as much as possible. Please visit our event calendar for more information about what is available online and how to join.
Joy of Living
Weekly Meditation Group
Tuesday Evenings, 7:00—8:00pm
Offered Online. Please check our weekly news for the online link or ask our coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for the weekly link.
If you are a beginning meditator and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner and would like to deepen your practice, please join us every Tuesday evening as we explore the practices of mindfulness and compassion meditation.
Read about our current curriculum and access online resources here.
*Community Nights: the first Tuesday of each month includes a 60-minute teaching/practice session followed by a 30-minute social period with snacks provided.
Thursday Night Dharma Talks – The Three Yanas
7 pm to 8 pm
Open to all
Our Thursday Dharma Talks have been posted on SoundCloud in a playlist dedicated to these presentations. Visit the Thursday Night Dharma Talk page on SoundCloud to listen to them.
Thursday, September 17, from 7 to 8 pm – Thursday Night Dharma Talk
With Tim Olmsted
Thursday, September 24, from 7 to 8 pm – Thursday Night Dharma Talk
With Scott Anderson
Thursday, October 1, from 7 to 8 pm – Thursday Night Dharma Talk
With Myoshin Kelley
Please refer to our weekly news for the links each week.
Fridays ~ 8 AM ~ Join our Open Meditation Group
With one hour of unguided meditation followed by one hour of shared reflections. To join this group, please email email@example.com.
Sunday Open Meditation
TMad has an open meditation cancellation email group used by administrators to notify community members when sessions will not be held; this group is used for this purpose only.
To join this list and receive periodic cancellation notices, please follow please follow this link, click “Apply for membership,” and fill out the short form. You will need a free Google login to join the group.
Events and Activities
Calming the Mind:
Joy of Living 1
With Kasumi Kato and Scott Anderson
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
It can be hard to find contentment and joy when we receive so many messages in our day-to-day lives that we’re not smart enough, beautiful enough, or successful enough. If we could just work harder, eat healthier, or be a little less stressed, then maybe –just maybe – we will finally feel okay. There’s always something missing.
What if, deep down, our true nature were already perfect, and it was just a matter of recognizing it?
The Joy of Living training encompasses three progressive levels. In the first level, you will discover how awareness meditation can be used to create a peaceful mind and joyful heart.
About the Facilitators:
Kasumi Kato grew up in northern Japan. She has received extensive training in meditation and yoga. She is a Tergar facilitator and oversees Tergar’s activities in Japan, in addition to translating for Mingyur Rinpoche. She has two Master’s degrees and currently teaches Japanese at the University of Wisconsin. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time meditating in retreat.
Scott Anderson has practiced yoga and meditation since he was a teenager. Since meeting Mingyur Rinpoche in 2010, he has dedicated himself to the practice and dissemination of Rinpoche’s teachings as one of the founding leaders of Tergar Madison. Scott has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, and is a PhD student at the UW-Madison, where he studies mindfulness interventions for college students and adolescent athletes.
Wednesdays, October 21 through November 25, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
From the comfort of your home.
An online link to the event will be sent to you a week prior to the course.
For more information and to register please click here:
Other Groups and Activities
Offered Online: Community Support and Mortality group – first and third Wednesday of the month from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. Discussion group of death and dying and our preparations for our own death. For more information about the group, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offered Online: Thursdays, Noon – 1:30 PM. Vajrayana Online POL discussion group.
This group is open to people who have entered the POL path by receiving pointing out instructions from Mingyur Rinpoche or Khenpo Kunga. For more information about this group please email email@example.com.
Our Meditation Center is open
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 7pm
and Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm
Suggestions and Comments for Tergar Madison Leadership:
If you would like to offer input to the Board of Directors and others in Tergar Madison leadership, please follow this link.
Donate to Tergar Madison
Please consider making a monthly or one-time donation to Tergar Madison. You can donate online at our secure site using a credit card, debit card or PayPal by clicking the donate button below, or mail a check, made out to Tergar Madison, to:
PO Box 70754
Madison, WI 53707-0754
If you have donation-related questions, please contact us at the above address or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Meditation Classes
Interested in meditation but not sure where to begin? Join us for a free, four-part Introduction to Meditation series periodically offered on consecutive Wednesdays. In this class, we will learn some simple meditation techniques that will help us deal with the stresses of daily life and awaken us to the joy of the present moment. This free drop-in class is open to everyone. Read more…
Joy of Living Workshops and Retreats
The Joy of Living is a course of meditation training that is open to people of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Tergar Madison offers regular workshops and retreats related to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, and insight meditation. Read more…
Exploring Buddhism is a study program that covers the core teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These teachings address the full spectrum of Buddhist thought and practice, starting with teachings on the Four Noble Truths and leading up to the philosophy of Vajrayana Buddhism. Read more…
Path of Liberation
The Path of Liberation builds on the foundational teachings of the Joy of Living, presenting a course of meditation practice rooted in the ancient teachings of Tibet. Tergar Madison holds regular activities for Path of Liberation practitioners. Read more…
If you have questions about Tergar Madison programs, please send an email to email@example.com.
Community Email List
Tergar Madison has created an email list for unmoderated, respectful person-to-person communication among community members. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. No one is added automatically to this list.
To join this list please follow this link, click ‘Apply for membership,’ and fill out the short form. You will need a free Google login to join the group. If you have questions about that, click this link to get help.
Detailed posting guidelines are listed here.