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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Introduction to Meditation
Date – March 22, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm CDT
Structured Online Course with Stephanie Wagner and Merija Eisen
Interested in meditation? Want to manage stress and learn a practice to support you during your busy life, career, or academic schedule?
Come to our online Introduction to Meditation course Monday, March 22, 2021 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm CST. The course is offered free of charge and is open to the public. However, registration is required for this course. Registration will end Friday, March 19 at midnight. Please register prior to the deadline.
This new Introduction to Meditation course is an important tool to reach people searching for a solution to their “monkey mind” problems. The program introduces new meditators to simple meditation practices and has been updated with new videos by Rinpoche, experiential activities, and more.
For more information or to register, click here.
Opening the Heart: Joy of Living 2
Dates – April 7, 2021 to May 12, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Structured Online Course with Kasumi Kato and Scott Anderson
In this meditation workshop we will learn how meditating on loving-kindness and compassion can open our hearts to the world around us 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.
For more information or to register, click here
Calming the Mind: Joy of Living 1
Dates – April 12, 2021 to May 17, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Structured Online Course with Kell Julliard and Stephanie Wagner
Meditation enables us to transform all experiences, even difficult emotions and painful thoughts, into sources of joy. The modern world has become fascinated with the practice of meditation. With all the hype and glossy images on magazine covers, it would be easy to think that meditation is about sitting in the right posture, using a special technique, or forcing the mind to be calm or relaxed all the time. But the real power of meditation isn’t in the method. It’s in shifting our perspective.
The key to this shift in perspective is awareness. In this 6-week workshop series, we will learn to transform our experience by exploring sensations, thoughts, emotions, and even awareness itself as support for meditation.
For more information or to register, click here.
For more events, please visit Tergar’s Events page.
Other Groups and Activities
Offered Online: Living and Dying Connections – first and third Wednesday of the month from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. The Tergar Madison Living and Dying Connections group was formerly known as the Community Support and Mortality (CSM) group; the change occurred in response to a deepening understanding of our goals. This group is a face-to-face group that meets twice monthly. Currently we are meeting by Zoom because of our center closure due to the COVID-19 situation. Ordinarily, to our face-to-face meetings, we welcome as new members all interested Madison area Tergar practitioners. In the present, to our virtual meetings, we welcome new members from the Madison area Tergar community who intend to continue to be involved when we return to a face-to-face mode of meeting. If you would like to join us please contact the Madison Community Coordinator at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Email List
Tergar Madison has created an email list for unmoderated, respectful person-to-person communication among community members. The email address is email@example.com. 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.