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!
Joy of Living
Weekly Meditation Group
Tuesday Evenings, 7:00—8:30pm
Regular schedule will resume on January 14, 2020)
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 Talks
With Cortland Dahl
Open to all
Regular schedule will resume on January 9, 2020)
Cortland Dahl’s weekly drop-in talks on Thursday nights will include presentations and guided meditations on topics related to the Buddhist path, including awareness meditation, sleep and dream yoga, and insight meditation. The current series of topics revolves around a set of teachings known as the “bardos” in Tibetan Buddhism and offer instructions on using challenging life situations as opportunities to awaken.
These sessions are free and open to anyone with an interest in Buddhism. No prior experience required.
Sunday, 10:00am—12:00pm through December
No session on January 5, 2020
New schedule beginning Sunday, January 12, 2020!
Sunday, 10:30 11:30 a.m
Tergar Madison hosts free, weekly open meditation (OM) sessions at the times listed above. Each session is divided into 30-minute segments, followed by a short break. You are welcome to come for as little as 30 minutes or stay for the entire session. These unguided sessions are free and open to all.
On January 12, Open Meditation will be followed by a pot-luck! This will be open to the whole Tergar Madison community (with special recognition and encouragement to all Sunday and Friday OM leaders and meditators)
Community pot lucks will continue in 2020 on a monthly basis, following first Sunday OM of each month (Feb 2, March 1…).
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
January 2-7 ~ Experiencing Buddha Nature
A Retreat on the Bardos of Death and Dying with Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga. Middleton, Wisconsin
January 28 ~ The Science of Meditation
With Dr. Richard Davidson
Public talk in which Dr. Davidson present the latest research findings on this topic.
February 5, 12, 19, 26 ~ Getting Started: A Four-Part Introduction to Meditation
An introductory meditation sequence running four consecutive Wednesdays.
February 21 ~ Everyday Freedom
A Public Talk with Susan Kaiser Greenland
February 22-23 ~ Activity Based Mindfulness for Kids
A 2-Day Experiential Workshop with Susan Kaiser Greenland
March 4, 11, 18 and April 8, 15, 22 ~ Tergar Parent Program
A six-week evening program on Wednesdays designed for parents. More information coming soon.
March 7 ~ Calming the Mind: Joy of Living 1
In this weekend workshop, we will learn how cultivating awareness can help create a peaceful mind and joyful heart.
March 14 ~ Joy of Living 3 Mini-Retreat
A half-day mini-retreat open to those who have taken a Joy of Living 3 workshop online or in-person.
April 18 ~ Joy of Living 1 Mini-Retreat
A half-day mini-retreat open to all.
May 2 ~ Opening the Heart: Joy of Living 2
In this weekend workshop, we will learn how meditating on loving-kindness and compassion can open our hearts to the world around us.
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Donate to Tergar Madison
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PO Box 70754
Madison, WI 53707-0754
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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.