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!
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Joy of Living
Weekly Meditation Group
Tuesday Evenings, 7:00—8:30pm
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: beginning in May, the first Tuesday of each month will include a 60-minute teaching/practice session followed by a 30-minute social period with snacks provided.
Thursday Night Talks
With Cortland Dahl
‘On Pause’ for the Summer
Cortland Dahl’s weekly drop-in talks on Thursday nights are ‘on pause’ until September 19th, when he will begin weekly presentations on the bardos in connection with the eight-week online course, Dying Every Day. Visit the Tergar Learning Community site for more information on that program.
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.
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
August 24 ~ Joy of Living 2 Mini-Retreat
With Practice Leaders Merija Eisen and Martha McCurdy
Half-day mini-retreat on topics related to loving-kindness and compassion.
September 12 ~ Transforming the Mind
Public Talk with Lama Khenpo Kunga
In this public talk, Khenpo Kunga will discuss the Tibetan Buddhist approach to transforming the mind and how we can integrate these traditional methods into daily life “off of the cushion.”
September 13—15 ~ Sleep, Dreams and Awareness
Three-Day Retreat with Lama Khenpo Kunga
A three-day retreat in which Khenpo Kunga will offer practical insight on sleeping, dreaming, and ways to approach death with dignity, awareness, and care.
September 27—28 ~ From Personal to Social Transformation: Practicing for the Welfare of All
With Brooke Dodson-Lavelle
A workshop led by special guest Brooke D. Lavelle, focused on helping us to recognize and assess the qualities of basic goodness, to flourish as individuals, and to live in harmony with others in our lives and communities.
October 15 ~ Annual Tergar Madison Community Meeting
Evening meeting for community members to hear from the Board of Directors and to share their vision and wishes for the Tergar Madison community.
October 19—20 ~ Calming the Mind: Joy of Living 1
With Tergar Facilitator Scott Anderson
In this weekend workshop, we will learn how cultivating awareness can help create a peaceful mind and joyful heart.
November 23—24 ~ Awakening Wisdom: Joy of Living 3
With Cortland Dahl, Scott Anderson and Kasumi Kato
Weekend workshop focused on cultivating wisdom through insight meditation.
December 14 ~ Inner Freedom: Teachings from the Six Bardos
With Cortland Dahl
Daylong workshop drawn from traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the six bardos, or transitory states of existence during life and death.
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.