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—8:30pm
Offered Online. Please visit our event calendar for the online 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 Talks
With Cortland Dahl
Open to all
Offered Online. Please visit our event calendar for the online link.
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.
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
Continued Online: March 18 and April 8, 15, 22 ~ Parenting with Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom
A 6-week Introductory Course with Members of the Tergar Madison Teaching Team.
March 14 ~ Cancelled,
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.
This event is cancelled this weekend due to COVID-19. This workshop will be offered online at a later date. We appreciate your understanding.
Offered Online: April 11 ~ Joy of Living 1 Mini-Retreat
Dig deeper into the Joy of Living 1 teachings in this Saturday mini-retreat. The session includes video teachings by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (featuring material that is not shown in Joy of Living meditation workshops), as well as a guided meditations and group discussion. This event is open to all, newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.
No registration necessary. Just use this link to join our online session via Zoom.
This event is freely offered. A suggested donation of $10 (using the donate buttom further down on this page) would be greatly appreciated.
Offered Online ~ Opening the Heart: Joy of Living 2 Meditation Workshop
Wednesdays May 6 to June 24, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
In this 8-week 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. Click here to register.
This meditation workshop is open to meditators who have previously attended a Calming the Mind: Joy of Living 1 meditation workshop or weeklong residential Joy of Living retreat or have some experience with mindfulness meditation.
Cancelled/Postponed: May 15-17 ~ The Way of the Bodhisattva
Teachings on Compassion and Wisdom with Tergar Senior Lama Khenpo Kunga
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: 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.