Welcome! If you are interested to study Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings, there are different possibilities:
Informal Meditation Groups
Often groups start quite spontaneously when a person comes into contact with Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings, perhaps after attending one of his events, seeing him online, participating in a Joy of Living program or reading his books.
Most groups have found it helpful to jump start their activities by offering a four-part series known as the Intro to Meditation series available at no cost on the Tergar Learning Community (TLC). Each session includes a video teaching along with discussion questions.
The group often follows up with Tergar’s Meditation Group Program. Please contact us and we can help provide you with the resource materials. Contact info is below.
What is the make-up of an Informal Meditation Group?
Groups can take a variety of forms. Some may be small and informal, with no intention of growing into an open, public community. Such groups may consist of a few friends meeting in someone’s living room, or an existing spiritual community that wants to introduce contemplative practice to its roster of activities. These groups may simply be an expression of a shared interest to explore the path of meditation in community, using Mingyur Rinpoche’s books and Tergar’s Meditation Group Program. We refer to the people leading these groups as “hosts.”
How do Informal Meditation Groups relate to Tergar International?
Groups may use the curriculum in isolation with little or no interaction with Tergar International or the wider Tergar Meditation Community. Other groups may enter into a closer relationship with Tergar International from the beginning, seeking and receiving support and guidance on administrative and teaching-related matters. The level of involvement depends on the wishes of the group.
If a group wishes, they might consider becoming a Tergar Practice Group and develop a closer, more formal relationship with Tergar International.
The Tergar Meditation Community offers two book club programs based on Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s books The Joy of Living and Joyful Wisdom. The book club programs support groups of individuals who are interested in getting together to explore Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings.
Book clubs are led by one or more book club hosts. There is no training required to host a book club. If book clubs are interested in developing into a Tergar Practice Group, then the book club host can contact Tergar International to discuss the possibilities.
Hope this has been helpful! If you have further questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you live in North America, India, Australia, and Africa, and email@example.com if you live in Europe, Russia, Nepal or South America. Thanks for your interest!