Date(s) - May 30, 2020 - June 4, 2020
Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom
Essential Teachings on the Joy of Living
With Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
St. Thomas University
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
This retreat offers an opportunity to practice the Joy of Living teachings under Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s direct guidance. Rinpoche will share practical advice on using meditation to cultivate awareness, compassion, and wisdom, sharing insights from his own experience and illuminating key points on meditation practice. The basic teaching is open to all meditators. The program features a separate teaching track for those who have already completed the teachings and practice requirements of the first two levels of the Joy of Living training.
Registration is not yet open for this event. We expect to open registration at the end of January 2020. To receive an email reminder once registration is open, please enter your email address in the box below.
Meditation enables us to discover a lasting contentment that is not subject to the fluctuating conditions of our lives and to nurture the qualities of wisdom and compassion that naturally manifest from awareness itself. The Joy of Living is a secular path of meditation practice that was created by Mingyur Rinpoche. Though rooted in the ancient Buddhist teachings of Tibet, these practices are not religious in nature. They deal with basic functions of the mind, such as mindful awareness and the impulse to move toward happiness and away from suffering. In working with these qualities of mind, we gradually transform our relationship to present-moment experience, learning to approach our thoughts, feelings, and sensory experiences with unconditional warmth and acceptance.
In the basic track, Rinpoche will focus on the awareness and compassion teachings of the first two levels of Joy of Living training, Calming the Mind, and Opening the Heart. This track is open to all meditators, regardless of experience level or past training. In the added track, Rinpoche will go into more depth on the insight teachings of the third level of the Joy of Living, Awakening Wisdom. Anyone who has already completed the training and practice requirements for Joy of Living levels 1 and 2 may attend this teaching track.
The daily schedule will include teaching sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche and Tergar instructors, as well as six to eight hours of meditation per day (practiced in twenty- to thirty- minute sessions). The retreat will also include periods of silence, group discussions, and opportunities to have individual interviews with Tergar lamas, instructors, and facilitators. We will also review Awareness Yoga, a series of simple physical exercises where we bring mind and body together.
This retreat is suitable for both novice and experienced meditators. It offers beginning meditators an opportunity to receive in-depth teachings on meditation practice from Mingyur Rinpoche and for experienced meditators to deepen their practice and understanding.
About Mingyur Rinpoche
Mingyur Rinpoche is a much-loved and accomplished Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher with a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner. His New York Times bestselling book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, has been translated into over twenty languages. Read more…
The University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105
The University of St. Thomas is situated in Saint Paul about halfway between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, just a few blocks from the Mississippi River. The closest major airport is Minneapolis/Saint Paul International (MSP) – seven miles or a 20-minute taxi drive away.
Residential and commuter options will be available. More details about rooming options and costs will be added when registration is open.
University of St. Thomas, St Paul MN, United States