Date(s) - June 2, 2018 - June 6, 2018
Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom in Action
Essential Teachings on the Joy of Living
With Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
This retreat offers a rare opportunity to practice the Joy of Living teachings under Mingyur Rinpoche’s direct guidance. Rinpoche will share practical advice on using the challenges of life as opportunities to nourish awareness, compassion, and wisdom and find true happiness, using the framework of the six paramitas (generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and wisdom). Together we will explore how these qualities of heart and mind can support us in our practice in our everyday lives.
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.
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.
The daily schedule will include two teaching sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche, 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 and Instructors.
Yongey 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…
Precepts and Silence:
While attending the retreat, all participants are expected to abide by the Five Precepts for lay practitioners, which are to abstain from the following: killing, taking that which is not given, engaging in sexual activity, telling lies, and taking intoxicants of any kind. We will maintain periods of silence throughout this retreat, the length of which will vary so that there will be less silence in the beginning and end of the retreat and a period of complete silence in the middle.
In order to attend the retreat, you will need to arrive no later than the opening day. It will not be possible to start your retreat later in the program.
Program Fee: $515 per person includes teachings, programs and meals starting with dinner the evening of June 2 through lunch on June 6. Accommodations at St. Thomas are in addition to the base program fee. The base program fee applies to all commuters. We are not able to offer a rate without meals.
Accommodations: There are four different room options. All options include four (4) nights of accommodations.
1. Single Room in Apartment; Apartment with four single rooms with shared kitchen, living area and two shared bathrooms. Includes air-conditioning.
2. Single Dormitory Room; Traditional style dormitory rooms. Shared common rooms and bathrooms are located in each corridor. Does not include air conditioning.
3. Double Shared Room in Apartment; Large room shared by two residents with private bathroom, microwave and refrigerator. Many rooms include air conditioning.
4. Double Shared Dormitory Room; Traditional style dormitory rooms. Shared common rooms and bathrooms are located in each corridor. Does not include air conditioning. All shared dormitory rooms are single-gender only.
Costs for Accommodations (in addition to program fee):
Single Private Room in Apartment: $270
Single Dormitory Room: $155
Double Shared Room in Apartment: $195
Double Shared Dormitory Room: $105
Please Note: If you are interested in attending Exploring the Nature of Mind taking place June 6-13, following the Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom retreat, you must register separately for that event at tergar.org/events/exploring-nature-mind.
Full payment is requested at time of registration. This helps Tergar keep costs down. If you are unable to pay the full amount at the time of registration, you may choose the provisional registration deposit amount of $250, and be invoiced for the balance due, payable by May 11 Your registration will not be considered complete until full payment is received.
We strive to offer programs like this one as broadly as we can, regardless of ability to pay. Please consider adding an additional donation during registration or at the event to help share these teachings with as many people as possible.
Tergar offers discounts for seniors (65+), full-time students, and Tergar Facilitators and Practice Leaders. If you fall into one of these categories and would like to request a discount, please complete the discount form at this link. We will contact you within five business days to confirm.
If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend this program, we will make every effort to help. Please complete the financial aid form at this link. We will contact you within five business days to confirm.
All cancellations up to April 24 will be charged a fee of $50. For any cancellations between April 24 and May 16, the fee is $250. After May 16, no refund will be available.
Check in for retreat begins at 3:00 p.m. on June 2. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m., and the first teaching is at 7:00 p.m. The retreat will conclude by noon on June 6, with an optional lunch at noon.
Three vegetarian meals will be served each day in a cafeteria that also offers non-vegetarian food. While the kitchen at the University of St. Thomas is not able to cater to special dietary needs, vegan protein and gluten-free options will be available.
If you have any questions about registering or the retreat, please contact us at:
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105
University of St. Thomas is situated in Saint Paul about half way between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, just a few blocks from the Mississippi River. The closest major airport is Minneapolis/St. Paul International (MSP).
University of St. Thomas, St Paul MN, United States