Date(s) - May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Exploring the Nature of Mind
Heart Advice on the Path of Awakening
Teachings by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Villas Arqueologicas, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
True freedom of mind is something we can discover for ourselves through the practice of meditation. In Tibetan Buddhism, the most direct and powerful way to experience this inner freedom is by exploring the nature of awareness, a journey that puts us in touch with a source of equanimity, wisdom, and compassion that we can access anytime and anywhere.
This Path of Liberation practice retreat presents a rare opportunity to receive in-depth teachings on the nature of mind from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Cortland Dahl. The nature of mind teachings are drawn from the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, the most profound meditative teachings of the Kagyü and Nyingma Schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
The teachings given at this retreat provide the transmissions needed to begin formal Buddhist practice in the Tergar Community, including “pointing out” teachings on the nature of mind, refuge vows (the vows to formally enter the Buddhist path), and the transmissions to begin practicing the Tibetan Buddhist foundational practices (ngöndro). This retreat is open to those who are interested in practicing Buddhism and who already have a strong background in meditation practice (see prerequisites below).
The daily schedule will include one teaching session with Mingyur Rinpoche (or two depending on which track you follow), as well as six to seven hours of meditation per day (practiced in twenty- to thirty-minute sessions). The retreat will also include periods of silence.
Because these teachings and practices build on each other, deepening our experience and understanding, there are requirements before attending the next level of teachings. Here are the prerequisites for these levels of teachings.
This retreat has two tracks: Track 1 Recognizing Pure Awareness and Track 2 Deepening Recognition.
Track 1 is open to all individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have attended all three Joy of Living Levels, Calming the Mind (Level 1), Opening the Heart (Level 2), and Awakening Wisdom (Level 3), and completed the associated practice requirements
- Have received pointing out teachings from a qualified Buddhist lineage holder (a tulku or rinpoche)
- Have completed the full preliminary practices (the 4 x 100,000 ngöndro)
- Have had a daily meditation practice for at least five years and attended either group or solitary practice retreats (with 6+ hours of formal meditation practice each day) under the guidance of a Buddhist teacher for a total of at least thirty days
Track 2 is open to all individuals who have:
- Attended a Path of Liberation or Mahamudra retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche or Khenpo Kunga, or have received the full 6-years transmission of “Ocean of Definitive Meaning” from Tai Situ Rinpoche.
AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Completed level 1 homework of Nectar of the path OR
- Completed level 1 homework of Ngondro practices OR
- Completed 111,111 prostrations and 111,111 100-syllable mantra with another Buddhist lineage holder
For more information about the prerequisites, please contact us at email@example.com.
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, Rinpoche’s profound teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. His first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. Read more…
Cortland Dahl is a senior instructor of Tergar International and has practiced meditation for more than twenty years, he also has studied Buddhism around the world. He has spent time on retreat in monasteries and retreat centers throughout Japan, Burma, India, and Nepal, and for eight years lived in Tibetan refugee settlements near Kathmandu. Read more…
Accommodations and Fee Structure:
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.
There are rooms available on the retreat site at Villas Arqueológicas (only shared room). We also have an agreement with the Hotel Posada María Sofía, situated 10 min walking distance form the retreat site where a discount price is available until the 15 of February if you mentioned you are coming to Tergar.
We will not have single rooms available. All rooms have an attached bathroom.
We recommend participants, who will stay outside the retreat site, take the meals package to facilitate their participation in all the practice sessions.
Retreat fee: $4700*
Include teaching, 2 Coffee breaks per day and all the necessary material.
*To the retreat fee you can choose to add accommodations and meals:
a) Shared room in Villas Arqueológicas: +$2500
Shared room on the retreat site, does not include meals.
b) Lunch: +$750
1 lunch buffet style per day.
c) Full meals: +$1750
1 Vegetarian breakfast, lunch buffet style and dinner per day.
Full payment is due at time of registration. If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend, please complete your registration and contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order for your registration to be completed and after approbation of your pre-registration, you will be asked to forward a nonrefundable deposit of $3000 MXN. The balance of your retreat fee will be due April 16, 2017. Tergar will be emailing you near the due date. If you prefer, you may include the full payment when you register.
The full deposit will be charged in case of cancelation.
In an effort to keep the cost of this retreat as low as possible, we set the retreat rate such that it just covers the cost of room and board at the retreat and additional operating overhead. This includes a modest honorarium to Mingyur Rinpoche and attendant lamas. You will also have the opportunity to make a personal offering to support Tergar activities.
Arrival and Departure:
Check-in will be from 3pm—6:30pm on the opening day of the retreat, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.
The retreat will end around 4pm on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Precepts and Silence:
While attending this retreat, all participants are expected to abide by the ethical precepts for lay practitioners. This includes abstinence from sexual activity. 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.
While it is possible to access Internet throughout the campus, we ask that — in keeping with the spirit of an intensive meditation retreat — you minimize Internet activity, eliminating it altogether if possible.
Food (only for meals on site):
Three vegetarian meals will be served each day. The kitchen at Villas Arqueológicas is not able to cater special dietary needs.
Villas Arqueológicas is situated in Cholula, Puebla. The closest major airport is Puebla International airport (PBC) situated 40 minutes away from Cholula.
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Villas Arqueológicas, Cholula Puebla, Mexico