Date(s) - June 4, 2020 - June 10, 2020
Exploring the Nature of Mind
Heart Advice on the Path of Awakening
Teachings by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Registration is not yet open for this event. We expect to open registration at the end of January 2020. Tergar email list subscribers will receive a notification when registration opens. To sign up for the Tergar email list, use the form in the left-hand column of this page.
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 retreat presents a rare opportunity to receive in-depth teachings from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on the nature of mind, drawn from the path of Mahamudra, the most profound meditative teachings of the Kagyü School of Tibetan Buddhism.
Transmissions and Prerequisites
There are two transmissions offered simultaneously during the retreat. You must select only one transmission during registration. Each transmission will receive one teaching per day from Mingyur Rinpoche, and one teaching per day from Khenpo Kunga.
- Transmission 1 & 2: Recognizing Pure Awareness
- Transmission 3 & 4: Deepening Recognition
Transmission 1 & 2: Recognizing Pure Awareness
This series of teachings introduces the unique lineage of nature of mind practice taught by Mingyur Rinpoche and includes the instructions for the first and second levels of the Path of Liberation – the path of formal Buddhist practice for those who wish to train under Mingyur Rinpoche’s guidance. Rinpoche will offer the first and second “pointing out” instructions in the Mahamudra lineage. These instructions introduce us to a direct experience of the nature of mind. This series also includes the other transmissions needed to begin Path of Liberation practice, including refuge vows, Vajrasattva empowerment, and the reading transmissions for Nectar of the Path and Ngondro.
Transmission 1 & 2: Recognizing Awareness 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 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
Transmission 3 & 4: Deepening Recognition
This series of teachings goes further into the unique lineage of nature of mind practice taught by Mingyur Rinpoche and includes the instructions for the third and fourth levels of the Path of Liberation. Rinpoche will offer the third and fourth “pointing out” teachings that help deepen our recognition of the nature of mind.
Transmission 3 & 4: Deepening Recognition is open to all those who have received the first and second pointing out instructions from either Mingyur Rinpoche or Khenpo Kunga and who have completed the practice homework for Path of Liberation Levels 1 and 2 (see pages 4 and 5 of What is the Path of Liberation?)
If you have any questions about what transmission you are qualified to attend, or if you were practicing an earlier version of Rinpoche’s path and want to see how your practice fits with the current Path of Liberation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The daily schedule will include one teaching session with Mingyur Rinpoche and one with Khenpo Kunga, 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.
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