Date(s) - March 7, 2018 - March 10, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Teachings on the Third Karmapa’s Aspiration of Mahamudra
With Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Tergar Ösel Ling, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Awakening 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.
In these teachings, Mingyur Rinpoche will offer instructions on the nature of mind drawn from the Mahamudra teachings, a profound lineage that originated in ancient India. In particular, he will teach The Aspiration of Mahamudra, a short text written by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. This text – one of the most treasured teachings in the Kagyu lineage – captures the essential points of the view, meditation, and application of Mahamudra practice.
Mingyur Rinpoche will offer two sessions each day that are open to anyone interested in Buddhist study and practice. These sessions will focus on the general approach to Mahamudra meditation presented in The Aspiration of Mahamudra.
Rinpoche will also offer a third session each day that will 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 Path of Liberation. The third sessions are only open to those who meet at least one of the Path of Liberation Track 1 criteria (see below).
There are no prerequisites for the first two teaching sessions each day.
For the third teaching session in the afternoon, there are prerequisites. Participants must meet the Path of Liberation Track 1 prerequisites, which means having 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
Tergar Ösel Ling Monastery
Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal
March 7-10 – 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Check-in will take place on March 6. For those traveling from outside Nepal, please plan your travel accordingly.
Check in will also be possible on the morning of March 7.
Teaching with lunch: US$125
Teaching and lunch for ordained sangha and people living in Nepal, India and Tibet: FREE. Please note registration is necessary for these participants, too! Donations would be most welcome.
A vegetarian lunch will be provided for the four days. You may of course bring your own picnic should you wish.
Please note: There are no restaurants at a convenient distance around Ösel Ling monastery.
Lunches are free for people living in Nepal, India, and Tibet and for ordained sangha.
There are no accommodations provided at Ösel Ling during this teaching. Please see our FAQ further below for suggestions on accommodations.
Full payment is due at registration and can be made via credit card (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express), PayPal, or e-check drawn on a U.S. bank only.
Please consider adding a tax-deductible donation to your registration. Your generosity allows us to offer programs like this more widely.
If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend, contact us by email to email@example.com.
Should you need to cancel, you may do so with a full refund until February 25, 2018. Cancellations between February 26 and March 6 will be charged a fee equal to 50% of the monies paid. From March 6, no refund is available.
Tergar Ösel Ling Monastery
The teachings will be held in a large outdoor tent on the grounds of the monastery. Both chairs and meditation mats will be provided. Please indicate your preference during registration.
Note: Meditation cushions will not be provided. If you need to use a cushion, please bring one from home, or purchase one locally in Nepal.
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Getting to Tergar Ösel Ling:
Please see last few pages in FAQ sheet.
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For those of you uncertain about travelling to Nepal and concerned about getting to your hotel from the airport, there are several options for you:
Hotel pick up – You might want to check if your hotel offers a complimentary pick-up service.
Pre-paid taxi service – There are pre-paid taxis that you can take from the airport at reasonable rates.
Tergar has hired a local concierge service, DoKora, to provide Airport Welcome. If you are arriving between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on March 5, 6, and 10, they will be waiting outside the terminal building and will be identifiable with a “Tergar” sign. They will help you find the prepaid (or regular) taxis.
You can let DoKora know of your exact flight and arrival times/days by going to their website. If you’re arriving between 10 a.m. and after 11 p.m. (on March 5/6/10) you don’t need to input your flight information as they will be waiting. If your flight gets delayed after 11 p.m., you can call them at +977 9818 686416 if you would like them to wait for you.
There are more details in the FAQ document.
Mingyur Rinpoche will teach in English, and there will be translation into Chinese, Russian, and Nepali. We are looking into the possibility of having simultaneous translation into French, German, and Spanish as well. Please indicate during registration if translation is requested.
If English is not your first language, and you would like some assistance with the registration process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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