Date(s) - June 13, 2019 - June 16, 2019
Recognizing the Buddha Within
Teachings on the Practice of White Tara – Path of Liberation Transmission 5
Teachings by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
This retreat is for those who have already attended and completed the practice requirements for Path of Liberation levels 1 through 4.
The Vajrayana path offers many powerful methods to help us recognize our awakened nature. Development stage practices elicit this recognition by harnessing the power of the imagination. In this style of practice, we imagine ourselves to be a fully awakened buddha, surrounded by other enlightened beings and inhabiting a pure realm. This process undermines our habit of seeing ourselves and the world as impure and opens our minds to a vision of the world’s richness and beauty.
In this Path of Liberation Level 5 retreat Mingyur Rinpoche will teach an important development stage practice based on White Tara, who represents the feminine qualities of the awakened heart. Rinpoche will offer practical instructions and important transmissions for this practice, including advanced nature of mind instructions and guidance on working with the imagination and mantra recitation in meditation practice.
The daily schedule will include teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche and 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.
Because these teachings and practices build on each other, deepening our experience and understanding, there are requirements before attending the next level of teachings.
Transmission 5: Recognizing the Buddha Within is open to those individuals who have fully completed the practice requirements of Path of Liberation levels 1 through 4. (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 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. In early June 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche walked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India and began a ‘wandering retreat’ through the Himalayas and the plains of India that lasted four and a half years. When not attending to the monasteries under his care in India and Nepal, Rinpoche spends time each year traveling and teaching worldwide. Read more…
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 Saint Paul, just a few blocks from the Mississippi River. The closest major airport is Minneapolis/Saint Paul International (MSP) – 7 miles or a 20-minute taxi drive away.
Note on the retreat venue: Several community members have told us that holding the Tergar annual retreat at the University of St. Thomas creates a significant burden for many who identify as LGBTQ. This is due to opposition to same-sex marriages and other institutional practices of the Catholic Church, which oversees the University. This year, Tergar staff searched for an alternate venue in the Upper Midwest but did not find one with availability that had sufficient accommodations, large enough meeting spaces, a campus conducive to meditation, and close to an international airport. Tergar is committed to creating a welcoming community for all. Tergar leadership is interested in pursuing ways to create a retreat container at the University of St. Thomas that actively supports our LGBTQ community members and others impacted. If you have any ideas that you would like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check in for retreat begins at 3:00 p.m. on June 13. 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 16, with an optional lunch at noon. 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.
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.
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 there will be less silence in the beginning and end of the retreat and a period of complete silence in the middle.
Program Fee for Commuters: $405 per person. We are not able to offer a rate without meals.
Program Fee with Accommodations: There are four different room options. All options include three (3) nights of accommodations. No accommodations are available pre- and post-event dates.
1. Program Fee $405 plus Single Room in Apartment @$198 = $603 per person; Apartment with four single rooms with shared kitchen, living area and two shared bathrooms. Includes air-conditioning.
2. Program Fee $405 plus Single Dormitory Room @$120 = $525 per person; Traditional style dormitory rooms. Shared common rooms and bathrooms are located in each corridor. Does not include air conditioning.
3. Program Fee $405 plus Double Shared Room in Apartment @$153 = $558 per person; Large room shared by two residents with private bathroom, microwave, and refrigerator. Many rooms include air conditioning.
4. Program Fee $405 plus Double Shared Dormitory Room @$90 = $495 per person; 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.
- Donations: 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.
- Partial Payment: You will have the opportunity to choose to make a 50% deposit while registering with the remaining balance due by May 23. The deposit option will only be available up to 21 days prior to the program.
- Discount for those on a limited income: Tergar offers a 20% discount (less $81) off the program price for those on a limited income, such as seniors and students. Please use the discount code: FAP51920 when registering.
- Requests for Financial Assistance of more than 20% off the program price: 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 and give you further registration instructions.
- Tergar Community Leadership Discount: If you would like to request a discount for leadership enrichment, please complete the request form here. A list of those eligible for the discount is included in the form. We will contact you within five business days to confirm and give you further registration instructions.
All cancellations up to May 1 will be charged a fee of $50. For any cancellations between May 1 and May 23, the fee is $150. After May 23, cancellations are subject to full penalty.
Please Note: If you are interested in attending Exploring the Nature of Mind programs that take place June 7-13 prior to this retreat, you must register separately:
- Path of Liberation Transmission 1 & 2: https://tergar.org/events/exploring-the-nature-of-mind-recognizing-pure-awareness/
- Path of Liberation Transmission 3 & 4: https://tergar.org/events/exploring-the-nature-of-mind-deepening-recognition/
If you have any questions about the retreat or registration, please contact us at:
University of St. Thomas, St Paul MN, United States