Date(s) - August 8, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Tergar European Summer Retreat 2016
With Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Mingyur Rinpoche is offering a practice intensive residential retreat between 8 and 14 August at Vajradhara Ling in Normandie, France. Rinpoche will offer two different tracks during the retreat: Awareness, Compassion and Wisdom: Essential Teachings on the Joy of Living and Exploring the Nature of Mind: Heart Advice on the Path of Awakening. Both tracks will include teachings with Rinpoche with one track being held in the morning, the other in the afternoon, as well as several practice sessions. Please note that Awareness, Compassion and Wisdom is open to all retreat participants, while those who wish to take part in the Nature of Mind teachings will need to have fulfilled one of the prerequisites listed below.
Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom: Essential Teachings on the Joy of Living
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 path of meditation practice that was created by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Rooted in the Buddhist teachings of Tibet, these practices work 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 offers a rare opportunity to explore the practice of meditation with Mingyur Rinpoche. This is the first time that he will present the essence of the Joy of Living teachings in Europe, sharing insights from his own experience and illuminating key points on the cultivation of awareness, compassion, and wisdom. He will also introduce new elements that he himself practiced during his extended retreat, including breathing practices and physical exercises.
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 experienced meditators a chance to deepen their practice and understanding.
Note: This retreat will run concurrently with Exploring the Nature of Mind: Heart Advice on the Path of Awakening. One teaching session will be held each day for each retreat, in addition to practice sessions.
Exploring the Nature of Mind: Heart Advice on the Path of Awakening
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 practice retreat presents a rare opportunity to receive in-depth teachings on the nature of mind from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. 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. In addition to teachings on the nature of mind, Mingyur Rinpoche will also offer teachings on the foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism (ngöndro), a set of meditations that help undo habits and patterns that keep us from recognizing our true nature.
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).
Note: This retreat will run concurrently with Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom: Essential Teachings on the Joy of Living. One teaching session will be held each day for each retreat, in addition to practice sessions.
If you would like to attend this teaching, you need to meet at least one of these requirements:
1) Have attended all three Joy of Living levels and completed the practice requirements
2) Have previously attended the Path of Liberation Level I or Mahamudra Level I with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and completed its practice requirements or will complete them prior to the retreat.
3) Have completed the full preliminary practices (the 4 x 100,000 ngöndro).
4) Have received pointing out teachings from a qualified Buddhist lineage holder (a tulku or rinpoche).
5) 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.
6) Have attended at least the first three years of Tai Situ Rinpoche’s Mahamudra teachings on the Ocean of Certainty.
The teachings will be offered in English. Simultaneous translation via headphones in French, German, Spanish and Russian will be available according to the partcipants’ need.
8-14 August 2016
Vajradhara Ling Buddhist Centre
Le Château d’Osmont,
Vajradhara Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist center in Aubry-le-Panthou, close to Vimoutiers, a village located about 45 minutes from Lisieux.
For more information about the venue, please click here.
Help to those coming by train from Paris
For those who will arrive by train from Paris to Lisieux, a free shuttle service will be set up between the train station and Vajradhara Ling Center.
Schedule of the shuttle bus
8 August: departure from Lisieux train station at around 3:40 pm
14 August: arrival at Lisieux train station at around 2:00 pm
Schedule of trains from Paris, Gare Saint Lazare (Saint Lazare Station) to and from Lisieux station
Departure from Paris Gare Saint Lazare: 1:45pm
Arrival in Lisieux: 3:26pm
Departure from Lisieux: 2:41pm
Arrival at Paris Saint Lazare: 4:24pm
Links for booking train tickets and car rental services:
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Accommodation in Vajradhara Ling, participation at one of the teaching, and three meals a day:
Double Room: 510 € / person
Triple or quadruple room: 465 € / person
Dormitory bed: 440 € / person
Camping: 365 € / person
Accommodation in Vajradhara Ling, participation at both teachings, and three meals a day:
Double Room: 550 € / person
Triple or quadruple room: 505 € / person
Dormitory bed: 480 € / person
Camping: 405 € / person
Registration and payment
Once you have have completed your registration, you will receive a message with confirmation of your request and information for the payment process.
Please note that your registration and room reservation will only become confirmed when you send an unrefundable deposit of 250 € within 15 days after your registration.
If you have any questions about registration or the retreat, please contact:
All questions with regard to the summer retreat must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not contact Vajradhara Ling Center or use any other email addresses to request more details. Your email will be ignored. Therefore, please use only this address: email@example.com.
We will try our best to answer your request or questions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. But due to an enormous number of messages, it may take longer than expected. We really thank you for your patience and kindly ask you to wait until an answer before sending us a new email.
Registration for this event has closed. Please check Mingyur Rinpoche’s other programs in Europe this summer.
Dachang Vajradhara-Ling - Centre Tibétain, Aubry-le-Panthou , France