Dharma Online: Practicing Mahamudra with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

- through Henry Oudin

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Image courtesy of Tergar International

The Tergar meditation community, founded by revered Dharma teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, has announced that Mingyur Rinpoche will be leading an online retreat titled "The Song of Realization of Tilopa: Practicing Mahamudra from November 10 to 13.

“In this retreat we will focus on the seventh topic of The Mahamudra of the Ganges root text of the enlightened Indian master Tilopa – the way to practice Mahamudra,” Tergar said in an announcement shared with BDG. “Using the foundational verses of Tilopa as a basis, Mingyur Rinpoche will guide us through the meaning of these profound instructions and teach us how to apply them in our own lives, not only in formal practice but also in our daily lives. »

The four-day program will include live teachings, question-and-answer sessions, and practice sessions with Mingyur Rinpoche, as well as teaching sessions with Lama Trinley, question-and-answer sessions with Tergar guides, and meditation. of group. Topics covered will include: how to practice Mahamudra using the root verses of The Mahamudra of the Ganges; how to use these teachings in your meditation practice; and how to apply the teachings in daily life.

“If you wish to deepen your understanding and practice of Mahamudra, the The Mahamudra of the Ganges the teachings are essential to this tradition and are deeply experiential,” Tergar explained. “This is a unique opportunity to receive instruction in these profound verses from Mingyur Rinpoche, one of the greatest living Mahamudra meditation masters of our time. »

Prerequisites to participate in the retreat:

• Have participated in a Tergar Path of Liberation Level 2 retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche or Khenpo Kunga.


• Having received ngondro transmission and nature of mind from a qualified lineage holder, and have had at least five years of regular meditation practice.

Tilopa (988-1069) was an Indian mahasiddha, or great tantric adept, known in Tibet as the originator of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the teacher of mahasiddha Naropa (1016-1100). Tilopa was an accomplished meditator with a deep understanding of the nature of mind and a key figure in the development of many foundational tantric practices.

It is beyond being an object of conceptual focus, and the nature of mind is lucidity. There is no path to walk, and yet in this way you enter the path of Buddhahood. (Tilopa)

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Image courtesy of Tergar International

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, founder of the Tergar meditation community, which has centers and practice groups around the world, is a renowned Dharma teacher and bestselling author whose books include: The joy of living: discovering the secret and the science of happiness (2007); Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom (2009); And Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Fundamental Practices of Tibetan Buddhism (2014)

Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border region between Tibet and Nepal, Mingyur Rinpoche received extensive training in the meditative and philosophical traditions of Tibetan Buddhism from his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920-1996), considered one of the greatest modern masters of Dzogchen, then at Sherab Ling Monastery in northern India. After only two years, at the age of 13, Mingyur Rinpoche entered a three-year meditation retreat, then completed a second one immediately after, as a retreat master. At 23, Rinpoche received full monastic ordination.

Mingyur Rinpoche undertook a solitary four-year wandering retreat through the Himalayas from 2011 to 2015. Recounting how he came to terms with the realities of his ambition to practice as a wandering yogi, Rinpoche revealed that he faced many personal and spiritual challenges, including, at one point, his own mortality. Rinpoche described the years he spent wandering the Himalayas as "one of the best times of my life".*

However, it is difficult to let go of the habit of thinking that things exist "out there" in the world or "here". It means letting go of all the illusions you hold dear and recognizing that everything you project, everything you consider "other" is actually a spontaneous expression of your own mind. (Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, 101)

* Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche returns from a four-year wilderness retreat (BDG) and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche posts a video offering insight into his retreat (BDG)

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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