Dharma Online: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche to Lead Mahamudra Retreat View

- 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: The View of mahamudra retreat. August 11-14.

"This retreat marks the beginning of Tergar's 2023/24 transmission, 'Mahamudra: A Song of Realization', set to Tilopa's famous Mahamudra text, Mahamudra of the Ganges“, shared Tergar with BDG. “In this first retreat, Mingyur Rinpoche will guide us through the vision of mahamudra, centering the teachings around the root verses of Tilopa. »

Through live teaching and practice sessions, question-and-answer sessions and group meditation, this four-day retreat, which expands on Mingyur Rinpoche's introductory public teaching, "Mahamudra: Songs of realization of the Indian masters", given on August 5*, presents the teaching of Tilopa Mahamudra of the Ganges and develops the vision of mahamudra, with practical advice given directly by Mingyur Rinpoche.

"Being able to receive the profound instructions of Mahamudra from the comfort of your own home is a rare opportunity," Tergar explained. "This is the first time that Mingyur Rinpoche has offered a retreat on Mahamudra of the Ganges in English to Western audiences, so we invite you to join us on this precious occasion.

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 the mind of 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, who is 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 was a key figure in the development of many foundational tantric practices.

For example, in space, what rests on what? In his mind, Mahamudra, there is nothing to show. Rest relaxed in the natural state without attempting to alter anything. If this chain of thought is loosened, there is no doubt that you will be liberated. (Tilopa)

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Image courtesy of Tergar International

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the 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: unlocking the secret and the science of happiness (2007); Joyful Wisdom: Embrace Change and Find 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 Tibetan Buddhist meditative and philosophical traditions from his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920-1996), considered the one of the greatest modern Dzogchen masters, 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 immediately after, serving 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".**

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

* Dharma Online: Mingyur Rinpoche will teach on “Mahamudra: Songs of Realization from Indian Masters” (BDG)

** Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche returns from a four-year retreat in nature (BDG) and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche posts a video offering information after 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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