27th Feb-2nd March, 2014

The Joy of Living Level I: Calming the Mind

Residential Workshop with Tergar Instructor Myoshin Kelley

The Joy of Living Level I: Calming the Mind

Residential Workshop with Tergar Instructor Myoshin Kelley

27th Feb-2nd March, 2014






In this weekend meditation workshop we will learn how cultivating awareness can help create a peaceful mind and joyful heart. The practice of meditation enables us to transform all experiences, even difficult emotions and painful thoughts, into sources of joy. Over the course of this four day residential workshop, we will explore the landscape of our experience with mindful awareness, learning how to use the body, sensory experiences, thoughts, emotions, and even awareness itself as supports for meditation.

This is an entry program to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s wonderfully fresh and accessible teachings. It offers step by step instructions that will benefit those new to meditation and inspire those who have an existing practice. It is suitable for people of all faiths, as well as both beginning and experienced meditators. The schedule for this weekend workshop includes DVD teachings by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, presentations on the key points of meditation practice, as well as guided meditations and discussion guided by Tergar Instructor Myoshin.

Both residential and commuter options are available. For further information regarding the content of the Joy of Living Level I workshop, please contact dharamsala@tergar.org.




Thursday, 27th morning

to Sunday, 2nd evening



Deer Park Institute

Bir, District Kangra,

Himachal Pradesh 176 077 India



By donation


Phone No:

+91 - 1894 - 268 508


info@deerpark.in and volunteer@deerpark.in


About Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters.  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 Timesbestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages.  Rinpoche currently teaches throughout the world, with centers on four continents. Read more...


About Tergar Instructor Myoshin Kelley

Myoshin Kelley attended her first meditation retreat in 1975 at the age of 20. Through the ensuing years she has received dharma instructions from several renowned Buddhist meditation masters in the Theravada, Zen and Vajrayana traditions. She has practiced extensively with the Burmese meditation masters Chanmyay Sayadaw, Sayadaw U Pandita, and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In the early 1990s Myoshin received meditation instruction from the Soto Zen master Hogen Yamahata. Her desire (or long-term meditation practice) has taken her to Burma on several occasions.

In 1994 she accompanied her husband, Edwin, to the insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA, where she was trained as a meditation instructor by Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzburg. Since then she has been teaching meditation in a number of places throughout North America, in 2003 she was appointed the teacher in residence at the Forest Refuge, the long-term practice center at IMS.

Myoshin was introduced to Vajrayana teachings in 1993 and met Mingyur Rinpoche in 1998 when he first visited the US with his brother Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Since then she has practiced with Mingyur Rinpoche in North America and Asia benefiting from his skillful, lucid instructions on the profound teachings of Mahamudra. She moved to Minneapolis in 2010 to help support Mingyur Rinpoche in his world-wide vision and lead programs internationally and locally.



What is the Joy of Living?

The Joy of Living is a path of meditation practice that can be followed by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural orientation. Meditation enables us to discover a lasting contentment that is not subject to the fluctuating conditions of the external world, and to nurture the qualities of wisdom and compassion that naturally manifest from awareness itself.

Though rooted in the ancient Buddhist teachings of Tibet, the practices taught in the Joy of Living are not religious in nature. They deal with basic functions of the mind, such as mindful awareness and the movements 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 every thought, feeling, and sensory experience with unconditional warmth and acceptance. Read more...

The Joy of Living program contains three levels:

  • Calming the Mind
  • Opening the Heart
  • Awakening Wisdom


Level I: Calming the Mind

In the first level of the Joy of Living, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how awareness meditation can be used to create a peaceful mind and joyful heart. Awareness meditation allows us to use any situation or experience, even difficult emotions and physical pain, as a gateway to inner peace.

In this level, you will learn:

  • How to rest in open awareness, a state of spacious and alert presence
  • How to use visual objects, sounds, tastes, and other sense objects as supports for awareness in meditation
  • How to transform your relationship to physical pain, difficult emotions, and destructive thought patterns using the practice of awareness meditation
  • How to deal with distractions and obstacles in meditation, such as excessive thought activity, sleepiness, and discouragement
  • How to start a daily meditation practice, including the correct meditation posture and the ideal length of a meditation session


Level II: Opening the Heart

In the second level of the Joy of Living, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how meditating on love, compassion, joy and equanimity can open our hearts to the world around us and decrease the self-fixation that lies at the root of suffering.

In this level, you will learn:

  • How our tendency to fixate on our own wellbeing creates anxiety and suffering
  • How positive mental states like love and compassion erode the causes of dissatisfaction
  • How these positive mental states can be cultivated through meditation
  • How ordinary experiences, and even “negative” factors like difficult emotions and physical pain, can be transformed into sources of empathy and compassion using the practice of meditation


Level III: Awakening Wisdom

In the third level of the Joy of Living, Mingyur Rinpoche offers guidance on the practice of insight meditation, a profound form of meditation that uproots the causes of anxiety and suffering.

In this level, you will learn:

  • How to use insight meditation to break through the distorted ideas that create confusion and suffering
  • How to see beyond superficial thoughts and emotions to the basic goodness that lies within
  • How our rigid beliefs about ourselves and the world around us keep us locked in a cycle of dissatisfaction and anxiety
  • How to see things as they actually are, rather than the mistaken version of reality that we project onto the world







For more information about Mingyur Rinpoche’s worldwide meditation community, please visit www.tergar.org