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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Mingyur Rinpoche in 2016
Religion Kagyu Nyingma
Born 1975
Senior posting
Title Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (born 1975)[1] is a Tibetan teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He has authored two best-selling books and oversees the Tergar Meditation Community, a global network of Buddhist meditation centers.


Mingyur Rinpoche was born in Nepal in 1975. His brothers are Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche and his nephews are Phakchok Rinpoche and Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. From the age of nine, his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, taught him meditation, passing on to him the most essential instructions of the Dzogchen and Mahamudra traditions.[1]

At the age of eleven, Mingyur Rinpoche began studies at Sherab Ling Monastery[ in northern India, the seat of Tai Situ Rinpoche. Two years later, Mingyur Rinpoche began a traditional three-year retreat at Sherab Ling.[1] At age twenty, Mingyur Rinpoche became the functioning abbot of Sherab Ling.[1] At twenty-three, he received full monastic ordination.[1] During this time, Mingyur Rinpoche received important Dzogchen transmissions from Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.[1] At the age of nineteen, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute, where, under the tutelage of the renowned Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk, he studied the primary topics of the Buddhist academic tradition, including Middle Way philosophy and Buddhist logic.

Rinpoche has overseen the Kathmandu Tergar Osel Ling Monastery, founded by his father, since 2010. He also opened a shedra (monastic college) at the monastery.[2]

In June 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya to begin a period of extended retreat. Rinpoche left in the middle of the night, taking nothing with him, but leaving a farewell letter.[3]

He spent four years as a wandering yogi.[4]


  • The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness, Harmony Books, 2007. ISBN 978-0-307-34625-4
  • Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, Harmony Books, April 2009. ISBN 978-0307407795
  • Ziji, the Puppy who Learned to Meditate, Tergar International, 2009
  • Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism (Boulder: Snow Lion, 2014)


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  • The Causes of Anxiety and Suffering
    Description: In this teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the panic attacks that he experienced as a child and how he used compassion and calm-abiding meditation to free himself from anxiety. Mingyur Rinpoche teaches these forms of meditation in his Joy of Living Level 1(Calming the Mind) and Level 2 (Opening the Heart) courses. You can discuss this monthly teaching in the Monthly Teachings Forum of learning.tergar.org under the topic The Causes of Anxiety and Suffering.

    To learn more about meditation or about Mingyur Rinpoche and his teachings, please visit the Tergar Meditation Community online

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