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Buddhist Meditation Study Group

We are students of Buddhist teachings and meditation practices working with Mingyur Rinpoche's Joy of Living course. Our intention is to learn, support, and inspire each other to deepen our respective practices and make the most of the course materials.

Who can join?

Anyone with an interest in the Joy of Living course is welcome to join. Regular attendance and committed practice will yield the most benefit, but all interested persons are welcome to attend our meetings.

What is the Joy of Living?

The Joy of Living is a course of meditation study and practice that can be followed by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural orientation. The course was designed by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche primarily to:

  1. offer comprehensive meditation training for those who are interested in learning how to meditate in a secular format, and
  2. provide a grounding in basic principles and practices for those who are interested in more traditional Buddhist practice.

The goal of this program is to discover lasting contentment that is not subject to the fluctuating conditions of the external world and to nurture the wisdom and compassion that manifest naturally from awareness. Meditation is used to explore the landscape of the heart and mind and uncover the richness of the present moment.

Though rooted in Buddhist teachings, the practices taught in the Joy of Living are not religious in nature. They deal with basic functions of the mind, such as awareness, and the movements toward happiness and away from suffering. Through these practices we gradually transform our relationship to present–moment experience and learn to approach every thought, feeling, and sensory experience with unconditional warmth and acceptance.

Who is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche?

Mingyur Rinpoche is a well-known teacher grounded in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is the guiding teaching of the Tergar Meditation Community which provides extensive programing for the dissemination of Buddhist teachings.

  • Was drawn to meditation from a very young age.
  • Learned meditation from his father Tulku Rinpoche, who was himself a renowned teacher.
  • Received extensive formal training. Went on his first three-year retreat when he was 13.
  • Took a break from teaching to deepen his own practice by living as beggar over the course of a 4½ year wandering retreat in India. See In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying
  • Has a rare ability to present profound teachings in a fresh, clear, and engaging manner.
  • Has had a lifelong interest in science and is an active participant in the ongoing dialogue between some of the world's leading scientists and Buddhist meditators.

When and where do we meet?

We meet Friday from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Baker room, second floor
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
21600 Shaker Boulevard • Shaker Heights, Oh 44122
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Other Joy Of Living resources

The Joy of Living is taught as series of weekend retreats and as a series of online courses. See https://tergar.org/ for more information.