FAQs

Firstly, all of our curriculum is centered around original manuscripts composed by Mingyur Rinpoche himself, allowing for an unparalleled training in his meditation system. And, secondly, all Tergar Institute programming is intimate, providing direct contact with Mingyur Rinpoche and his senior monastic teachers and facilitating a transformative container to explore the tradition within. The Foundations of Buddhist Experience course specifically focuses on the three vehicles (yanas) and the various elements of the view, meditation, and application connected to each approach.  This includes exploration of original texts and traditions central to the Tibetan Buddhist lineage.

Yes! We will be rolling out a multi-year program that covers all the major aspects of the tradition in the years to come. The Foundations of Buddhist Experience course represents the first step in the Tergar Institute curriculum.

All students are required to complete the Foundations of Buddhist Experience course before moving onto the higher levels. This is in service of a comprehensive, step-by-step training. 

We are actively exploring accreditation in Europe, North America, and throughout Asia. Our intention is to accredit our course of study at the Master’s degree level. 

You will have the opportunity to study and practice with Rinpoche in small group sessions during the first section of the Foundations of Buddhist Experience course.

Mingyur Rinpoche will join for the first section of the program, providing the pith instructions on the topics that we explore. After this, the broader teaching team will guide participants through an intensive study and practice period, aimed at helping participants digest these profound teachings. During the multi-year program, Mingyur Rinpoche will be a featured presenter in each course you take.

Personal practice and study time is critical to the Tergar Institute curriculum. This aspect of our study-practice will help you establish consistency for when you return home.

The Tergar Institute is an independent organization from both Tergar International and Tergar Asia. However, we work collaboratively with both organizations as our missions overlap.

No. There is no obligation to become a Buddhist to participate in the Foundations of Buddhist Experience Course. The course, however, will be Buddhist focused and will unfold through a contemplative curriculum that is deeply personal in nature. We do require that all students bring a sense of curiosity and have completed Mingyur Rinpoche’s Joy of Living level 1 course at a minimum before joining this program.

We do have a small number of single rooms. However, the large majority of participants will be asked to share a room. We will give preference to people with medical situations that require single rooms.

The reality is that Kathmandu is one of the most polluted cities in the world. The good thing, however, is that the Tergar Institute is about 500 feet (or 150 meters) above Kathmandu city, making the air much cleaner. Moreover, the Institute faces out from the city toward the Himalayas, bringing refreshing mountain air.

We highly recommend that all participants visit a travel clinic before coming to the Tergar Institute to discuss preventative medicine.

We require all participants to have travelers’ insurance that covers personal health. In the case of emergency, Institute staff will help you access quality care and help manage any necessary arrangements.

The Tergar Institute monitors major international health organizations, such as the WHO and CDC, and International SOS in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic. We feel at present that the degree and prevalence of risks associated with Covid-19 have lessened to the degree that it is acceptable to continue with an in-person program. We also have relationships with international clinics in Kathmandu should you contract Covid-19 and require care.

We will provide three nutritious vegetarian meals a day, as well as snacks and drinks. Our cooks try their best to accommodate international taste buds, and the food is pretty yummy :).

We will have a range of support staff on the ground in Nepal, helping to support every aspect of your experience.

We will do our best to accommodate students with any food sensitivities and allergies. However, many of the products available elsewhere in the world, such as nondairy milks and cheeses, are not available currently in Nepal. If you have specific dietary restrictions, please contact us directly.