THE YONGEY FOUNDATION
SUPPORTING MINGYUR RINPOCHE’S Activities in Nepal and India
Mingyur Rinpoche founded the Yongey Foundation in 2003 to support his worldwide activities which included the building of Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, the support of the young monks there, arranging for Rinpoche’s teaching tours and the publication of his books, The Joy of Living, Joyful Wisdom and Turning Confusion Into Clarity. In 2009 the newly created Tergar International took over the responsibility of supporting Rinpoche’s teachings activities and his many centers that make up his worldwide meditation community. With Tergar International in place, Mingyur Rinpoche then asked that The Yongey Foundation turn its attention to supporting his monastic communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India.
Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya -
In 1999, Tai Situ Rinpoche asked Mingyur Rinpoche to build a new monastery in Bodhgaya and in 2000 he gave a suitable parcel of land to Mingyur Rinpoche for that purpose. Construction of Pal Tergar Rigdzin Khacho Shedrup Targye Ling was completed in 2006, and by 2010 around 300 monks from India, Nepal, and Tibet had come to study there.
Tergar Ösel Ling Center for Transformative Learning -
Upon returning from his 4 ½ year retreat, Mingyur Rinpoche was deeply saddened to see the extensive damage done to Ösel Ling Monastery by the earthquake that struck Nepal in the spring of 2015. In response, Rinpoche has decided to rebuild and expand Ösel Ling to become a home and study center for his monks, a place of training and experiential learning for his international students, and a school for underprivileged children from the surrounding regions.
Tergar International oversees the activities of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche outside of Asia. Our activities include the creation of materials for practice and study, training programs for meditation instructors and facilitators, programs that serve the entire worldwide community of Mingyur Rinpoche’s students, and the scheduling of Rinpoche’s teaching tours.
Tergar Monastery in eastern Tibet -
Mingyur Rinpoche is dedicated to the education and well-being of the monks and nuns of the ancestral monastery of the Mingyur lineage in eastern Tibet, Pal Tergar Rigdzin Khacho Targye Ling. 450 monks live and study at there, of which some 150 of them are 10 -13 years old. 250 Tergar nuns live in the surrounding area near the monastery. Due to the isolation of the monastery, and the general poverty of the region, the families of monks and nuns have struggled to support the monastery. For more information about the tergar monks and nuns in Nepal, please contact us.
Tergar nuns -
It has long been Mingyur Rinpoche’s sincerest wish to support the education and practice of the more than 200 nuns in the region of Tergar monastery in Tibet who follow the Mingyur lineage. In the past, the nuns occupied two small nunneries in the area, but these were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Consequently, these nuns, having no permanent monastic home, have to live with their families in the area around Tergar monastery. For their education and training they travel to Yachen monastery, a full day’s journey. Yachen monastery, until his recent passing away, was under the guidance of the great master, Achuk Rinpoche. For more information about the Tergar nuns, please contact us.