The monks and nuns of Tergar Monastery
In the late 17th century, the first incarnation of Mingyur Rinpoche was an enlightened, wandering yogi who founded Tergar along with his two sons, both of whom were tulkus (reincarnate lamas). In the beginning, his students gathered in a camp (gar) and teachings were given in a tent. Eventually, they built a monastery (Tergar Rigdzin Kacholing) near Derge in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham. Tergar monastery continues today as the center of learning, and practice of the teachings of the Mingyur Rinpoche’s lineage. The monastery is the educational, cultural and spiritual center of the entire region.
The present Mingyur Rinpoche, the seventh in the Mingyur line, continues to be dedicated to the education and well-being of the monastic community at Tergar monastery. He has asked The Yongey Foundation to do whatever it can to support the monastery. At present, there are approximately 450 monks at the monastery, of which some 150 of them are 10-13 years old. 250 Tergar nuns live in the surrounding area near the monastery. Due to its isolation, and the general poverty of the region, the local community has struggled to support Tergar Monastery.
In response to this request, and in conversation with Mingyur Rinpoche principle teachers, Khenpo Kunga and Lama Trinley (Mingyur Rinpoche’s senior lamas, who both grew up at Tergar Monastery), we’ve developed a modest plan for fulfilling Rinpoche’s request. Lama Trinley’s uncle, Pekar Rinpoche, is the abbot of the monastery. Pekar Rinpoche is the incarnation of one of the two sons of the first Mingyur Rinpoche. The incarnation of the second son, also lives at Tergar Monastery. The first need and desire of the monastic community was to hire the additional teachers needed to insure that the monks and nuns receive the full education they need. In 2013, with the support and generosity of many of Mingyur Rinpoche’s friends and students, the monastery was able to hire a ‘khenpo’ (senior scholar) and the 5 new teachers needed to offer a year round monastic college, (shedra). In this, the shedra's second year, the monks are studying the classic text, The Seven Points of Mind Training, along with the the traditional topics "Lorik", Classifications of Mind, "Tarik", Classifications of Reasons, and "Tsema", logic.
Our goal of just $8000 will go a long way towards insuring that Mingyur Rinpoche’s monks can get the education that they aspire to and need. If just a small handful of Rinpoche's students would be willing to support this initiative, this aspiration can easily become a reality. Any help that you could offer would be appreciated tremendously.
How to help -
Please consider helping us to fulfill Mingyur Rinpoche’s commitment to support the community of his ancestral monastery, Tergar Monastery. An annual pledge, or donation, from a modest number of Mingyur Rinpoche’s dedicated students, will make it possible for the monks and nuns of Tergar to continue their education and training.
You can make a donation - here
A simple yearly budget:
1 Khenpo - $314/mo
x 4 months - $2,512
Five teachers to train the young monks:
1 teacher - $79/mo.
x 10mo. - $790
5 teachers – $3,950
Supplies - $911 - (books, paper, pencils, etc )
1 Khenpo - $1257
5 teachers - $3143
Supplies - $1,500
Total - $7,962/yr.