Tergar Bozeman Practice Group

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Practices/Teachings

Meeting Times:
Wednesdays: 5:30-7 PM (Mountain Time);
Tea Social Time: 5:00-5:25 PM
In person and via Zoom
Co-Leaders: Sheila Devitt & Janet Dochnahl
Email: bozemantergar@gmail.com

Ter is a Tibetan word for treasure,  Gar means gathering.  So, Tergar can be understood as a place where people come together to find the sublime treasure … that helps us calm our minds, open our hearts and awaken wisdom.

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7 PM (Mountain Time)

Please arrive in the meditation hall by 5:25.   

If you are new to meditation, please come at 5:15 to receive instruction on how to sit on a cushion (if you choose, chairs are also available). Each evening there are two guided meditations, which will give beginning instructions of meditation. The practice coordinator for the evening can update you on what the group is currently studying and practicing.  

We look foward to meeting you.

All are welcome!

Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar Meditation Practice Group of Bozeman gathers to study and practice meditation. Mingyur Rinpoche’s approach to meditation focuses on the practice of mindful awareness, which unlocks the door to a calm mind, compassionate heart, and insight into the challenges of day-to-day life. Rinpoche’s teachings emphasize universal principles that are of profound benefit to people of all faiths and belief systems.

Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner wanting to deepen your practice, please join us. Each session will include guided meditation and group discussion. Our meetings are free and open to all.

Monthly Session Topics

The Six Paramitas – The Path of Compassionate Action

Join us this month while we deeply study and practice the key points of the first two paramitas: generosity and ethical conduct. We’ll investigate the meaning and logic of each and how to bring them alive in our everyday lives.

June 5 – Generosity – Deepening
June 12 – Generosity – Practice Session
June 19 – Ethical Conduct – Opening
June 26 – Ethical Conduct – Deepening

What is this course about?

In this course, we’ll deeply explore the Bodhisattva path, learning and practicing the key points of the six paramitas: generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom. We’ll investigate the meaning and logic of each of the paramitas and learn how to bring them alive in our everyday lives. While much of the presentation of this course will be offered through a Buddhist lens, we will be borrowing from a wide variety of traditions and disciplines. The training in love, compassion and wisdom and caring for the world is at the heart of all great philosophic and spiritual traditions and is a natural calling in all of us.

What does this program include?

The program includes video teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche and contemporary teachers, introductions by Tergar instructors, instructions on the key points, along with a few supplementary readings and quotes to deepen our understanding. Included will be a downloadable Student Handbook. Each topic will be presented over 3 weeks.

All are welcome to join us in this exploration of these beautiful teachings and practices.  

Those who are subscribed to our weekly newsletter will receive additional information and practice tools related to the topic.


NEW!     Nectar of the Path Practice    Sunday’s 8 am to 8:45 am – online ( NOT the BDC zoom link)     What is this practice about?This practice “Nectar of the Path” was written by Mingyur Rinpoche to be practiced by any of his students however experienced they might be. “Nectar” signifies a distillation  of something very precious and nourishing. Nectar of the Path is a complete practice encompassing all of the essential aspects of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. In this practice we mix contemplation and meditation, alternating periods of each and chanting in Tibetan and some visualization.

If you are interested in joining this practice group, or have questions,  please send an email to bozemantergarsmd@gmail.com .  Information on the practice, the practice liturgy and the zoom link will be sent to you. 

General Schedule

5:00 – 5:25 Tea Social Time
5:15 Newcomer Instruction
5:25 Gather
5:30 Opening Aspiration
Participants check in on their practice
Meditation (15-20 minutes)
Group discussions on particular questions related to the current topic.
Meditation (15-20 minutes)
7:00 Closing Dedication
* We do two 10 min walking meditations every 3rd week in the Practice only session

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