Tergar Bozeman

Joy of Living Practice Group

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

All are welcome!
Group Coordinator: Sheila Devitt
Email: bozeman@tergar.org

We are a practice group within the Tergar International Meditation Community under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Based on the Joy of Living teachings of Mingyur Rinpoche, our weekly meditation group explores awareness meditation techniques designed to calm the mind, open the heart, and awaken wisdom.

Each week we will explore a different topic, using guided meditations, video teachings from Rinpoche, short readings from his first book, The Joy of Living, as well as group discussion and ways to apply these practices to daily life.

We are using Mingyur Rinpoche’s book The Joy of Living as a supplement to our sessions to give greater context to the practices we share.   It can be purchased by order at Country Bookshelf or online at Amazon

If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner and would like to deepen your practice, please join us as we learn how to transform the challenges of day-to-day life into sources of joy and inner peace. Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings offer a fresh, accessible approach to these ancient practices. Drop in any time. All are welcome.

Monthly Session Topics

Meditation with Open Awareness in Difficult Times (March 1, 8, 15)

Challenging situations like, illness, the loss of a job or a loved one, and problems at home or at work are often times when our emotions take over and we feel  powerless to manage our inner lives. One way that we can learn to stay centered in the midst of emotional turmoil is to relax into open awareness. Instead of running from difficult situations or acting out, simply relax the mind and embrace the situation with a gentle touch of awareness. 

Joy of Living is a path of meditation practice that can be followed by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural orientation. Though rooted in the ancient Buddhist teachings of Tibet, the practices in the Joy of Living are not religious in nature. They deal with basic functions of the mind, such as mindful awareness and the movements toward happiness and away from suffering. In working with these qualities of mind, we gradually transform our relationship to present–moment experience, learning to approach every thought, feeling, emotion and sensory experience with unconditional warmth and acceptance.

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“After years of meditating, mostly on my own, the Tergar Joy of Living program accelerated both my growth and my commitment to meditation and study. It’s such a natural inclusion now in my daily life. Most of all, though, I appreciate how it brought me into a community of folks who share in and help support my commitment and JOY! in learning and practicing more.”


“Tergar and Mingyur Rinpoche’s Joy of Living Course was a wonderful way for me to start my 
Meditation practice. I found the course to be an excellent and clear introduction to the foundational principles of meditation.Mingyur Rinpoche is a wise, funny and compassionate teacher whom I found so accessible and enjoyable to learn from. I encourage anyone interested in exploring mediation to join in.”  


“I practiced for many years in several traditions and the Joy of Living program deepened my understanding and practice in a multitude of ways and brought clarity to what it means to rest in awareness. I am ever grateful to Mingyur Rinpoche and his clear, accessible, sequential, witty teaching approach”.


“Mingyur Rinpoche’s Joy of Living program has given new life and depth to my
meditation practice. After meditating for nearly 30 years and training with many great
meditation teachers, monks, Roshi’s, Lama’s and Rinpoches, I thought JOL might be
too rudimentary. But with ‘beginners mind’ mostly on board I thought I’d give it a try. I’d
heard from other experienced meditators that it was multidimensional in that the
teachings resonate with first time meditators as well as deeply speak to decades long
practitioners. I’ve found that to be exactly the case. Mingyur Rinpoche is not only a
profoundly deep meditation master, he’s an incredibly gifted teacher. I’m convinced
anyone who puts forth the effort will have their meditation practice positively impacted
by the JOL teachings.”


Learn more about Tergar International!
Find more information about Tergar’s online, self guided Joy of Living 18 month online course, click here (requires a monthly membership fee).