“Mindfulness” and “meditation” have become omnipresent over the recent years.

But sadly, there are many popular yet wrong ideas about meditation. For instance, many people believe that in meditation, you’re supposed to think of nothing, and completely empty your mind; or that you have to concentrate really hard and never get distracted; or that you need to force yourself to enter a particular state of peace and calmness. As a result, many people, after trying meditation for a couple of times or even just hearing about these ideas, conclude that “This is too hard! I can’t do it! Maybe meditation is not my cup of tea.”

The idea of “mindfulness” originates from ancient meditation traditions. It’s exactly because most people lack enough understanding about meditation, so many wrong ideas exist, preventing people from enjoying the real benefits of meditation effortlessly.

So you may wonder — What really is meditation? What’s the origin of meditation? How is it different from mindfulness? How can its benefits be proven by modern science? How can these seemingly ancient meditation techniques benefit modern life?

In this public teaching, our beloved teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche will answer the questions that many people want to know about.

2023 Tergar Asia Public Teaching – What Meditation Really Is


  • Date and time: March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

20:30 – 22:00 (Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei Time)

  • Language: Rinpoche will teach in English. Translation will be available in Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai
  • Teaching topics:
    1. The Origin and Traditions of Meditation
    2. The Common Misunderstandings of Meditation
    3. Meditation and the Power of Aspiration
    4. The Science of Meditation
    5. Meditation and Working with Consciousness
    6. Meditation in Modern Life
    7. Meditation and Education
    8. Some Words for the Practitioner

Zoom ID: 829 3749 4669

Password: 733826

This program is open to all, free of charge. Anyone is welcome to join.


About Mingyur Rinpoche

Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned meditation teacher with personal experience of anxiety and panic attacks, which he suffered from throughout his childhood and into his teenage years, when he learned to transform his panic through meditation.

Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal, Mingyur Rinpoche began to study meditation as a young boy with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, himself a well-respected Buddhist teacher. From a young age, Rinpoche spent many years of his childhood in strict retreat. At the age of seventeen, he was invited to be a teacher at his monastery’s three-year retreat center, a position rarely held by such a young lama. In addition to extensive training in the meditative and philosophical traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Mingyur Rinpoche has also had a lifelong interest in Western science and psychology. In 2002, Mingyur Rinpoche and a handful of other long-term meditators were invited to the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin, where Richard Davidson, Antoine Lutz, and other scientists examined the effects of meditation on the brains of advanced meditators. The results of this groundbreaking research were reported in many of the world’s most widely read publications, including National Geographic and Time.

Currently, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on four continents. His candid, often humorous accounts of his own personal difficulties have endeared him to thousands of students around the world. In his approach to teaching meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche integrates traditional Buddhist practice and philosophy with the current scientific understanding of the mind and mental health – making the practice of meditation relevant and accessible to students around the world. 

His best-selling book, “The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness”, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. Rinpoche’s most recent book is “In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying”, a rare and intimate account of his near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it. In 2022, Rinpoche was invited to speak at TED Conference to share his meditation experience with a global audience.