2020 Tergar Annual Retreat – FAQ
Q: Could someone new to the Joy of Living programme register for both Level 1 and 2 courses?
A: To register for the Joy of Living Level 2 online retreat, you must have already attended the Level 1 course and completed the homework of 50 hours of formal meditation practice. Since the Level 2 online retreat will be held only three weeks after the Level 1 online retreat, there is hardly enough time for participants to finish the required homework for Level 1. Hence, we will not accept registration for both Levels 1 and 2 from someone new to the Joy of Living programme.
Tergar Asia has in the past offered the Joy of Living Level 1 and 2 courses jointly to newcomers during its annual retreats. This was because the conducive environment of an in-person retreat makes intensive practice possible, thus allowing participants to quickly gain the experience they need to progress on the path. Such conditions are lacking in an online retreat.
Mingyur Rinpoche has repeatedly reminded us to abide by the homework requirement, as it is important to learn step by step. The Joy of Living Level 1 is the very important foundation of the entire Tergar meditation programme, therefore we encourage all participants to fully experience the online retreat and give themselves sufficient time to complete the required homework before registering for the next-level course.
Q: What are the prerequisites of the Joy of Living meditation courses? What are the homework requirements?
A: The Joy of Living is a path of meditation study and practice that can be followed by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural orientation. The Joy of Living programme contains three levels. Apart from Level 1, there are prerequisites for joining Levels 2 and 3. All three levels also have homework requirements.
For more information about the Joy of Living programme, please click here.
For details on the prerequisites and homework requirements, please see the JOL course map.
Q: What are the prerequisites for the Path of Liberation courses? What are the homework requirements?
A: The Path of Liberation is an experiential path of meditation built on the foundational teachings of the Joy of Living, It containts five levels, and each level has its own prerequisites for joining and homework requirements.
For an introduction on the Path of Liberation programme, please click here.
For details on the prerequisites and homework requirements, please see the Path of Liberation course map.
Q: What software do I need to attend the online retreats/courses?
A: The retreats and courses will be hosted on Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before, please take a moment before the retreat begins to download, install, and familiarise yourself with the software.
Download the Zoom app here, and visit its FAQ page. Take the Zoom test well before the retreat begins to make sure you have the most updated version of the software and that your equipment and connections work properly.
To attend the teaching and practice sessions, log into Tergar Asia’s learning website using the personal link emailed to you, click the Join button, and log into your Zoom account when prompted.
Q: If others in my family also want to join the retreat/course, do we have to enrol separately?
A: All who wish to enrol for the retreat/course should do so separately, so that they each have access to the course materials on the Tergar Asia Learning page. However, depending on your set-up at home, you may choose to attend the retreat together using one computer device.
Please also note that the email address you use to register for one retreat/course cannot be used to register another person in the same retreat/course. Furthermore, the email address used for enrollment must be the same one used for your Zoom account.
Q: How do I know I have successfully registered for the retreat/course?
A: We will send you a confirmation email within two days of your registration. The confirmation email will contain a personalized link that you can use later to access the Tergar Asia Learning page, which will contain a link to access the retreat and other course information.
If you don’t receive the confirmation email within two days, please write to us with the name and email address you used for registration:
Q: If I am unable to fill in the electronic form or make payment by credit card, how else can I register for the retreat/course?
A: We suggest you request help from a friend with a credit card, who will be able to fill in the form for you and make payment on your behalf. Please make sure the personal information on the form is yours, including your email address. If another email address is used for registration, you will not be able to receive the course information and link to access the retreat.
Q: How do I attend the retreat/course after registration?
A: Please retain your confirmation email and keep it safe. Before the course starts, use the personalized link contained in your confirmation email to access the Tergar Asia Learning page.On this page, you will find information on the enrolled course(s), and the link to access the event (the Zoom webinar will be open 15-30 minutes before the session begins).
Q: Where can I find the course material?
A: The organizer will upload the course material on the Tergar Asia Learning page. Please use the personalized link contained in your confirmation email to access the page.
Q: If I could not fully attend the retreat/course due to internet disruption (or other unavoidable reasons), would I be considered as having completed the course?
A: You must fully attend the retreat/course to be considered as having completed it. In case of disruption, we suggest you retake the course at a later date.
Q: What are the hours I need to put in to complete the retreat/course?
A: Please refer to the schedule of the retreat/course you wish to attend or have registered for. Participants are expected to fully attend the course. Absence in any of the classes will mean they have to retake the course to progress to the next level of the programme.
Q: May I record the teachings or other sessions of the retreat/course?
A: Rinpoche has instructed that none of the sessions of the retreat/course may be recorded. We ask that everyone abides by this rule.
Q: If I miss a live teaching session, could I watch the recording later?
A: No recordings of the sessions will be provided for rewatching. Participants are expected to fully attend the course. Absence in any of the classes will mean they have to retake the course to progress to the next level of the programme.
Q: Going away to do a retreat is not possible during the Covid-19 pandemic. But since I don't live on my own, my home environment is not conducive for a quiet retreat. Do I still meet the requirement for attending this online retreat?
A: Try your best to make arrangements for a conducive environment. This is one way of showing respect for Rinpoche’s teachings. For example, you may use earphones to cut down on environment noise, or speak with your family members beforehand to ask for their understanding, so as to minimise disruption.
Q: Apart from the chanting and the Q and A sessions, do I have to observe silence during the retreat?
A: At previous Tergar Asia retreats, participants were asked to observe silence for at least part of the retreat. But in consideration of the different conditions of an online retreat, we would not ask participants to observe silence. However, we do encourage you to try to keep silent as far as you can, as observing silence will be helpful for your practice.
If you have questions about the online programme, please feel free to get in touch with Tergar Asa’s programme team.