At age 36, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche walked away from his monastery in India. He planned to spend the next four years on a wandering retreat. His intention was to leave behind his titles and roles in order to explore his inner self. He quickly discovered that his cloistered Tibetan Buddhist education didn’t prepare him to deal with all the dirt and noise around him. When he ran out of money, he had to live as an itinerant beggar. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning. His lifetime of meditating had taught him to face death but now he had to test the effectiveness of this education.
Mingyur Rinpoche will explain the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience. He will share meditation practices that nurture him and help him to heal his fears. As Tibetan medicine teaches, fears about dying and death underlie our other fears. Coming to terms with our mortality decreases our other fears. Life becomes precious, even on our deathbed. We learn to transform our fears about dying and death into joyful living and dying for the benefit of all beings.
May 26, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Central
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