Special Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

In addition to special events, Kagyu Thubten Chöling also hosts an ongoing program of classes and events.

Realizing the Nature of Mind through the Unique Approach of the Vajrayana

A Teaching Seminar with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

May 3 - 4, 2019 (Friday & Saturday)

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Tibetan Buddhist vajrayana is the pursuit of a direct and stable recognition of the nature of reality. Settling the mind and developing insight through meditation are crucial to experiencing the uncontrived nature of mind.  The vajrayana further employs a profound array of techniques such as deity visualization and devotional practices to catalyze and deepen a direct experience of the true nature.

Rinpoche will discuss how these elements of the path fit together and what they mean to our personal practice.


A Biography of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a much-loved and accomplished meditation master. From a young age, Rinpoche was drawn to a life of contemplation. He entered the traditional three-year retreat at Sherabling Monastery at the age of 13, and became the teacher of the next retreat at the age of 17, 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-Madison, 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.

Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on five continents. His candid, often humorous accounts of his own personal difficulties have endeared him to thousands of 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.
In early June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche walked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India and began a “wandering retreat” through the Himalayas and the plains of India that lasted four and a half years. His new book about that experience, In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying, will be released on May 7, 2019.

Detailed biography of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche:


The schedule for the 4 session seminar is as follows:

May 3 (Friday) at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
May 4 (Saturday) at 10:30 am & 2:00 pm


Pricing for this event is as follows:

• Online pre-registrants will receive a discount off the standard registration fee.
• Students automatically receive a special event rate with valid student ID (On-site registration only).

Online Registration fee per session:
• $40 / Non-Members
• $35 / Members

On-Site Registration fee per session:
• $45 / Non-Members
• $40 / Members
• $20 / Students with valid student ID

To pre-register on-line please click here


Reservations are required if you need overnight accommodations. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only. Please see General Information about Events at KTC below for details. 


Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

June 4 - 20, 2019   

1000armChenrezigResizedThe KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins June 4 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends June 6 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins June 6 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 8 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins June 8 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 10 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins June 10 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 12 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins June 12 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 14 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins June 14 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 16 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins June 16 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 18 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins June 18 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 20 (Thursday) about 9:30 am.

Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation at least 2 days before the Nyungne set you intend to participate in.


The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:

  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 per person/Non-Members   $100 per person/Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $130 per person/Non-Members   $120 per person/Members
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $150 per person/Non-Members   $130 per person/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free


General Information about Events at KTC

Note: We do not offer seminars every weekend. Please check the special events listings or contact us to find out about upcoming seminars.

Seminar fees are per session and do not include charges for meals or accommodations.

Seminars taught by the resident teacher: $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)
Seminars taught by KTC retreat graduates: $20 Non-members | $15 Members | $10 Students (with valid student ID)
Pricing for visiting teachers may vary and will be included in the description of individual events above.
Registration: Before every session, please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.
Reservations (1 week in advance) are required for all meals and overnight stays.
Please use our online Reservation Form. If you need assistance or have to make a reservation closer to the event please email reservations@kagyu.com.
Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page.
Cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard accepted.

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change. To confirm programs, please call (845) 297- 2500.