Joy Of Living Workshop

Meditation and the Joy of Living
with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Calming the Mind: Joy of Living 1

Saturday June 29 – Sunday June 30, 2019, 9 AM – 5 PM
Embassy Suites Milpitas – Silicon Valley
901 East Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035

This workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn the Joy of Living teachings under the direct guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. In this first level of the Joy of Living program, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how cultivating awareness can help create a peaceful mind and joyful heart. Awareness meditation enables us to transform all experiences, even difficult emotions and painful thoughts, into sources of Joy. Over the course of the seminar, we will explore the landscape of our experience with mindful awareness, learning how to use the body, sensory experiences, thoughts, emotions, and even awareness itself as supports for meditation. Rinpoche will share practical advice on using meditation to cultivate awareness, sharing insights from his own experience and illuminating key points on meditation practice.

Meditation enables us to discover a lasting contentment that is not subject to the fluctuating conditions of our lives, and to nurture the qualities of wisdom and compassion that naturally manifest from awareness itself. The Joy of Living is a secular path of meditation practice that was created by Mingyur Rinpoche. Though rooted in the ancient Buddhist teachings of Tibet, these practices are not religious in nature. They deal with basic functions of the mind, such as mindful awareness and the impulse to move 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 our thoughts, feelings, and sensory experiences with unconditional warmth and acceptance.

Each day will include teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche and short periods of guided meditation and discussion with Senior Tergar Instructor Edwin Kelley. This workshop is suitable for people of all faiths, as well as both beginning and experienced meditators.

Descriptive text for Calming the Mind: Joy of Living 1 workshop courtesy of Tergar International

About Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. With a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner, Rinpoche’s profound teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. His first 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 teaches throughout the world, with centers on four continents. In early June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya, India to begin a period of extended solitary retreat. In November of 2015 Mingyur Rinpoche returned after four years of solitary retreat. He is currently teaching his monastic and western students living around the world.

About Edwin Kelley
Edwin Kelley attended his first meditation retreat in 1975 and has practiced in both the Theravada and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He was Executive Director of the Insight Meditation Society from 1996-2003 and has a postgraduate diploma in Buddhist Studies. Edwin is a long-time student of Mingyur Rinpoche. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tergar International and as a Senior Instructor for the Tergar community.

Mingyur Rinpoche and Edwin Kelley biographies courtesy of Tergar International

Other Information

Book Signing: A book signing event for Rinpoche’s new book In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey through the Bardos of Living and Dying will be held the afternoon of June 29 following the workshop. The book tells of Rinpoche’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained while on his 4 year wandering retreat. This event is limited to workshop attendees. Books will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Schedule: Check-in for workshop begins a 7:30 am on June 29. Doors open at 8:00 am for the event beginning at 9 am. Lunch will be from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. The workshop will finish at 5:00 pm. The Book Signing will commence at 4:00 pm on June 29.
All attendees must check-in at the registration desk to obtain their event nametag and credentials.

Food: Lunch is not included with the workshop fee. Many restaurants and fast-food establishments are located near the hotel. A restaurant guide with map will be provided at check-in. Please note that food is not allowed inside the conference room.

Location: The Embassy Suites Milpitas – Silicon Valley is located on East Calaveras Boulevard just off Interstate 680 on the right. If you are coming from the Peninsula, take Highway 237 into Milpitas and continue on Calaveras Boulevard eastward until see the hotel on the left. Embassy Suites address is 901 East Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035.

Parking: There will be free parking available at the Embassy Suites hotel during the daytime workshop. Please note that the hotel charges a $15 fee for overnight parking.

Hotel Accommodations: The Embassy Suites hotel has made available a limited number of rooms for the nights of June 28 thru 30 at a reduced rate. If you are interesting in staying at the workshop venue, please contact the Center (Dwayne Ladle) at 408-687-8642 or for more information.

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Program Fees

Base Fee: $200 per person. General Admission
Reduced Fee: $160 per person. Seniors, Students, Limited Income…

Payment Notes:
• Yongey Buddhist Center offers a 20% discount (Reduced Fee) for those on a limited income, such as seniors (over 60) and students, etc.

• If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend this program, we will make every effort to help. Please email Yongey Buddhist Center at if your wish to be considered for a Scholarship or Sponsorship for this event. We will contact you within five business days to confirm and give you further registration instructions.

Cancelation Policy: Refunds are available prior to June 15. After June 15, a $50 cancellation fee applies. No refunds after June 28. Email Yongey Buddhist Center at to request a refund.


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Please Note:
You will need to bring your eTicket to the Registration Desk upon arrival at the workshop to obtain your badge and credentials (door pass).

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1) Participant Information
2) PayPal Payment Receipt
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Contact: If you have questions about the workshop, please contact us at You may also contact the Center (Dwayne Ladle) at 408-687-8642 or for more information.