Mingyur Rinpoche

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Yongey Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche

Mingyur Rinpoche (Tib. མི་འགྱུར་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wyl. mi 'gyur rin po che) was born in Nubri, Nepal in 1975. At the age of three, he was recognized by Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as the incarnation of both Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Kangyur Rinpoche, who were great Tibetan yogis and tertöns. From an early age, he showed great aptitude in his studies, and mastered all the five main branches of learning in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In addition to his studies, Mingyur Rinpoche has completed several long periods of personal retreat, and has continuously received teachings and instructions from many great masters, including his father, the renowned Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Saljay Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. He has travelled several times to the West, including visits to France and America, giving teachings and retreats. Rinpoche teaches with a remarkable depth and scholarship.

In early June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya, India to begin a period of extended solitary retreat. He returned in November of 2015 and is currently teaching his monastic and western students living around the world.

Teachings & Visits to Rigpa Centres

  • July-August 2002, Lerab Ling, Meditation Retreat
  • 12-20 July 2003, Lerab Ling, Meditation Retreat
  • 13-14 March 2004, Rigpa London
  • 29-30 October 2005, Fiend's House, London, UK, 'The Natural Freedom of Mind' weekend of teachings with Sogyal Rinpoche
  • 11-12 January 2006, Rigpa London, 'The Practice of Contemplation on the Four Thoughts' & 'The Practice of Contemplation on Compassion'
  • 5-13 July 2008, Lerab Ling
  • July-September 2010, Lerab Ling
  • 2-4 August 2016, Lerab Ling, Dzogchen Retreat


  • The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness, Harmony Books, 2007. ISBN 978-0-307-34625-4
  • Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, Harmony Books, April 2009. ISBN 978-0307407795
  • Ziji, the Puppy who Learned to Meditate, Tergar International, 2009
  • Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism (Boulder: Snow Lion, 2014)
  • In Love with the World: What a Buddhist Monk Can Teach You About Living from Nearly Dying (London: Bluebird, 2019) ISBN 1509899324

Further Reading

  • Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (Boudhanath, Hong Kong, Esby: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2005), endnote 271, page 397.

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