The Yongey Foundation
In 2003, Mingyur Rinpoche founded the Yongey Foundation to support his worldwide activities. These activities have included supporting the building of Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, supporting the young monks there, arranging for Rinpoche’s teaching tours and the publication of his books, The Joy of Living, and Joyful Wisdom. In 2009, the newly created Tergar International, took over the responsibility of supporting Rinpoche’s teachings activities and his many centers that make up his worldwide meditation community. Mingyur Rinpoche asked that The Yongey Foundation turn its attention to his monastic communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India.
Tergar Monastery in eastern Tibet
150 of them are 10 -13 years old. 250 Tergar nuns live in the surrounding area near the monastery. Due to the isolation of the monastery, and the general poverty of the region, the families of monks and nuns have struggled to support the monastery. Rinpoche has asked The Yongey Foundation to do whatever it can to support monastic community there. The immediate goal of The Yongey Foundation is to help the monks and nuns of Tergar Monastery receive the education they need.
Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya
In 1999, Tai Situ Rinpoche asked Mingyur Rinpoche to build a new monastery in Bodhgaya and in 2000 he gave a suitable parcel of land to Mingyur Rinpoche for that purpose. Construction of Pal Tergar Rigdzin Khacho Shedrup Targye Ling was completed in 2006, and by 2010 around 300 monks from India, Nepal, and Tibet had come to study there.
Kathmandu Tergar Ösel Ling Monastery
Located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Tergar Lungrik Ösel Targyé Ling Monastery, is home to more than 200 monks from across the Himalayas. Tergar Ösel Ling was established by the late meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who later entrusted the monastery to two of his sons, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Tsoknyi Rinpoche has overseen the activities of the monastery in recent years. In 2010, Mingyur Rinpoche formally took responsibility for the monastery and opened a monastic college (shedra) there.
in the region of Tergar monastery in Tibet who follow the Mingyur lineage. In the past, the nuns occupied two small nunneries in the area, but these were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Consequently, these nuns, having no permanent monastic home, have to live with their families in the area around Tergar monastery. For their education and training they travel to Yachen monastery, a full day’s journey. Yachen monastery, until his recent passing away, was under the guidance of the great master, Achuk Rinpoche. Mingyur Rinpoche is committed to these nuns and will continuing to explore how to better support them.
To see a letter updating on the effects of the Nepal Earthquake, see this letter from Khenpo Kunga of The Yongey Foundation, and a latter update here.
The Yongey Foundation was Dharma Eye’s Featured Organization of the Month in June 2015.