Fortnightly South Norfolk Tergar Practice Group Programme

Relationship between Waveney Valley Buddhist Group and the Tergar Practice Group Programme

Under Mingyur Rinpoche’s guidance, Tergar International has developed a Meditation Practice Group programme to support groups such as ours which meet regularly to learn, discuss, and practice meditation, but who do not have access to a trained Tergar practice leader, facilitator, or instructor. Practice groups such as ours operate independently of Tergar International, though more mature groups may eventually evolve into official Tergar Communities.

Link to more information about the relationship between Practice Groups and Tergar International here

What do we do?

Waveney Valley Buddhist Group holds fortnightly Tergar Meditation Programme sessions which offer a thorough course of training in the fundamentals of meditation practice.

Based on Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s two books, The Joy of Living and Joyful Wisdom, our group uses guided meditations, discussion, and daily meditation exercises to explore the cultivation of awareness, compassion, and insight – the cornerstones of spiritual practice.

The Joy of Living approach emphasizes direct experience and the integration of meditation with everyday life, presenting techniques that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of faith or cultural background. Everyone is welcome; this programme is secular and suitable for anyone from any spiritual tradition or none, and does not require you to be Buddhist.

If you are new to meditation, our regular meditation group offers a gentle immersion into the world of mindfulness. If you are following our Joy of Living or Path of Liberation programs, our group provides a wonderful opportunity to deepen your experience of the core elements of the spiritual path.

Meditation group activities include: guided meditations, group discussion, short presentations on the key points of meditation practice, selected readings from Mingyur Rinpoche’s two books, and take home meditation exercises. The meditation group curriculum covers a broad range of topics and practices, but focuses particular attention on the practice of awareness meditation. Other practices are also addressed, including basic goodness, the essential elements of meditation practice, and loving–kindness and compassion.

What kinds of meditation are practised?

Tergar meditation groups work with seven main forms of meditation.
Click the links below to view the full program for each practice area:

1.    Meditating on open awareness and the breath [PDF]

  • The practice of open awareness and the breath
  • Open awareness and the breath in daily life
  • Open awareness and the breath in difficult situations

2.    Meditating on basic goodness [PDF]

  • Nurturing the spark of awareness
  • Nurturing the spark of loving-kindness and compassion
  • Nurturing the spark of wisdom

3.    Meditating with the senses [PDF]

  • Meditating with physical sensations
  • Meditating with pain
  • Meditating with movement
  • Meditating with visual objects
  • Meditating with sound
  • Meditating with smell and taste

4.    Essential elements of meditation practice [PDF]

  • Forming a compassionate motivation
  • Letting go of expectations
  • Sharing the results of practice with all beings

5.    Meditating with thoughts [PDF]

  • The practice of meditating with thoughts
  • Meditating with thoughts in daily life
  • Meditating with thoughts in difficult situations

6.   Meditating with emotions [PDF]

  • The practice of meditating with emotions
  • Meditating with emotions in daily life
  • Meditating with emotions in difficult situations

7.    Meditating on loving–kindness and compassion [PDF]

  • Meditating on loving-kindness
  • Meditating on compassion

Enquiries: Zangmo Alexander 01379 897393