Drawing deeply from the ancient Bön tradition of Tibet, each course is crafted by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Ligmincha’s geshes, lamas and western teachers to provide clear, authentic experiences of Tibetan meditation, tradition, rituals, history and more. Our courses feature beautiful video teachings, guided meditations, readings, journal writing activities, and the opportunity to interact with senior mentors and classmates from around the world. We offer courses in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish!
Raising Lungta with Prayer Flags
In this self-guided course, Khandro Tsering Wangmo Khymsar shares everything you need to know to raise lungta (windhorse) prayer flags to maximum effect. You will learn how to use prayer flags to lift your own energy, spirit and general well-being, or do so on behalf of others.
Treasures of Bön History, Lineage & Practices
January 27 – March 4, 2023
Bön counts itself among the oldest spiritual traditions in the world. With origins steeped in an oral, shamanic tradition and yet deeply rooted in teachings of the buddha Tonpa Shenrap, the buddha who preceded Shakyamuni Buddha. Bön offers practices for the challenges we face in our lives, and a complete path to enlightenment.
This course is ideal for anyone who would like to gain a clear understanding of their path through the many beautiful practices of our ancient lineage. This course is ideal for beginners who have recently connected with Bön teachings, and want to know more about where it comes from and the many varied forms of practice in the tradition. It is also well suited for practitioners who have learned several practices and would like to know how all the practices fit together into a beautiful and complete system of philosophies and meditations.
The Three Heart Mantras
February 24 – April 1, 2023
The Three Heart Mantras are used in many different meditations in the Bön tradition, and play a major role in the ngrondro practices. They are said to be the essence of enlightenment in sound and energy, and as we sing or chant the mantras our awareness is transformed to be in union with the Buddhas. They are used for purification, protection, and as primary practices toward self realization.
This course will be complemented by full moon practices in which our worldwide sangha will recite these profound mantras together.
Meditation, Breath and Movement
March 3 – April 1, 2023
Tsa Lung is a series of ancient yogic practices that brings balance and harmony to our physical body, energy, and mind. The term Tsa Lung can be translated as the energy-winds (Tibetan: Lung, Skt. Prana, Chinese, Qi) in the Channels, for these practices are designed to open the subtle channels, guiding the healthy flow of the energy-winds so that we can enjoy good health and reconnect with more calmness to a quiet, peaceful mind. These exercises are easy to perform, and are beneficial for everyone.
Ngöndro: The Foundational Practices
March 4 – December 16, 2023
The ngöndro teachings are a set of nine practices that offer complete instructions for taming, purifying, and perfecting the suffering mind. Although these practices are considered the foundation for entrance into the five-part cycle of Tibetan Bön dzogchen teachings – Bön’s highest teachings on the nature of mind – many practitioners adopt the ngöndro as their main meditation and complete the nine sets of 100,000 repetitions over the course of a lifetime. Within each is contained the entire path to liberation. They are considered to be the Foundational Practices for the entire tradition.
Sleep Yoga: The Yoga of Clear Light
March 17 – April 15, 2023
We spend one-third of our life in sleep, yet for most people sleep is a period of unconsciousness. Through the practices of the Yoga of Clear Light we can learn to be completely aware during our sleep, open, clear, resting in deep meditative presence. But how do we get from our current stress and disrupted sleep patterns to the state of clear light?
The course will introduce simple techniques to enter into sleep in a healthy, balanced way. Even if we do not consistently enter into clear light sleep, we can benefit from a refreshing, relaxed sleep that gives us deep renewal. This is supported by breathing techniques, physical postures and guided visualizations. Tenzin Rinpoche will also provide a meditations to wake up in a beautiful way, feeling the blessings of sleep and stepping into our day with serenity. Through these simple practices we can transform our sleep to be one of tranquility and awareness.
The Five Elements, Healing with Form Energy and Light
March 31 – May 13, 2023
In this course Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche explores how each of the five elements relates to our daily experiences, emotions, and relationships. Rinpoche guides meditations for each of the elements, designed to help clear our obstacles and bring balance to our lives. Each section of the course includes a video of Rinpoche’s teaching, Rinpoche leading a guided meditation, readings from Healing with Form, Energy and Light, and assignments for journal writing, discussion, formal and informal practice. The course is designed so that you may integrate study and practice into your everyday routine, learning at your own pace, yet enjoying the support of classmates and the course mentor.
Sherap Chamma, Mother of Wisdom and Love
April 14 – May 13, 2023
Ligmincha Learning is pleased to announce that we will be offering our course introducing the practices of Sherap Chamma the Mother of Wisdom and Love, taught by Marcy Vaughn .
In many cultures the primordial female energy is seen as the origin of existence and the source of all positive qualities. Sherap Chamma, Mother of Wisdom and Love, is the source of wisdom, and her medicine is love and compassion. The teachings of Sherap Chamma comprise one of the most important tantric cycles of the ancient Bön tradition.
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We offer a variety of free self-paced courses that are open at all times. We recommend our Starting a Meditation Practice courses for everyone with an interest in meditation. Many of our free courses are based upon free live webcasts, which have been recorded and edited to create courses. Our paid courses are more carefully designed and produced and are guided by a mentor.
Starting a Meditation Practice
Free – Enroll at any time
This free, self-paced course is designed for people who would like to begin meditating on a daily basis. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the founder and principle teacher of Ligmincha International, provides instruction for simple practices that anyone can do on their own including: a meditation on stillness and spaciousness, the Nine Breathings of Purification, Calm Abiding, and the Tsa Lung exercises. After completing this course you will have the skills you need for a simple daily meditation practice that can improve many dimensions of your life.
The True Source of Healing
Free – Enroll at any time
The practices of Soul Retrieval can help you tap into the ultimate source of healing. They can help you to:
- Avoid losing your vitality when faced with difficult life challenges.
- Revitalize your personal life, family life and professional life.
- Recognize powerful internal and external sources of healing.
- Experience healing on all levels—physically, energetically, psychologically and spiritually.
- Come home to your inherently joyful and creative nature.
- Bring increased happiness and well-being to others.
- Progress on the path to higher liberation.
Living with Joy, Dying in Peace
Free – Enroll at any time
The more attached we are to our loved ones, our possessions, and our sense of identity, the more we suffer. Realizing this truth frees us to find joy in each simple moment of life, and peace at the moment of death. According to the Tibetan spiritual traditions, living and dying are part of a sacred continuum. Death need not be considered a failure, negative, or even a loss; rather, it is a transition toward a new beginning.
Transforming Your World Through Service
Free – Enroll at any time
Serving others is fundamental to our personal spiritual development. Our commitment to making a difference for others and the world can fill our life with love and joy, but requires a strong foundation of wisdom and compassion. This course will help you become as effective as possible in your service to others.
Free and ongoing
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has launched CyberSangha as a way for you to connect with him, the ancient Tibetan teachings, and fellow students around the world through regular live broadcasts that can be easily viewed on Rinpoche’s Facebook page. All broadcasts are free and open to all—you don’t need a Facebook account to view them. Click to learn more about CyberSangha, view the current schedule of upcoming broadcasts, and access a searchable archive of hundreds of recorded teachings and guided meditations.