Tergar Meditation Community


  • Saturday, Sept. 17 ~ 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 18 ~ 9am-5pm


University of Minnesota Conference Center 
1890 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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Cost (meals included)

  • Base: $195
  • Sponsor*: $245
  • Students/seniors (65+): $125
  • Work/study (please contact us for more info)

*Those who choose the sponsor level enable us to offer work/study scholarships for those who could otherwise not afford to attend.

Please note: there is a $25 fee for cancellations made within 10 days of the event.


Debe DeAngelo 
Tergar Meditation Center 
(612) 460-8837 

With Promotional Partner



The Science of Meditation

A Weekend Retreat with Dr. Richard Davidson and Matthieu Ricard

Event Cancelled (to be rescheduled in 2012)

We regret to inform you that the events scheduled with Dr. Davidson and Matthieu Ricard have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for 2012. One of Matthieu's main teachers, a great Tibetan lama named Trulshik Rinpoche, passed away on September 5th and Matthieu is needed at his monastery in Kathmandu. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Since Dr. Davidson and Matthieu share such close personal and professional ties, we decided to reschedule the event for a time when both would be able to participate. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Refund Information
We are planning to reschedule this event for 2012 and will inform you as soon as we receive confirmation from Matthieu and Dr. Davidson about their availability. Due to the present circumstances, we may not know the exact dates of the rescheduled event until October of this year.
If you would like a full refund, please email us at events@tergar.org, listing your name and the events you registered for. Due to the large volume of registrations, it may take us up to one week to process your refund once we receive your email.
If we do not hear from you, we will hold your registration information and fee for the rescheduled event.
If you have any questions, please email us at events@tergar.org.

Thank you for your interest in our events. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.

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Event Details

In this weekend retreat, two world-renowned experts on science and meditation will discuss what modern scientific research is telling us about the ancient art of meditation.

Drawing upon his extensive knowledge of the way meditation affects the body, mind, and brain, Dr. Davidson will share what he has learned studying some of the world's most experienced meditators. His research has discovered surprising things about the brain's ability to change and adapt, and also how meditation can change the way the brain functions.

Matthieu will talk about the practice of meditation, exploring how we can use some simple meditation techniques to find inner freedom, cultivate altruistic love and compassion, and discover a deep sense of purpose and meaning in the present moment. Sharing his experiences as a subject and collaborator in some of the pioneering scientific studies on the effects of meditation - as well as decades of experience studying and practicing meditation with some of Tibet's greatest masters - his unique perspective is sure to illuminate the practice of meditation and its relevance in the modern world.

This is a truly remarkable opportunity: A chance to learn about meditation and its effects on the mind and body from two of the world's leading experts on the subject.

Dr. Richard Davidson

About Dr. Richard Davidson

Dr. Richard Davidson is one of the world's foremost brain scientists. He is the Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Davidson received his PhD from Harvard University in 1976. He specializes in research on brain function, especially regarding positive emotions and meditation. He was the year 2000 recipient of the most prestigious award given by the American Psychological Association for lifetime achievement—the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He has published more than 150 articles, many chapters and reviews, and edited twelve books.

About Matthieu RicardMatthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, an author, translator, and photographer. In 1972, Matthieu earned a Ph.D. degree in cell genetics at the renowned Institut Pasteur under the Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob. After traveling to India to meet great spiritual masters from Tibet, he decided to concentrate on Buddhist studies and practice. Since then, he has lived in India, Bhutan, and Nepal and studied with some of the greatest teachers of that tradition, including Kyapje Kangyur Rinpoche (the predecessor of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche) and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

As an author, translator, and photographer, he has published many books, in addition to serving as the interpreter for various Tibetan lamas, including the Dalai Lama and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to collaborative research between scientists and Buddhist scholars and meditators, and is actively engaged in the research on the effect of mind training and meditation on the brain at various universities around the world.

Matthieu donates all proceeds from his books and much of his time to over one hundred humanitarian projects (clinics, schools, orphanages, elderly people’s homes, bridges, vocational training) in Nepal, India and Tibet. See www.karuna-shechen.org for more information. 

About the Science and Meditation Series

The Tergar Meditation Community is deeply involved in current scientific efforts to explore the effects of meditation practice on the mind and body. As part of this exploration, we hold regular seminars, workshops, and retreats related to the science of meditation, bringing pioneers in the area of mind-body science into our community to share their insights with us.