Lewis & Clark College

Smith Hall (located in Albany Quadrangle)
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219



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  • From 7pm Friday July 18, 2014
  • To 12pm Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Residential Retreat Fees (incuding meals)

  • $745 - Single Occupancy in a dorm room with shared bath
  • $715 - Double occupancy in a dorm room with shared bath
  • $790 - Single room in a private 2-4 bedroom apartment


Commuter Retreat Fees:

  • $430 - Week-long commuter option (includes lunch and free parking)
  • $220 - Weekend commuter option (7pm Friday, evening July 18 - 5pm Sunday, July 20; includes lunch and free parking)


Tergar Meditation Community of Oregon










Summer Practice Retreat - Portland, Oregon
with Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted
at Lewis & Clark College Friday, July 18 - Thursday, July 24

Meditation helps us to discover a deep sense of well being independent of the outer circumstances of our lives. When we learn to tame our minds and open our hearts through the practice of meditation, we discover the compassionate wisdom and radiant joy that is our true nature.

This retreat will offer a wonderful opportunity to deepen our experience of the meditation teachings of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Over seven days, we’ll explore two important forms of meditation - awareness meditation and meditation on loving-kindness and compassion - experiencing firsthand how these practices can transform our minds and open our hearts. There will be sessions of meditation throughout each day, along with video teachings by Mingyur Rinpoche, group discussions, and presentations on the key points of meditation by Tergar instructor Tim Olmsted.

The retreat will be held in Smith Hall, a beautiful setting located on the campus of Lewis & Clark College, situated on 137 acres of lush forest in the hills surrounding Portland, Oregon. Meals will be prepared from locally grown food.

For those who cannot stay on campus during the retreat, two commuter options are being offered - a week-long or weekend commuter option (July 18-20). The schedule for the full-week commuter option will begin Friday, July 18th at 7pm and end at 9pm along with the residential participants.  The schedule for the commuters will be 9am to 5pm daily, and will end at noon on Thursday, July 24th.  Tuition includes a hot lunch each day and free parking.

The schedule for the weekend commuter option is Friday, July 18th from 7pm - 9pm, and Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 20 from 9am to 5pm. Tuition for the weekend option also  includes a hot lunch and free parking.

Qualifications: This retreat is open to anyone. It will be extremely enriching for anyone interested in meditation, whether you're a new or experienced practitioner.

In this short video teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the practice of retreat and its importance on the spiritual path: The Importance of Retreat.


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Mingyur RinpocheAbout Mingyur Rinpoche
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters.  With a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner, Rinpoche’s profound teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. His first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on The New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages.  In early June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya, India to begin a period of extended solitary retreat. Read more...

Tim Olmsted

About the Tergar Instructor

Tim Olmsted has been a student of meditation for the past 35 years.  For twelve of those years, Tim lived in Nepal working as a psychotherapist serving the international community.  There he studied with many of the greatest Buddhist teachers of our time, including Mingyur Rinpoche's late father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.  After returning to the United States, he served for three years as the director of Gampo Abbey, the largest residential Buddhist monastery in North America.   In 2003, Tim founded the Yongey Foundation to support and promote Mingyur Rinpoche's activities in the West. Tim now travels internationally presenting Mingyur Rinpoche's teachings.  He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he leads an active community, and is active in interfaith dialogue.  He is currently the President of the Pema Chödrön Foundation.