Meditation Teacher Program
by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Learn Modern Methods to Teach Ancient Wisdom

Applications for this year's program are now closed. Join us in 2024!

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Enhance Your Skills and Deepen Your Confidence
with the Meditation Teacher Program

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This online course will be led by a faculty of senior students of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Special guests include Dr. Cortland Dahl, Dr. Richie Davidson, Edwin Kelley, Myoshin Kelley, Caroline Leach, Tim Olmsted, and Antonia Sumbundu.
Students in the Meditation Teacher Program will explore three pillars of study. The first pillar focuses on awareness, compassion, and wisdom; the second pillar on teaching skills; and the third pillar on developing the skills for taking meditation into different environments.

Who Should Apply?

  • Meditation practitioners who wish to bring awareness, compassion, and wisdom practices to the world
  • Yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, or psychologists who are interested in offering meditation as part of their profession
  • Educators who would like to incorporate meditation into their learning environments
  • Community workers interested in social transformation, bringing meditation to targeted groups
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Module Syllabus:
Three Pillars of Study

In the Meditation Teacher Program, students will learn core aspects of awareness, compassion, and wisdom. Students will then develop and nurture teaching skills founded on these core aspects, with the ultimate goal of applying these skills beyond the classroom in diverse contexts.

First pillar to develop the foundation:

  • Awareness: Establish a practice that helps you recognize your innate qualities.
  • Compassion: Generate intuitive kindness and the space in which it can be shared.
  • Wisdom: Cultivate an understanding of our innate wisdom by investigating how things truly are.

Second and third pillars to deepen skills to flourish as a teacher: 

  • Facilitating Discussions: Develop skills to give space for learning.
  • Presentation and Dharma Talks: Learn modern methods to share concepts and practices.
  • Designing Curriculum: Learn to design and implement a structured learning experience.
  • Coaching, Mentoring, and Practice Interviews: Deepen your skills in sharing wisdom and nurturing students.
  • Building Rapport: Learn essential skills to connect with your audience and become a successful meditation teacher.
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Graduation and Beyond

On completion of this innovative course you will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by Tergar International. This certificate will allow you to teach the Anytime Anywhere Meditation (AAM) program and empower you to design and teach introductory-level programming akin to AAM.
Learn more about Anytime Anywhere Meditation program

Student Testimonials

“The MTP training was fantastic and helped me to teach meditation in an ethical, responsible, and creative way. I highly recommend it to everyone as it goes beyond just providing tools; it encourages reflection on the importance of education and the role of a meditation teacher, who must genuinely connect with others.”

Isabella Ianell

Meditation Teacher Program Student

“Being part of such a tight-knit and intimate learning environment was a true privilege. Not only did it level up my own practice, but I really feel I can bring these learnings into my community with a new sense of confidence.”

Jeremy Wortsman

Meditation Teacher Program Student

“This program has really deepened my understanding of meditation through the richness of the teachings and the enthusiastic community of fellow meditation teacher students. A wonderful way to experience Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, with the ultimate goal of teaching, creating a strong sense of purpose and urgency.”

Thomas Hesse

Meditation Teacher Program Student

Learn to teach and share your love of meditation

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Questions and Answers

As a student of the Meditation Teacher Program, what will you learn?

Graduates of the program will be empowered to:
  • Integrate the key principles of meditation — awareness, compassion, and wisdom — into your teaching methodology
  • Maintain an embodied meditation practice that cultivates awareness, compassion, and wisdom both on the cushion and daily life, and help others to do the same.
  • Create dynamic learning spaces to empower participants to discover their intrinsic awareness, compassion, and wisdom.
  • Promote safe, trusting environments in which a diverse range of individuals can process their experience and deepen their meditation practice.
  • Guide clear and supportive meditation practices in a step-by-step manner.
  • Nurture healthy and diverse communities of meditators.
  • Present engaging talks on the key principles and meditation practices related to awareness, compassion, and wisdom.

What is the time commitment for the Meditation Teacher Program?

The MTP comprises approximately 240 hours of training. Each month participants are responsible for 20-25 hours of commitment, with 30-40% being synchronous or live components, and 60-70% asynchronous. This works out to four to five hours of study and engagement per week. In addition, it is expected that participants maintain a daily personal meditation practice.

What is the format of the program?

The program includes various types of asynchronous and synchronous elements:
Asynchronous: video recordings, audio recordings, readings, and supplemental materials
Synchronous: Rinpoche’s teachings, guest speakers, group mentoring and discussion sessions with trainers, peer-to-peer meetings, and individual mentoring

When does the Meditation Teacher Program start and end?

The Meditation Teacher Program runs from September 18, 2023 to August 16, 2024.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you are asked to submit a questionnaire and a short video.
Applications will be accepted from April 5–May 29, 2023.
Any applications received after May 29 will be added to the waitlist.
  • You are required to have completed Tergar Joy of Living Levels 1 and 2 and their corresponding homework before you begin the MTP program and should be committed to completing Level 3 and its corresponding homework by the end of the MTP program if you haven’t already. Please note that the Certificate of Completion will only be awarded upon completion of Joy of Living Levels 1, 2, and 3 and their corresponding homework.
  • If you had a minimum of three years of established meditation practice and have not taken Joy of Living Levels 1, 2, or 3, you are required to have completed Tergar Joy of Living Levels 1 and 2 without their corresponding homework before the MTP program begins and should be committed to completing Level 3 without its corresponding homework by the end of the MTP program. Please note that in this case the Certificate of Completion will only be awarded upon completion of Joy of Living Levels 1, 2, and 3.
  • This is an online program that requires that you have access to and some familiarity with modern software like Zoom, which you will use to access our learning platform.

Applications for this year's program are now closed. Join us in 2024!

What is the tuition for the Meditation Teacher Program?

  • The base rate is $4,500. 
  • The sponsor rate is $5,500.
By paying a sponsor rate you support the studies of fellow or future MTP students. You will be considered a “Tergar Donor” and will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
  • If you are part of the Tergar Community Leadership, you are eligible for a discounted rate.

What are the payment options?

Once accepted into the Meditation Teacher Program, you can reserve your place by submitting 25% of the tuition fee within ten business days. The remainder of your payment is due in three installments between October 2023 and February 2024.
All payments can be made via Stripe or bank transfer.
Cancellation Policy
Full refunds will be granted for any cancellations made prior to or on August 21, 2023. 
Update: No refunds will be made after this date. Students are responsible for the full tuition payment as outlined in the payment options above, regardless of how long they have participated in the program.


Our distinguished team of instructors are each highly respected in their own fields. Whether Buddhist scholars, curriculum designers, mindfulness guides, or other experts in teaching and transformative enterprise, the staff are eager to help you succeed.