Healing the Heart & Mind event with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche open to the public

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 5:30pm
TUCSON, Ariz., April 30, 2010 – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, well-knownTibetan Buddhist meditation teacher and best-selling author of The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness will be giving a workshop on May 6 at 5:30pm, at the DuVal Auditorium at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.
This special event, presented by the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, in conjunction with the Tergar Meditation Group of Tucson, is titled Healing the Heart & Mind: An Introduction to Meditation with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. The program is free, and appropriate for anyone of any faith, background, or level of meditation practice.
“Mindfulness practice is extremely beneficial,” Rinpoche said, “especially for those whose work involves healing others, such as those who work as health care professionals, and those who are dealing with difficult circumstances, like illness or economic hardship.”
Yongey Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master celebrated for his ability to make the practice of meditation accessible to people of all backgrounds, will introduce the healing art of meditation, showing how this ancient practice can be used to calm the mind and open the heart. Meditation trains the mind and re-wires the brain, allowing one to use any situation or experience – even difficult emotions and physical pain – as a gateway to inner peace and joy. 
“We are honored that Rinpoche has offered to bring his wisdom on the healing art of meditation to our community,” said Andrew Weil, MD, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. “In addition to the clinically measurable health benefits of meditation, the increased ability to concentrate, sense of well being and improved relationships with others, make this an important practice for both health professionals and the public.”
This series of practices will be especially beneficial for caregivers or health care professionals as a means to center themselves and diminish burnout. According to Rinpoche, "Meditation can help increase the quality and enjoyment of our care for others," And those facing stress from the current economic situation can be equally benefited: "Without blocking the negative emotions, we will learn to use them to calm the mind and transform them into sources of insight and empathy."
Rinpoche said he is making a stop in Tucson because there are many people interested in meditation, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. "I understand that many people chose to live in Tucson for the wide open skies, the mountains and warmer weather," he said, "so they already have a desire to relax and calm the mind in an open, spacious environment that is actually very good for supporting meditation, similar to Tibet." 
This will be Rinpoche's third visit to Tucson. He has a meditation group in Tucson and a center in Phoenix.
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About the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine leads the transformation of health care by creating, educating and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine, addressing mind, body and spirit. Integrative medicine is healing-oriented and makes use of conventional and alternative therapies as appropriate. Since its inception, the Center has focused its efforts on three areas: education, clinical care and research, with the primary emphasis on education. We built the Center on the premise that the best way to change a field is to educate the most gifted professionals and place them in settings where they can, in turn, teach others. To learn more about the Center, visit www.azcim.org.
About the Tergar Meditation Community
The mission of the Tergar Meditation Community is to make the ancient practice of meditation accessible to the modern world. For centuries, the practice of meditation has been used by countless individuals to transform suffering into joy and confusion into wisdom. Tergar meditation and study programs are designed to facilitate this transformation. Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar community of meditation centers and practice groups provides a comprehensive course of meditation training and study, with programs for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
About Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is considered a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. From a young age, he was drawn to a life of contemplation and retreat, learning from several respected meditation masters, including his renowned father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, and several other great masters.
Mingyur Rinpoche has also had a lifelong interest in Western science and psychology. In 2002, he and a handful of other long-term meditators were invited to the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin, where Richard Davidson, Antoine Lutz, and other scientists examined the effects of meditation on the brains of advanced meditators. The results of this groundbreaking research were reported in many of the world’s most widely read publications, including National Geographic and Time.
Currently, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on four continents. His candid, often-humorous accounts of his own personal difficulties have endeared him to thousands of students around the world. His bestselling book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times best-seller list and has been translated into over 20 languages. Rinpoche’s most recent books are Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, and an illustrated children’s book entitled Ziji: The Puppy that Learned to Meditate.