This course is now open.

Who can take this course?

  • (Online) Students who have completed all courses of Joy of Living Level 1 and 2 and the accompanying homework (total: 50 hrs per level).
  • (In Person) Students who have attended Joy of Living Level 1 and 2 in-person weekend workshops or retreats and completed a total of 50 hours of formal meditation practice per level.

Self-paced learning

This course is designed to take about four weeks, but feel free to learn at your own pace.


  • The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
  • Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Awakening Wisdom

Innate Wisdom


Innate qualities of awareness, compassion, and wisdom exist within us all the time. Innate wisdom allows us to see both who we are and the nature of reality. Yet, we suffer from not recognizing our innate qualities. Instead, we grasp onto rigid beliefs and hidden assumptions. When we bring the light of awareness to this experience, we can see beyond old habits and conditioned beliefs, and recognize the infinite potential at the core of our being.

In this course, you will explore the innate qualities of awareness, as well as how analytical meditation can help support your ability to recognize them. The process begins with meditating on the sense of self. During this course, Mingyur Rinpoche will share a range of practices for working with the way our conditional perceptions and beliefs interpret experiences and how we can apply this in both formal meditation and everyday life.


  • Video teachings by Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Personal tips from course guides
  • Guided meditations
  • Instructions for practicing in daily life
  • Targeted readings
  • Reflection questions and a practice journal
  • Interactive quizzes to enhance your learning
  • Live webinars with course guides
  • Discussion forum


  • View: About innate wisdom and how you can connect with it anytime, anywhere.
  • Meditation: To meditate on the sense of self in a step-by-step process.
  • Application: To apply the practice of seeing and/or feeling the sense of self in your daily life.

Recognizing Awareness

In this short video, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche explains why it is important  to recognize awareness.



1. Welcome to Innate Wisdom
2. Natural and Self-Created Suffering
3. Analytical Meditation
4. The Sense of Self


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1. Welcome to Innate Wisdom
2. Natural and Self-Created Suffering
3. Analytical Meditation
4. The Sense of Self

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