A JOYFUL MIND
A film by Open Mind Media
A film about finding true happiness and well-being
through the practice of meditation
Today, the accelerating pace of life poses real challenges to our wellbeing. At the same time, new understandings about meditation are shedding light on how its transformative powers can improve our daily lives. A Joyful Mind pulls back the curtain on what it means to meditate, on what modern science reveals about its benefits, and on how meditation and mindfulness can be used in workplaces and schools. This groundbreaking film serves to clear up the confusion around meditation perpetuated by the media. It features the experiences of both novice and master meditators, highlighting Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, whose teachings have touched people around the world with their clarity, wit and personal insight into how meditation can have a positive impact on our daily lives.
A Joyful Mind is a cutting edge film by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and filmmaker Paul MacGowan. Mingyur Rinpoche is Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Master devoted to making the ancient practice of meditation accessible to the modern world. Rinpoche's uncommon approach, also featured in his bestselling books, teaches us how to use the ups and downs of daily life as gateways to greater awakening. His continued involvement as a research subject in studies of the neural and physiological effects of meditation features prominently in the film.
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Since A Joyful Mind was released in 2016, it's been seen in gatherings by more than 35,000 people in over 10 countries, and has been translated in five languages.
Your donation will make it possible for us to continue distributing and marketing this film and to have it translated into additional languages so it can reach more people worldwide.
Giving & Tax Benefits
A Joyful Mind, LLC is wholly-owned "limited liability company" of Tergar International, a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Therefore, your contribution to A Joyful Mind is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Tergar Meditation Community and Tergar Asia support individuals, practice groups and meditation communities around the world in learning to live with awareness, compassion, and wisdom. Grounded in the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of guiding teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tergar programs are accessible to people of all cultures and faiths, and support a lifelong path toward the application of these principles in everyday life.
Visit Tergar.org for more information about their worldwide meditation community and online learning resources.
Director & Producer
President of Vanguard Productions for more than 30 years, and now president of Open Mind Media, Paul MacGowan has brought his well-honed skills to a wide range of film and video projects. His credits include award-winning films, such as an editor on Jeff Stimmel's The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale (2008), winner of the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Programming in Arts and Culture, and recipient of a New England Emmy in 2001 as producer/director for Lives in Transition, a documentary that aired on Public Television. Paul's other producer/director work includes Herb Savel Carves the Holocaust in Wood, Speak Out for Understanding I & II and It's the Numbers Game. Paul is a longtime meditator and Buddhist; he attended Naropa University in 1981 and first traveled to Nepal and met Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in 1983.
Since 2006, Justin Kelley has lived throughout southern and south-east Asia practicing and studying Buddhism. He is the director of A Sacred Path travel company, which specializes in pilgrimage tours in southern Asia. His organization has teamed with dharma organizations such as Tricycle Foundation, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Tergar International. He formally became a student of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in 2008 and has been practicing under his guidance since that time. He is currently part of Mingyur Rinpoche's translation committee and is being trained as a facilitator for Tergar International. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Tufts University in 2004. He speaks proficient Tibetan and is continuing his personal studies and practice in North America and southern Asia.
A Joyful Mind features mindfulness-based social and emotional learning for elementary school students taught by the Peace of Mind Program. The program includes curricula, storybooks, and resources for educators and families.
The Center for Healthy Minds, also featured in the film, has developed the Kindness Curriculum for pre-schoolers that is available free of charge for teachers. The curriculum is available in both English and Spanish.