Preserving the Tibetan Bön Spiritual Tradition
Yeru Bon Center is open to everyone. Whether you are experienced with meditation or have never meditated, are all welcome. We offer weekly practice groups on Tuesday nights in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. These groups start with a half an hour of guided meditation followed by a dharma talk and discussion.
Those new to meditation may want to consider registering for the Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course. Yeru Bön Center is a nonprofit, spiritual organization that supports the ancient Tibetan Yungdrung Bön teachings and culture. Our mission is to provide spiritual instruction, and health and wellness through the Tibetan Bön teachings. Yeru Bön Center relies heavily on donations from supporters and sponsors.
In addition to our Minneapolis and Los Angeles centers, Yeru offers teachings in Santa Fe, Tucson, New York, and other locations around the United States. Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche also teaches at his other centers around the world.
Yeru Bon Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All charitable donations made to Yeru Bon Center are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Yeru Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN features a Bön shrine room and meditation practice area, as well as administrative offices, a Bön library, and a small store for Bön books and Bön prayer items. We offer weekly meditation practices for anyone interested in learning about the Ancient Yungdrung Bön Meditation practices for healing, inner peace and calm and anyone who would like to deepend their knowledge or to practice what they learned from teachings and workshops.
Yeru Bon Center is a volunteer-run organization. The center is always available to anyone who would like to come in to meditate or would like information regarding Yungdrung Bön or meditation.
Yeru Los Angeles
Established in 2002, Yeru Bön Center Los Angeles is a spiritual community supporting the teachings and practice of the ancient Tibetan Bön wisdom tradition in the United States and the Western Hemisphere.
Yeru Los Angeles was founded by Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche and Barbara Bradshaw for the purpose of making these precious teachings of compassion, wisdom and healing known as Yungdrung Bön – the Everlasting Bön – available to us through an unbroken line of teachers. This lineage goes back 18,000 years to Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, the Enlightened One who originally brought these teachings to Tibet from Olmo Lung Ring and the ancient kingdom of Zhang Zhung.
Our teachers present us with many opportunities for weekend teachings, retreats and weekly practice of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen. We invite everyone to join us for weekly meditation practice Tuesday nights at 7pm. All are welcome.
Rinpoche invites all Bon Practioners to come to the Yeru Retreat Center for a private retreat.
Contact Yeru Bon Center to arrange.
Yeru Retreat Center is a private, beautiful lakeshore cabin resort. It welcomes its guests with a calm, refreshing, and spiritual energy.
Bön teaches us about nature and balance. Balance for our environment, as well as our Mind, Body and Spirit. Yeru Retreat Center offers the sound of nature from our woods and lake. It offers peace and tranquility for all who come. Yungdrung Bön is known as the most ancient unbroken spiritual tradition. Yeru Retreat Center is the perfect place to allow our Bon monks and teachers to teach the authentic teachings of Bön to their students here in the Western world.
During break times, early morning or evening hours, feel free to take one of the canoes or row boats out on the lake, take a swim or relax on the beach area. Watch for the eagles as they fly by to greet us. You will hear the sounds of the owls as they sing for us, and the wood peckers tapping at the trees. You will see and hear the sounds of the loons, the swans and more of Minnesota’s amazing nature. Perhaps you might get lucky to see a northern lights display. It will be a harmonizing environment for all Yungdrung Bön teachings.
Retreat Center Additional Details
There are various forms of housing for students to be able to come for a teaching or retreats.
Single or dormitory ~ Except for tent space, all rooms and Yeru Retreat Center tents include mattress, bedding sheets, blanket and pillows.
• $10.00 a night per person for tent space (you bring all you need)
• $20 a night for a large Yeru 10x10x8 tent
• $15 a night for shared two persons 10x10x8 tent
• $30 a night per person for 6 to 8 person dorm room
• $40 a night per person for 2-4 person semi-private loft room
• $55 a night per person for double room with 2 twin or one full
• $65 a night per person for single semi-private room
• $55 a night for inside private cabin room for up to 3 people (bunk room)
• $140 a night private room with king bed, private bathroom (one available)
• $2 a night electricity (for CPAP use)
• $5 a day light housekeeping
Important – Yeru Retreat Center is located in the woods of Minnesota, it can rain or snow depending on the time of the year. Please be mindful of what you might need. Although we provide sheets and blankets, feel free to bring a sleeping bag or other essentials you feel you might need. There are sleeping bags located at the Retreat Center, call ahead to reserve a sleeping bag, if you wish.
Meals – Your fees include meals. Yeru Retreat Center prepares meals family style. Clean healthy foods: Vegetarian, Vegan and regular meals are prepared. If you have a special diet, please contact us or feel free to bring your own easy-to-prepare meals.
There will be coffee/tea/water/milk available.
Transportation to Yeru Retreat Center
Yeru Retreat Center is located:
• 2.5 – 3 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport
• 30 minutes from Brainerd Lakes Airport
You can rent a car on your arrival to Minnesota and take the beautiful drive to Yeru Retreat Center.
Yeru Bon Center offers transportation from the Minneapolis airport. We rent a van for 7-8 people at the rate of $75 a person for both directions. You will be picked up from the airport and driven to the retreat center.
Pricing varies depending on the amount of people in need of transportation, could be less, but not more than $75.00 per person.
A chat room is provided for people to discuss shared rides or to share a room.
Shuttle timing. The last van leaves for Yeru Retreat Center at noon the day before the retreat begins (example: If the retreat begins on the 21st, the last van leaves on the 20th by noon) Please plan your flights accordingly if you would like to be a part of the shuttle. – You may come in a day earlier, but please know, you will be responsible for your own transportation if your flight is delayed or not planned accordingly to come in before 10:00 a.m. the day before the retreat.
Retreat Center Temple
We invite you to be a part of our growth, benefiting all Bonpos worldwide.
We are so excited as the plans for our temple are in its final working design. We feel so fortunate to have a devoted Bonpo architect design an amazing temple which will blend into the natural resources of Yeru Retreat Center which is zoned as a protected lake and area. It is being designed to house approximately 200 people, including a formal altar and throne. Overlooking Garuda Lake and nestled within the forest, Yeru Retreat Center has been designed to welcome all visitors to enjoy the natural wilderness. We are home to eagles, foxes, loons, deer, and tons of other wildlife. Hours from Minneapolis and accessible by three airports.
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