The meditation community of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Minneapolis, MN   |
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EIN: 26-4735078


Transform hearts and minds by making the ancient wisdom of meditation accessible to the modern world.

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Executive Director

Cortland Dahl Ph.D.

Main address

1621 E Hennepin Ave, Suite 210

Minneapolis, MN 55414 USA

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Formerly known as

Rime Foundation



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Secular groups

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The rise of mental psychological challenges like anxiety and depression has reached epidemic levels in recent years, with nearly 40% of US adults reporting struggling with mental health and substance abuse in 2020. It is also estimated that 75% of all lifetime mental health difficulties emerge by the age of 25 years old. Poor mental health can cause significant disability, and for young people, it is associated with an increased risk of antisocial behavior, substance misuse, unemployment, and suicide. Growing economic inequality, social justice issues, climate change, and the COVID pandemic have added further stress and uncertainty to our individual and collective lives, elevating mental health to a major public health crisis. Related to these, another critical aspect of the problem is lack of access to mental health support due to financial barriers, lack of awareness, discrimination, shortage of skilled support, and inability to seek professional help due to social stigma/shame.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Joy of Living

The Joy of Living is a three-stage path of meditation training through which we learn how to calm the mind, open the heart, and develop wisdom. Though rooted in the spiritual tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the meditation practices that are taught in the Joy of Living work with basic functions of the heart and mind, such as mindful awareness and loving-kindness and compassion. These teachings can be practiced by people of all faiths and belief systems.

Population(s) Served

The Path of Liberation is an experiential path of meditation for those who wish to practice the Buddhist teachings under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. They build on the foundational teachings of the Joy of Living and encompass essential practices of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The Path of Liberation presents a series of meditation techniques designed to strip away the causes of suffering and uncover the radiant awareness that underlies all experience.

Population(s) Served

Students in the Meditation Teacher Program will explore three pillars of study. The first pillar focuses on awareness, compassion, and wisdom; the second is on teaching skills; and the third is on developing the skills for taking meditation into different environments.

The program is suitable for:
-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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Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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By tracking average number of dollars received per donor, we can evaluate how well we are meeting donors' expectations, and how efficient our fundraising efforts are.

Number of donors retained

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Donor retention information helps us measure how well we are meeting donor expectations of impact, and the relevance of our activities to the community.

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We track number of new donors as a measure of how relevant our programs are to people and communities, and how well we are doing in strengthening relations with members of the community.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Tergar helps people to strengthen their mental health and realize their potential for well-being by offering step-by-step training in meditation. Through online and local events, online courses, expert guidance, and a global community of meditators, we teach people how to meditate and support them on their journey. These offerings teach both secular and Buddhist meditators practical skills to deal with challenging emotions and to live with more awareness, compassion, and wisdom.

Our core purpose is to help people live with boundless awareness, compassion, and wisdom. Our primary 5-year goal is to support 100,000 meditators on their path.

Although there are many programs and products targeting the new, casual meditator, comparatively few target new meditators who are more highly motivated and those that are more experienced, and who are looking for ways to deepen their practice. Tergar is perfectly positioned to serve these groups of meditators, who are likely to be a large and growing segment of the overall market. Such meditators are likely to seek expert, ongoing guidance, a clear path to follow, and a community of like-minded meditators.

We also intend to focus on self-discovery and self-actualization as the core of our identity and offerings, instead of focusing solely on problems like sleep and anxiety. This enables us to stand out from the many existing meditation programs and products, most of which focus on the negative without painting a positive picture of human growth and potential.

Our efforts will reach this audience through a variety of channels, including social media, influencers, and through our many local communities around the world. We will focus on speaking to the problems of the modern world, but focusing on our positive potential for growth and self-discovery, rather than over-emphasizing the problems we all face.

Our outreach to the wider audience of new, motivated meditators and more experienced meditators who wish to deepen their practice will focus on helping them connect to a path of transformative meditation practice that is rooted in a positive vision of human potential.

The greatest strength of Tergar International is our guiding teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and our international staff of committed employees and volunteers. Rinpoche provides the highest quality instructional materials and guidance for reaching the broadest group of people who can benefit from the teachings. His gifted ability as a teacher and his popular books ensure that Tergar is continually introduced to new audiences. We have a strong team of seasoned and dedicated instructors and staff, each of whom are experts in the field in which they work. Our executive director, Cortland Dahl, is also a researcher at the Center for Healthy Minds, strengthening Tergar's ties with the scientific community who are investigating the benefits of meditation. We have a dedicated group of volunteers offering services such as translation and subtitling, a global network of community leadership volunteers holding group meetings at the grassroots level, and a generous and committed donor base.

We offer an engaging secular path of self-discovery, rooted in ancient practices, that appeals to a wide audience, from beginners to experienced meditators. Our programs are direct to those who seek guidance in developing a lifelong meditation practice.

We recently launched a new program to help increase access to meditation teachings in various settings. The 11-month Meditation Teacher Program (MTP) certifies teachers to present Anytime Anywhere Meditation and adapt it for their communities, workplaces, or other settings. There are 96 students in the initial cohort. More than 700 people have indicated interest in future cohorts.

We are in the process of piloting the new Anytime Anywhere Meditation course. The initial pilots showed tremendous interest and satisfaction, with over 87% of students indicating they would recommend the program to a friend or loved one. However, the pilot clarified that we need to make changes to the workshops' format and delivery. We are tweaking the curriculum and will run a second round of pilot tests this year.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.75 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of TERGAR INTERNATIONAL’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $350,715 $277,595 $858,942 $1,097,639 $600,263
As % of expenses 17.3% 11.3% 37.9% 36.6% 14.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $328,996 $225,123 $766,012 $950,639 $407,724
As % of expenses 16.0% 9.0% 32.4% 30.2% 9.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,428,398 $2,728,026 $3,120,164 $4,053,588 $4,726,707
Total revenue, % change over prior year 28.7% 12.3% 14.4% 29.9% 16.6%
Program services revenue 59.8% 69.5% 58.6% 72.8% 63.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 38.9% 30.1% 41.3% 27.1% 36.5%
Other revenue 1.2% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,032,681 $2,455,433 $2,268,222 $2,998,949 $4,106,587
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.3% 20.8% -7.6% 32.2% 36.9%
Personnel 33.3% 32.1% 38.1% 35.4% 33.6%
Professional fees 20.8% 15.4% 24.7% 32.9% 37.6%
Occupancy 6.9% 6.3% 6.0% 4.8% 3.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.3% 2.4% 1.2% 8.2% 4.9%
All other expenses 38.7% 43.7% 30.1% 18.8% 20.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,054,400 $2,507,905 $2,361,152 $3,145,949 $4,299,126
One month of savings $169,390 $204,619 $189,019 $249,912 $342,216
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $121,387 $209,381 $197,045 $292,443 $357,104
Total full costs (estimated) $2,345,177 $2,921,905 $2,747,216 $3,688,304 $4,998,446

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.7 3.4 8.1 9.3 8.4
Months of cash and investments 4.7 3.4 8.1 9.3 8.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.1 3.7 7.5 8.9 7.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $798,577 $700,487 $1,523,414 $2,316,817 $2,879,328
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $19,485 $73,402 $52,000 $0 $28,495
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $341,943 $537,168 $648,480 $938,606 $1,288,566
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 57.4% 43.7% 37.3% 41.2% 44.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.4% 7.5% 10.3% 7.2% 16.3%
Unrestricted net assets $840,659 $1,065,782 $1,831,794 $2,782,433 $3,190,157
Temporarily restricted net assets $55,002 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $55,002 $50,000 $43,000 $0 $12,000
Total net assets $895,661 $1,115,782 $1,874,794 $2,782,433 $3,202,157

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Cortland Dahl Ph.D.

Cortland is a scientist, translator, and meditation teacher who offers workshops and leads retreats around the world. He has practiced meditation for nearly three decades and has spent time on retreat in monasteries and retreat centers throughout Japan, Burma, and India, including eight years in Tibetan refugee settlements in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has a Ph.D. in Mind, Brain, and Contemplative Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was mentored by renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson. He also holds a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. In addition to his work as an Instructor for the Tergar community and Executive Director of Tergar International, Cortland serves as Research Scientist and Chief Contemplative Officer at UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds and the center’s affiliated non-profit, Healthy Minds Innovations.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/14/2024
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Board chair

Rasmus Hougaard

The Potential Project

Term: 2009 -

Annie Rosen

Hologram, Inc

Eliza Cheung

Tergar Asia

Khaldoun Shehadeh

Quantum Collective

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Tergar Monastery

Ebiojo Atawodi


Sybelle da Costa Oliveira Ban

Sotreq S.A.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.