28 June – 15 July (Join for all or part!)
The Nyung Nay retreat is a two-day intensive practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, involving meditating on bodhicitta, visualizing Chenrezig, reciting prayers, chanting compassion mantras, and performing prostrations. We start early in the morning taking the 24-hour Mahayana Precepts, with the addition of complete fasting (no food or drink) and silence on the second day. Doing even one Nyung Nay for just two days is said to be as effective as three months of other purification practices and is extremely powerful for purifying negative karma and opening the heart to compassion.
Mahamudra will offer a series of eight two-day Nyung Nays over the 16 days leading up to Chokhor Duchen, the day commemorating the Buddha’s First Teaching, on 14th July. Participants are welcome to join for one or more of the two-day cycles, or for the whole retreat.
Lama Yeshe on Nyung Nay: “It is nothing other than developing and expanding the dedicated heart of bodhicitta…take the practice of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig)…the whole reason for having your consciousness manifest as a divine light-being with one thousand arms is so that you can lend a hand to one thousand suffering beings.”
This retreat is open to anyone who is a Buddhist, having formally taken refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and has attended at least one introductory course in Tibetan Buddhism. If you do not meet these requirements but are interested in attending, please contact the spiritual program coordinator: email@example.com.