Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

Date: Sat, Jan 08, 2011 6:30 am - Mon, Jan 24, 2011 6:30 am
(Sat, Jan 08, 2011 4:30 am - Mon, Jan 24, 2011 4:30 am MST)
Duration: 16 Days

January 8 - 24, 2011 

(Registration is now closed)

Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche and the KTC Sangha will be participating in a practice retreat of 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig).  The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation and fasting ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.

The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat.  The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins January 8 (Saturday) at 5:30 am.  Ends January 10 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins January 10 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends January 12 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins January 12 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends January 14 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins January 14 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends January 16 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins January 16 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends January 18 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins January 18 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends January 20 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins January 20 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends January 22 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins January 22 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends January 24 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat.  For further details for how to participate in this way, and for all guests attending a nyungne for the first time please contact Lama Dechi at dechi@kagyu.com or call her at 845-297-2500 by 4 pm on January 3 (Monday).  It is essential that you contact Lama Dechi by this date as she will be participating in the full retreat and therefore unavailable to help answer questions during most of the retreat itself.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by January 1, 2011.  This will help us to ensure that the proper number of texts are available as well as to ensure proper meal planning.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set are:
  • Dorm: $80/ Non-Members   $60/Members
  • Double occupancy: $100 per person/Non-Members   $80 per person/Members
  • Private room: $110/Non-Members    $90/Members
  • Participation in all 8 nyungnes: get 1 free.

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