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

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

Date: Tue, May 31, 2011 6:00 am - Thu, Jun 16, 2011 6:00 am
(Tue, May 31, 2011 4:00 am - Thu, Jun 16, 2011 4:00 am MDT)
Duration: 16 Days

May 31 - June 16, 2011     

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is May 18, 2011.
Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche and the KTC Sangha will be participating in another 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne - the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation 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 May 31 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends June 2 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins June 2 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 4 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins June 4 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 6 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins June 6 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 8 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins June 8 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 10 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins June 10 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 12 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins June 12 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 14 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins June 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 16 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by May 18, 2011.  This will help us to ensure that the proper number of texts are available as well as to ensure proper meal planning. 

Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing dechi@kagyu.com or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you). 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, please follow the contact instructions above.

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.