Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig Led by Lama Tsering and Lama Norgyal

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig Led by Lama Tsering and Lama Norgyal

Date: Sat, Nov 16, 2019 5:00 am - Wed, Nov 20, 2019 6:00 am
Duration: 4 Days, 1 Hour

November 16 - 20, 2019  (Saturday - Wednesday)

PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is November 1, 2019.


November 19 is the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm, and is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.

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.

The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins Nov 16 (Saturday) at 5:30 am.  Ends Nov 18 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins Nov 18 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends Nov 20 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.

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 5:00 am every day throughout the retreat.

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.


Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation by Novemebr 1, 2019.

The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations.  Prices per set and per person are:

  • Dorm: $85/ Non-Members   $65/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $105 /Non-Members   $85 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $130 /Non-Members   $105 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $135 /Non-Members   $125 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $155 /Non-Members   $135 /Member

Please note:
 When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

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