Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig - Empowerment, Teachings and Practice Led by Wangchen Rinpoche

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig - Empowerment, Teachings and Practice Led by Wangchen Rinpoche

Date: Fri, Dec 07, 2018 7:30 pm - Mon, Dec 10, 2018 6:00 am
Duration: 2 Days, 10 Hours, 30 Minutes

The Thousand-Armed Chenrezig Empowerment is required for participation in the retreat.


December 7 - 10, 2018 (Friday - Monday)  


Wangchen Rinpoche is a highly respected master and lineage holder of the Shangpa Lineage. Rinpoche is the disciple of the late Enlightened master, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, who was the previous head of the Shangpa Lineage. He also considers H.H. 16 th Gyalwa Karmapa to be his Guru. Rinpoche was born in Darjeeling, India in 1963. He entered Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche’s Monastery at the age of seven. From that time on he lived and traveled with his Guru until the age of sixteen, when he entered three-year retreat.

Wangchen Rinpoche oversees and is directly responsible for two monasteries and one nunnery in the area of ethnic Tibetans in Ganzi District, Sichuan, China. Rinpoche has students and followers all over the world and travels regularly to bestow teachings. Rinpoche is considered a master of the Nyungne practice, the yoga of fasting.



1000armChenrezigResizedThe 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.


Nyungne is gaining in popularity everywhere Rinpoche travels. He considers this to be his service to the Buddhadharma and his special gift to all beings who participate. He explains that this is a gift they can keep forever. Rinpoche’s book, Buddhist Fasting Practice, The Nyungne Method of Thousand Armed Chenrezig, provides comprehensive information about Nyungne.


The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
December 7 (Friday) at 7:30 pm | Thousand-Armed Chenrezig Empowerment followed by Teaching on the Essential Points of Nyungne
December 8 (Saturday) approximately 7:30 pm | Questions & Answers with Wangchen Rinpoche


The dates and times for the nyungne are as follows:
Begins December 8 (Saturday) at 5:00 am. Ends December 10 (Monday) about 6:00 am.



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


Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation. 


The price for the Friday night empowerment and teaching and the nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations. Prices per person are:

  • Dorm: $105/ Non-Members   $80/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $150 /Non-Members   $120 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $155 /Non-Members   $140 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $175 /Non-Members   $150 /Member 


If you plan to attend the Friday evening empowerment and teaching without participating in the nyungne practice the fee for that single session is: $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)

Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.


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

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