Nyung Ne Retreat

Nyung Ne Retreats

Nyung Ne retreat is an effective practice for purifying both environmental pollution and our own faults. The practice was revealed by Bhikshuni Phalmo, a practitioner who suffered from leprosy. She performed this practice for 12 years in conjunction with Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara) practice and became a great siddha, attaining the Celestial Body.

The retreat course involves powerful practices of purification such as periods of fasting, prostrations, and silence. Practitioners will recite a provided sadhana and the six syllable mantra Om Mani Peme Hung. This mantra purifies the six seeds of the six realms within oneself and, furthermore, has the effect of pacifying the suffering of all beings. In this way, the practice brings peace to the entire world and can be a cause for World Peace.

The traditional Nyung Ne purification retreat consists of maintaining eight vows and repeating practices of purification for a set number of days.The vows to be kept for the practice include:

l. Refraining from killing

2. Refraining from stealing

3. Refraining from intercourse

4. Refraining from telling lies

5. Refraining from consuming alcohol or other intoxicants

6. Refraining from idle chatter, singing, dancing, makeup or ornaments

7. Foregoing evening meals

8. Not sitting on high or elaborate seats.

Precepts for the retreat are given before sunrise on the first day and must be taken in order to do the retreat. On the second day of the retreat it is necessary to refrain from speaking and consuming foods and liquids. This is only excusable if one has medication that needs to be taken with food or drink. If you have any doubts about your health and your ability to participate in this retreat, please check with your doctor. Text of the sadhana will be provided. There are no fees or suggested donations for this retreat. If you would like to make a contribution it would be welcome and appreciated.

FRIDAY March 23, Refuge vows and intoduction 7:30 - 8pm Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen will give new students refuge vows. (older students are welcome to renew their vows)

8pm - 9pm Introduction to a Nyung Ne Retreat - this is for new students who would like to participate in the Nyung Ne Retreat at TDL on the following Sat., Sun, and Mon. This short introduction will give you information on what to expect during a Nyung Ne Retreat.

SATURDAY March 24, (5am - 5pm)

First day of Nyung Ne – Vows must be taken before sunrise. Please be on time. Doors will open at 4:45am. There will be a break before noon so that you can have a meal.

SUNDAY March 25, ( 5am - 5pm)

Second day of Nyung Ne – Vows need to be taken before sun rise. Please be on time. Doors will open at 4:45pm. On this day we fast and are silent

MONDAY March 26, (5am - 8:30am)

(NO VOWS TODAY) We will do a short session of the Nyung Ne practice and break our fast with a light breakfast served in the residence.