Lama Tsondru will lead retreat participants through two sets of Nyungneys. This is a purification practice which involves the fasting of body (food and drink), the fasting of speech (silence) and the fasting of the mind, through meditation. The benefits of participating in this practice are enormous, and therefore everyone is strongly encouraged to attend as often as possible.
Prerequisite for participation: Everyone is welcome to participate in Nyungne practice as long as you take the Refuge and Eight Precepts vows. The Eight Precepts are taken during the Nyungnes and Lama Tsondru can give Refuge to those willing to take this vow. It is ideal but not essential to have received the empowerment to do the 1,000-Armed Chenrezig practice.
History: Gelongma Palmo (Skt. Bhishuni Lakshmi or Bhikshuni Shrimati), introduced the Nyungnay practice, which is a special fasting practice of purification and merit accumulation based on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Great Compassion. She was a princess of an ancient Indian kingdom. Through devoted and extensive practice of One-Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara for twelve years, Gelongma Palmo overcame the severe illness of leprocy and attained enlightenment. Thereafter, she passed the methods and blessings of this practice known as Nyungnay down through a lineage of great practitioners that continues to this day.
This intensive practice involves maintaining the eight Mahayana precepts (not to kill, not to steal, not to commit sexual misconduct, not to lie, not to take intoxicants, not to take high or luxurious seats, not to sing, dance or wear ornaments and not to eat after midday) on the first day, and taking additional vows of not eating, drinking or talking for twenty-four hours on the second day. The meditation and practice sessions include praises, prostrations and mantra recitation.
|Fri Mar 28||TRC||Start of Nyungney Pair 1|
|Sat Mar 29||TRC||Nyungney Pair 1|
|Sun Mar 30||TRC||Start of Nyungney Pair 2|
|Mon Apr 1||TRC||Nyungney Pair 2|
|Tues Apr 2||TRC||Nyungneys end|