Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat

4 Consecutive 2-Days Sessions

Date: 22 Oct - 30 Oct 2015

1000 Armed Chenrezig


A Nyungne Retreat is a special two-day meditation, fasting and purification retreat based on the practice of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig and is known for its power in the purification of negative karma and the accomplishment of enlightened qualities.

History of the Practice

This practice was originated by Gelongma Palmo, (Bhikkuni Lakshmi), who was one of the greatest masters of the 1,000-armed Chenrezig.

She was born into an Indian royal family but chose Buddhist ordination in her youth. She studied with many of the masters of her time and practiced diligently. Sadly however, due to the ripening of karma, she contracted leprosy and was subsequently abandoned in the forest. She had a vision of King Indrabodhi who advised her to do Avalokiteshvara practices.

Gelongma Palmo recited the mantras of Avalokiteshvara and devised and practiced the purification ritual or Nyungne retreat continuously before a mysterious image of 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara that appeared to her in a forest clearing.

It is said that she recovered from leprosy and having developed great dedication and compassion for all beings, she became an enlightened guide to many disciples to whom she passed down the practice of Nyungne.

The Retreat

The Nyungne is a retreat of body, speech and mind from non-virtuous actions, focusing on keeping strict vows for a two-day period, generating the Bodhisattva attitude, and reciting the sadhana of the 1000-armed Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of compassion.

The vows to be observed include refraining from:

  • Killing.
  • Stealing.
  • Lying.
  • Sexual activities (celibacy).
  • Drinking alcohol, taking drugs, smoking cigarettes.
  • Using perfumes, wearing make-up or ornaments, singing, playing music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.
  • Eating in inappropriate times.
  • Sitting in high seats.

The Programme

A set of Nyungne consists of 2 days of strict practice. On the first day, participants will take one meal at noon, and fast the rest of the day while engaging in four sessions of practice. Like other Vajrayana sadhanas, the Nyungne sadhana involves visualization of the deity, accompanied by prayers, offerings and prostrations, and extensive recitation of the mantra. The sessions begin early in the morning and conclude in the late afternoon.

On the second day, participants will observe complete fasting from food and water, and will also maintain strict silence, except for the recitation of the Sadhana.

The retreat concludes early in the morning of the third day with a short practice session. The vows, fasting and silence are concluded at the end of this session.

The Nyungne Retreat is comprehensive in that it combines practice methods from all three Yanas, or Vehicles, of Buddhism. The vows reflect the rigorous discipline of the Common Vehicle, the generation of the Enlightened Attitude reflects the Greater Vehicle, and the actual practice of 1000-Armed Chenrezig reflects the Vehicle of Secret Mantra.

Benefits of the Practice

Nyungne is a practice of yidam from Kriya-tantra tradition which not only helps to purify a lot of negative karma in a short time and accumulate merits but also aids in healing illness and opening the heart to compassion. It is said that pure practice on one pair of Nyungne closes the gates of rebirth in lower realms, and the pure completion of eight pairs of Nyungne's leads to rebirth in the Dewachen Pure Land.

In addition, reciting the six syllable Mani Mantra during the retreat, not only purifies the six seeds of the six realms within oneself, it also pacifies the sufferings of all beings. In this way, the practice brings peace to the entire world and can be a cause for World Peace, very appropriate and timely in these degenerate times.

General Advice for Participants

Residents as well as visitors may join in these retreats, which are generally enjoyed by all (in spite of the difficulties!). Participants can choose to attend all four pairs of Nyungne's, a few or just one set as you wish.

If you have any doubts about your health and your ability to physically handle this retreat, please consult your doctor. The prostrations are strenuous but it is possible to perform them at a slow speed.

The Nyungne starts as early as 4 AM with the taking of the 8 Mahayana Precepts and participants have to arrive the day before.

Explanations and instructions will be given at the beginning of the practice, thus for the people who are practicing it for the first time, it is advisable to attend the 1st pair of Nyungne.

Schedule for Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat
Programme Date
Oral transmission of the practice 22 Oct 2015 (evening)
First set of Nyungne 23 - 24 Oct 2015
Second set of Nyungne 25 - 26 Oct 2015
Third set of Nyungne 27 - 28 Oct 2015
Fourth set of Nyungne 29 - 30 Oct 2015
Grand Dedication 31 Oct 2015 (morning)

Apply For This Retreat

1 - Download Registration Form

To register, please download the registration form (word doc), then fill out the form.

Download Registration Form for Retreat

2 - Email Completed Registration Form

Once completed please submit the registration form via email to: info@kirtipur.org or admin.kibs@gmail.com

Shamatha Teaching & Meditation Retreat

In accordance with Mahamudra Lineage

Date: 1 - 7 Dec 2015

Led by: Ven Shangpa Rinpoche

The practice of Shamatha (Tibetan: Shinay) or Calm Abiding meditation is an essential and important practice for one who seeks realisation on the true nature of mind. The attainment of meditative concentration through the practice of Shamatha meditation forms a vital basis for one to progress to Vipassana (Tibetan: Lhatong) or insight meditation. The development of transcendental wisdom and ultimate realisation of the mind nature through the perfection of insight meditation liberates us from inner delusions and resulting sufferings.

In this retreat, Rinpoche will offer concise explanations and practical guided instructions on the Mahamudra approach to developing Shamatha and Vipassana meditation basing on the following important texts in the lineage namely : "Ocean of Certainty" (Tibetan Ngedon Gyamtso) by the 9th Karmapa Wangchug Dorje, "The Moonlight-Quintessence of Mind and Meditation" and the Stages of Meditation by Stages of Meditation.

As part of the retreat, Rinpoche will also be introducing the two key phases of meditation in the Vajrayana path : the practice of "Kyerim" (the generation or creation phase) and "Dzogrim", (the completion phase) in the Tantric meditation of yidam and mandala.

Personal and group practices are the emphasis for this retreat with opportunities for all to clarify doubts in one's practice.

Students who have attended the introductory course to Mahamudra in the previous year will find this retreat beneficiary as more detailed practical explanations to these introductory teachings will be offered.

Since sustained personal practice is key to progress on the path and practice commitments is an integral part of this retreat. Students who are committed to this practice will be able to progress to the next level of the teaching and practice in the following years (for at least 3 to 5 years).

Apply For This Retreat

1 - Download Registration Form

To register, please download the registration form (word doc), then fill out the form.

Download Registration Form for Retreat

2 - Email Completed Registration Form

Once completed please submit the registration form via email to: info@kirtipur.org or admin.kibs@gmail.com