Program Name Program Details Led By Date
10 days Purification Retreat
Nyungne Fasting Retreat
Merit Multiplying Date (Lhabab Duchen) 31 Oct 2018
Nyungne Retreat will end before breakfast on the morning of 1st Nov 2018
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Ven. Tseyang Rinpoche and Sangha 23 Oct - 1 Nov 2018
6 days Teaching & Meditation Retreat
Mind Training & The Essential Points of Tantric Meditation
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Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 26 Nov - 1 Dec 2018
8 days Teaching & Personal Retreat
Bring Your Own Practice: Intensive guided retreat for deepening your personal practice Ven. Dupseng Rinpoche 3 Dec - 10 Dec 2018

Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat

4 Consecutive 2-Days Sessions

Date: 23 Oct - 1 Nov 2018

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(31 October 2018 is Lha Bab Duchen - Merit Multiplying Date)

1000 Armed Chenrezig

Introduction

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
Report and check-in 23 Oct 2018 (1 pm)
Oral Transmission and Instructions by Tseyang Rinpoche 23 Oct 2018 (2 pm)
First set of Nyungne 24 - 25 Oct 2018
Second set of Nyungne 26 - 27 Oct 2018
Third set of Nyungne 28 - 29 Oct 2018
Fourth set of Nyungne 30 - 31 Oct 2018
Grand Dedication 1 Nov 2018 (morning)

31 Oct 2018 is Lha Bab Duchen - Merit Multiplying Date (Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from Tushita Heaven).

This is the anniversary of the Buddha's descent from the heavenly realm to earth. Buddha Shakyamuni ascended to The Heaven of Thirty-Three in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in the desire realm and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. This is considered to be one of the great deeds of the Buddha among eight great deeds. On Lha-Bab Duchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times and the practice of virtuous activities and prayer on this day is strongly encouraged.

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Apply For This Retreat

1 - Fill in Registration Form

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2 - Email Completed Registration Form

Once completed please send an email with a subject header in this format [course name / your name / e-registration / date of e-registration] to: admin.kibs@gmail.com

Mind Training and the Essential Points of Tantric Meditation

Taught by Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche

Date: 26 November to 1 December 2018

Mind Training

We often experience conflicts and emotional turmoil in our daily lives. Rather than being disheartened, join us in learning how to transform them into spiritual growth.

Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Mind Training succinctly teaches us how to deal with such challenges on our path to awakening. It elucidates how the Mahayana attitude is put into action. With this, we need not look elsewhere for the dharma as it is present in every situation. It is a valuable practice that unveils our natural radiance of wisdom and compassion.

Essential Points of Tantric Meditation

Creation and Completion are two stages of tantric meditation. Creation refers to the visualization of deities and so forth, and Completion refers to the dissolution of such visualizations into emptiness. The union of these two stages is an exceptionally skilful technique. If one lacks essential understanding of it and enters into the practice of deity yoga, it is not possible to progress on the path to realisation.

Take this course to deepen your understanding and make your practice of deity yoga truly meaningful.

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1 - Fill in Registration Form

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2 - Email Completed Registration Form

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8 Days Teaching & Personal Retreat with Venerable Dupseng Rinpoche

Bring Your Own Practice: Intensive guided retreat for deepening your personal practice

Date: 3 December - 10 December 2018

For the first time ever Rinpoche is going to offer the very precious opportunity for practitioners to deepen their individual practice under Rinpoche's guidance. The sessions will be held in small subject-oriented groups where practitioners can receive answers to their questions, in-depth teachings and guidance, based on their needs and where they are in their practice.

Many of the practices we do in Vajrayana are secret in nature and require transmissions before we can even hear about them therefore, the group sessions will be limited to those who have the right transmissions and are actually practicing the said transmission's practice.

You will need to indicate in the registration your main choice of practice for the retreat (ONE practice).

You can optionally register up to two additional practices that you have been doing and would like to learn more about.

For the registered practice choice, both main and additional, you have to have received empowerment and you need to already be practicing it.

The retreat will follow the usual structure of six practice sessions per day:
- one early in the morning before breakfast
- two between breakfast and lunch
- two between lunch and dinner
- one after dinner

The retreat emphasizes on private self practice of your chosen main practice, except for scheduled group sessions (or individual interviews). Due to the nature of this retreat, practitioners may have to have a few private practice times before the first group session of practitioner's chosen main practice. Therefore, it is imperative to select a main practice that you are already doing.

Apply For This Retreat

1 - Fill in Registration Form

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2 - Email Completed Registration Form

Once completed please send an email with a subject header in this format [course name / your name / e-registration / date of e-registration] to: admin.kibs@gmail.com