Scheduled Dates

3/6/2020   12:01 AM  11:59 PM
3/7/2020   12:01 AM  11:59 PM

DHS546 Nyung Nay Purification Retreat

duration 03/6
to 03/7

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Located in : New House, Main Classroom
Instructor: Lama Palzang

Regular Student: $235.00

Nyung Nay (“Fasting Retreat”) is an intensive practice focusing on Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Each session includes visualization, prayers, and mantra. This purification retreat includes fasting, periods of prostration, and taking day-long vows.

Nyung Nay is practiced in order to purify one's mind, create merit, and cultivate compassion. It  can serve as a powerful reset for one’s life and practice, rupturing unproductive patterns and healing root causes of imbalance.

The lineage of the Nyung Nay practice began with Gelong-ma Palmo, a nun who experienced great hardship and cured herself of leprosy through dedicated application of this practice revealed to her by Avalokitesvara. 

In keeping with the practice’s themes of purification, please wear clean clothes in white colors and avoid wearing fragrance or adornments. You will also be agreeing to forgo entertainment and socializing during this retreat. 

Cost: $360 Residential / $235 Non-Residential. Residential includes a 2-night stay in a private room and instruction. Please add $150 for an extra night’s stay. Non-residential includes instruction only. Online registration is available for non-residential participation only. To sign up for residential participation, please call or email us to reserve your room. 

Instructor(s): Lama Palzang. Retreat begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, ends at 5 PM on Saturday.

More information: 

The first day begins at 10 am with practice instructions. Retreatants participate in practice sessions in silence, with only a light lunch served for the day; liquids are allowed throughout the first day. The second day is a complete fast, with no food or liquids taken. The fast is broken on the morning of the third day, with check-out by 11 am. 

In order to participate, you should be in good health and free of hypo- or hyper-glycemic concerns including diabetes. You should also have familiarity with Buddhist teachings and agree to follow the discipline of the retreat, including fasting, silence, the eight Mahayana precepts (see below), and attending all sessions unless arranged in advance with the instructor. If you have any questions about your suitability for this retreat, please contact us to speak to an advisor.

The eight Mahayana precepts, a set of one-day vows, are: avoidance of killing, stealing, sexual activity, telling lies, taking intoxicants, eating more than one meal, singing, dancing, or playing music, wearing jewelry, and using high seats or beds.