Nyung Nä Retreat: The Means of Achievement of the Eleven-Face Great Compassionate One (1000-Arm Chenrezig, also known as Avalokiteshvara)
The Nyung Nä retreat is an intensive purification retreat that includes two days of fasting, taking the 8 Mahayana Precepts, prostrations, prayers, mantra recitation, and offerings. Nyung nä is a practice based on the deity, 1,000 armed Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. This retreat is being held over the special Buddhist holy day of Chokhor Duchen, the anniversary of Buddha’s First Teaching, which is a merit-multiplying day on 16 July. On these special Buddha Multiplying Days, karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
Doing even one Nyung Nä is said to be as effective as three months of other purification practices and is extremely powerful for healing illness, purifying negative karma, and opening the heart to compassion. According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Abiding in the Retreat: A Nyung Nä Commentary:
Nyung nä is a practice that is very easy to do and yet has unbelievable power. There is extraordinary benefit in doing nyung näs. Everybody should definitely attempt to do nyung nä practice, this powerful method of purification. You shouldn’t regard nyung nä practice as unimportant and be careless about it. You must practice it, and from your heart you must recite OM MANI PADME HUM.
Doing this practice is an unbelievably powerful way to collect the most extensive merit and to purify the negative karmas collected during beginningless rebirths. Doing that is a most powerful way to develop realizations, especially compassion for sentient beings. Doing Chenrezig meditation-recitation can really purify any negative karma and is the quickest way to achieve enlightenment. Don’t miss the opportunity to do this practice. And the harder you find it to do, the better it is, because you will purify more negative karma. As well as bringing powerful purification, however, it helps you to develop so much compassion for sentient beings. Nyung nä practice is also very effective in healing sicknesses, even those that are difficult to cure, where other methods have been tried and haven’t helped. By confessing to the guru, reciting the Chenrezig mantra and doing nyung näs, people have been cured of such sicknesses. Nyung nä is very powerful.
The retreat will be led by Roy Fraser, Centre Director and one of Mahamudra Centre’s founders.
There is complete fasting (no food or drink) and silence on the second day, and the entire retreat involves fasting combined with intensive physical prostrations, so participants need to be in good mental and physical health. Participants must also stay on Mahamudra Centre’s grounds for the entirety of the retreat.
- You should be a Buddhist, having formally taken refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
- You should have taken the Great 1000-Armed Chenrezig Initiation, which will require taking the Bodhisattva Vows. If you do not already have a Great 1000-Armed Chenrezig Initiation, to participate in this Nyung Nay Retreat, you should have received a complete initiation (wang) from one of the three higher classes of tantra, or an initiation of one of the deities of the tathagata or lotus family of Kriya Tantra.
- You must be familiar with the Lam Rim (the Graduated Path to Enlightenment as presented in the Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist tradition) and have attended at least one introductory course in Tibetan Buddhism.
- You must have read all information on this website about the Retreat and agree to follow the discipline of the Retreat, including fasting, strict silence, attending all sessions, and wearing appropriate clothing (no shorts or sleeveless shirts).
- If you have never done Nyung Nays before you must attend the introductory session on Friday night, where all the explanations of the practice will be given.
We offer this course to you on a donation basis. To register, you just need to pay for food and your choice of accommodation, and you can add a donation in whatever amount you can afford to give with an open heart. If you need to cancel, we’ll refund your money minus a $50 administration fee until 24 hours before the retreat begins, at which time the registration is non-refundable.
Arrivals are on Saturday the 14th, with a mandatory introductory session at 7:00pm, then the practice begins before dawn on Sunday and continues through to an early morning session on Tuesday the 17th finishing with a breaking of the fast at breakfast. Delicious and homemade vegan meals (with dairy provided on the side) provided for $25. If you are arriving before 6:00pm on Friday, you can add dinner for an additional $7.50. Gluten-free available on request for an additional $6 for the retreat.
To register, please complete the Nyung Na Application. Deadline for applications is 1 July.