Nyung Nay Retreat

Compassion Fasting Retreat

28 June – 15 July (Join for all or part)

A chance to complete up to Eight Nyung Nays

The Nyung Nay retreat is a two-day intensive practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, involving meditating on bodhicitta, visualizing Chenrezig, reciting prayers, chanting compassion mantras, and performing prostrations. We start early in the morning taking the 24-hour Mahayana Precepts, with the addition of complete fasting (no food or drink) and silence on the second day. Doing even one Nyung Nay for just two days is said to be as effective as three months of other purification practices and is extremely powerful for purifying negative karma and opening the heart to compassion. 

Mahamudra will offer a series of eight two-day Nyung Nays over the 16 days leading up to Chokhor Duchen, the day commemorating the Buddha’s First Teaching, on 14th July. Participants are welcome to join for one or more of the two-day cycles, or for the whole retreat.

What is the purpose of this practice?

Lama Yeshe: “It is nothing other than developing and expanding the dedicated heart of bodhicitta…take the practice of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig)…the whole reason for having your consciousness manifest as a divine light-being with one thousand arms is so that you can lend a hand to one thousand suffering beings.”

 Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “While doing a Nyung Nay, we may experience hunger, thirst, tiredness, pain and other difficulties. The more difficulties…the greater the purification…and we experience the hardships not only for ourselves but for the sake of the happiness of all sentient beings. Since it’s an intense practice, it’s very helpful for realizations…With Nyung Nay practice, you also receive the blessings of Guru Chenrezig in your heart, which makes your mind softer… When you meditate on renunciation, impermanence and death, compassion or bodhicitta, you will feel it strongly. You recite the words and then you feel them in your heart. Otherwise, you recite the words but your heart is like stone; there’s no connection between your heart and the words.”



  • You should be a Buddhist, having formally taken refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Those who have not formally taken refuge, please contact the spiritual program coordinator.
  • You must be familiar with the Lam Rim (the Graduated Path to Enlightenment) and have attended at least one introductory course in Tibetan Buddhism.
  • You must agree to follow the discipline of the retreat, including fasting, strict silence, attending all sessions, and wearing appropriate clothing (no shorts or sleeveless shirts)


One Nyung Nay requires being resident here for 3 nights, in order to incorporate 2 full practice days with an early morning start on the first day and a final session early morning on the third day. So depending how many Nyung Nays you wish to join, you would need to check in the afternoon before your first Nyung Nay begins and check out the morning after your final Nyung Nay ends. Please refer to the table below for detailed check in/out dates.






& 30 June

of 28 June

of 1 July


& 2 July

of 30 June

of 3 July


& 4 July

of 2 July

of 5 July


& 6 July

of 4 July

of 7 July


& 8 July

of 6 July

of 9 July


& 10 July

of 8 July

of 11 July


& 12 July

of 10 July

of 13 July


& 14 July

of 12 July

of 15 July

 The 14th July commemorates the Buddha’s First Teaching when the wheel of Dharma was set in motion. This Wheel Turning Day is an auspicious day for this practice and all the merit created is multiplied 100,000 times. 

Resource Materials:

Teachings from the Thousand-Arm Chenrezig Retreat (Audio and Unedited Transcripts) By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chin-liang, Taichung County, Taiwan, 2001

About the Retreat Leader

Roy Fraser is Centre Director and one of the original founders of Mahamudra Centre. He is a student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and many other great masters. He has been practicing Buddhism for over 40 years and is experienced in leading Nyung Nay retreats. He is keen to ensure this powerful, heart-opening purification practice continues to be offered in New Zealand.

Retreat Costs.. We aim to keep course costs as low as possible. There are no costs to complete the actual practice, this cost covers meals and facilities fees. Accommodation is an extra charge.

…$88 for each 2 day retreat

Add Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Centre at an additional cost. When making your booking or booking enquiry, please let us know the type of accommodation you prefer and we will get back to you. (Please note that accommodation for group retreats cannot be booked directly through the online booking system on our Accommodation page.)

Accommodation - Prices per night

Camping per person (unpowered)                             $20

Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities)         $32

Single room (shared toilet facilities)                         $55

Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities)                 $55

Single cabin (self-contained)                                           $100

Double room (shared toilet facilities)                   $76 (for 2)

Double cabin (self- contained)                            $100 (for 2)

Triple room                                                               $94 (for 3)

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