Nyung Nay Retreat
Compassion Fasting Retreat
28 June -15 July 2021
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.
One Nyung Nay requires being resident here for three nights, in order to incorporate two full practice days with an early morning start on the first day and a final session early morning on the third day. So for example if you are just joining us for Nyung Nay 2 (1st-2nd July), you would check in the afternoon of 30th June and check out mid/late morning on 3rd July. (Likewise, if you join for two consecutive Nyung Nays you would stay here for five nights.. etc!)
29th-30th June ~ Nyung Nay 1
1st-2nd July ~ Nyung Nay 2
3rd-4th July ~ Nyung Nay 3
5th-6th July ~ Nyung Nay 4
7th-8th July ~ Nyung Nay 5
9th-10th July ~ Nyung Nay 6
11th-12th July ~ Nyung Nay 7
13th-14th July ~ Nyung Nay 8
- 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).
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.