Nyung-Ney (Fasting Retreat) is an effective practice for purifying our negativities. The practice was revealed by Bhikshuni Phalmo, a practitioner who suffered from leprosy. She performed this practice for 12 years in conjunction with Chenrezig or Buddha of Compassion (Avalokiteshvara) practice and became a great Siddhi, attaining the Celestial Body. The retreat course involves fasting and multiple daily sessions of prostration and recitation of the sadhana and praises. This is an intensive spiritual practice to purify obscurities and negativities and accumulate merit. The practice involves taking only one vegetarian meal on Saturday and then fasting until an early morning breakfast on Monday. Practitioners will also recite the six syllable Mantra OM MANI PED ME HUNG. This mantra purifies the six seeds of the six realms within oneself and has the effect of pacifying the suffering of all beings. Click here to download the 1000-Arm Chenrezig Practice Text.
Prerequisites: For those who are planning to attend the Retreat, there is a prerequisite of having had either a Chenrezig empowerment or one of the highest yoga Tantra initiations.
Cost of the Retreat: Gyuto Foundation offers all teachings free of charge, but we request a $60 donation per person for the retreat. If you are interested in staying overnight, please bring your own air mattress or sleeping bag; additional $10-$15 requested donation for overnight stay . Please note that we have no more space available inside for the retreat. If you would like to bring a small tent for camping outdoors on the property, please feel free.
Registration required: We request that anyone intending to participate in this Nyung-Ney Retreat, please register by email info[at]gyutofoundation.org or call us at (510) 926-3969.
Friday: Check in at 5:00 pm. Introduction to Nyung-ney Practice information session from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Saturday: Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts (24 hour vows) at 5:30 am - 6:00 am. Actual retreat session will be from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. No breakfast. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Lunch must be finished by 12:30 and no dinner or any other solid food will be taken. Drinks are allowed until mid-night of Saturday.
Sunday: A day of silence starting with taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts in the morning like the previous day then completing a 24-hour fast - NO food or liquid to be taken. For practitioners taking medication, a sip of water may be taken with medication.
Monday: No Eight Mahayana Precepts will be taken on Monday. However, members will take blessing water from the vase or from the head Lama and will thenbe allowed to break the silence. A light breakfast will be servedat 6:00am before the next session. The last session will be from 7:00 am - 10:00 am, then the retreat will be completed and you can rejoice in your accomplishment.
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