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Nyung Ne Retreat Essentials

"Doing nyung-nä is the way to save yourself from being born in the lower realms. It’s the quick way to get enlightened for sentient beings and the quick way to free all sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment."

  Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Nyung Ne Retreat Essentials
November 20-23, 2015

Introduction to Nyung Ne

The Nyung Ne retreat is a special practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, begun by the nun Gelongma Palmo several centuries ago. This retreat, which lasts two full days and the morning of the third day, is popular among Tibetan Buddhists because of its ability to aid practitioners in purifying their minds, creating positive potential, and developing compassion.

This practice is especially good to do when we feel stuck in our lives or in our practice, or when we find ourselves continually caught in unproductive physical, mental, or emotional patterns. It can also be effective in curing illness.

The fast that we are to abide in is to abstain from physical, verbal, and mental destructive actions and to abstain from ignorant, angry, and clinging attitudes. To help in the process, the eight Mahayana precepts are taken for two days. These are to abandon:

  1. killing
  2. stealing
  3. sexual activity
  4. lying
  5. intoxicants
  6. sitting on high or expensive beds or seats
  7. singing, dancing, or playing music; wearing perfumes, ornaments, or cosmetics
  8. eating at improper times 

The first day we take one vegetarian meal before noon (no meat, onions, garlic, radishes or eggs). Light beverages can be taken throughout the day. (No juice with pulp. A little milk may be added to tea or coffee, but a glass of milk may not be taken.).  The second day, we do not eat, drink, or speak (this means no water, medicine, etc.). The fast is broken the morning of the third day.

Three meditation sessions are done on the first two days, and one shorter session the morning of the third day. A tsog offering ceremony is done at the conclusion of the retreat in thanksgiving. There is also a discussion group on the first day and a taped talk on the second.

This is a tantric practice, which generally requires the Chenrezig empowerment. However, in the Tibetan community, many people without the empowerment happily participate in the retreat. Each meditation session involves visualization, recitation of verses, prayers, and mantra. There are also two periods of prostrations to Chenrezig, the Buddhas, and bodhisattvas.

People must be healthy to do the retreat. Be sure to tell us of any medical conditions that could affect your health or safety while doing Nyung Ne. Be sure to tell us of any psychological conditions or physical difficulties that could arise during this retreat.

We welcome you to take this two-day vacation with the Buddha of Compassion.


  • Practice the Nyung Ne sadhana so that you’re familiar with it.Click here to download it.
  • Memorize the Praise to Chenrezig that we recite while prostrating. Click here to download it.
  • Look at the Nyung Ne texts available from the FPMT Foundation Store:
  • Read Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig by Thubten Chodron
  • You can bring offerings for the concluding tsog celebration: fruits, cookies (no animal fat or eggs), dried fruit, juices, and whatever else would make nice offerings 

Nyung Ne  Schedule

Retreatants arrive by 3:00 pm. Retreat ends by 11 am on Monday, with no late arrivals or early departures. You are welcome to stay for lunch on Monday.

DAY 1 - Friday

Retreatants arrive by 3:00 pm

DAY 2 - Saturday


9:30 am  SESSION

11:30 am LUNCH


4:30 pm  TEA

5:00 pm  SESSION

DAY 3 - Sunday


9:45 am   SESSION


5:00 pm   SESSION

DAY 4 - Monday

5:00 am  SESSION  (The fast is broken at this session.)

11:00 am RETREAT ENDS (10 am PST)

At the end of this session, there will be a short break for breakfast and then we will meet again to offer “tsog” as a thanksgiving for having had the fortune to do Nyung Ne.

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