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Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery
Date: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 5:00 am
Duration: 16 Days
May 21 - June 6, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline is April 30, 2012.Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche and the KTC Sangha will be participating in 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne - the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.
The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.
Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.
Guests are welcome to participate in any or all of the Nyungne sets but please note - it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before any set as the practice begins as early as 5 am every day throughout the retreat. The dates for each set are as follows:
Set 1 Begins May 21 (Monday) at 5:30 am. Ends May 23 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2 Begins May 23 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am. Ends May 25 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3 Begins May 25 (Friday) at 5:00 am. Ends May 27 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4 Begins May 27 (Sunday) at 5:00 am. Ends May 29 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5 Begins May 29 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am. Ends May 31 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6 Begins May 31 (Thursday) at 5:00 am. Ends June 2 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7 Begins June 2 (Saturday) at 5:00 am. Ends June 4 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8 Begins June 4 (Monday) at 5:00 am. Ends June 6 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Reservations are required. Please submit an on-line reservation by April 30, 2012.
We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of any given nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the retreat. For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.
The price for each nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations. Prices per set are:
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