Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

Date: Sat, May 23, 2020 5:30 am - Mon, Jun 08, 2020 9:30 am
Duration: 16 Days, 4 Hours
                                                        May 23 - June 8, 2020


In light of the coronavirus outbreak, to protect the well-being and safety of everyone, Palpung Thubten Chöling Monastery is temporarily closed to the public. 


1000armChenrezigResizedThe resident sangha of PTC will be practicing 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.


The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 23 (Saturday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 25 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 25 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 27 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 27 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 29 Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 29 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 31 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 31 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 2 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins June 2 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 4 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins June 4 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 6 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins June 6 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 8 (Monday) about 9:30 am.



For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, donations can be made towards meals or the tea served on non-fasting days. General contributions towards this special practice are also welcome. Be sure to include a prayer with your donation which will be read aloud to the assembly.


You may make your donations on-line or simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:


Kagyu Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.


Please make checks payable to Kagyu Thubten Choling or KTC. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge to (845) 297-5761. For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.


As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.