A Nyungne retreat is a Buddhist practice, which helps to purify negative imprints in the mind (Karma) and to build up merit and wisdom at the same time. For one Nyungne 2 1/2 days of practice are needed, for which one takes vows, which include being silent, fasting, generating the attitude of a Bodhisattva and reciting the puja of the 1000-armed Chenresig, the Buddha of compassion. During this course Lama Jampa will guide us through 2 Nyungnes; but it is also possible to participate in just one Nyungne.
Lama Jampa is Tibetan and comes originally from Yangpachen, the seat of the Shamarpas in Tibet. For many years already he is living and teaching in the USA, where he always kept a very close contact with Shamar Rinpoche until Rinpoche passed away. Lama Jampa touches by his kind and loving attitude, which is deeply rooted in the Dharma. Everybody who saw him during the filling process of the Stupa for Shamar Rinpoche, was deeply moved.
Begin: Thursday evening at 20.00h (!) with instructions, until either Saturday morning (for 1st Nyungne) or until Tuesday morning for both.
Friday: Start with the practice, which includes recitation, prostrations and meditation. This day there will be breakfast and lunch. No dinner this day, just beverages.
Saturday: Fasting, which means the whole day is dedicated to the practice. No food, no drinks, no talking. (This day is carried by the practice and is not comparable to ‘normal’ fasting days).
from Sonday morning 5am drinks are allowed again and with the following practice session the 1st Nyungne-cycle is concluded.
Directly afterwards the 2nd one will start, so: breakfast and lunch, no dinner but beverages.
Monday: Fasting day, like Saturday, see above
Tuesday morning: end of the 2nd Nyungne-cycle. Afterwards at 10am Lama Jampa will give an empowerment to the 1000-armed Chenrezi! This is open to all, also to those who didn’t participate in the course.
For this course it is also possible to just join for some hours. According to Lama Jampa every participation is beneficial, even if you don’t join the course at all but help preparing the meals, thus supporting the practitioners, it is very meritorious!
You can register for whatever time you are able to join by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, please.
– for the entire course without empowerment: € 140 / red. € 110 (valid for supporting members, students, unemployed, pensioners)
– for just the first Nyungne, Friday evening – Monday morning: € 75 / red. € 60, or
– for just the second Nyungne: Monday morning – Wednesday morning: € 75 / red. € 60
– for the empowerment: € 20 / red. € 15
Language: English with German translation