A challenging yet rewarding retreat on Chenrezig the compassion buddha. This purification method involves keeping physical discipline, meditation and prostrations, and silence and fasting on alternate days. It is especially useful for people whose schedules cannot accommodate long-term retreat.
The meditation centers on the recitations, mantras, and guided visualisations of 1,000-arm Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the buddhas’ loving-kindness and compassion. Doing even one Nyung-Ne or “abiding in retreat” for just two days is said to be as effective as three months of other purification practices and is extremely powerful for healing illness, purifying negative karma, and opening the heart to compassion.
This is a residential retreat, so bookings are essential!
Cost for the retreat is $180. This covers five days of offerings, facilities, copious pots of chai, two large lunches and the final breakfast. Any funds left over are used for special offerings sponsored by the retreat, such as thangkas, new gompa tables, or delux blow-up beds.
If you are a member of LTC you can apply for sponsorship or part-sponsorship for the retreat. If you can’t attend, we invite you to sponsor a fellow LTC member in your place! The merit is the same as if one does it oneself! The group will read out your dedications together each evening. See below to donate securely online.
This introduction evening is essential for everyone doing the Nyung-Ne’s. We set up the altar, sort out sleeping arrangements, review the practice, and answer any dietary questions. BYO dinner goodies – Eddie will also cook Geshe soup for us all.
We end on the fifth morning with a final session, and copious amounts of chai tea and dedications. We then have a group photo, pack up the gompa, and celebrate with a delicious, big breakfast together! You will be ready to go home by 10 am.
The retreat schedule over the four days starts at 5 am and end at 9 pm, with four sessions each day. Each session includes guided meditation, reciting mantras, prostrations, and mandala offerings. The retreat is residential, and people are encouraged to stay on centre grounds during the entirety of the retreat.
On the speaking days there is a tutorial in the afternoon that serves as the third session. On the fasting days we paint tsa-tsas during the breaks, as a way to keep alert but relaxed, and to enhance our concentration.