Program Name Program Details Led By Date
9 days Purification Retreat
Nyungne Fasting Retreat
Merit Multiplying Date (Lhabab Duchen) 19 Nov 2019
Ven. Tseyang Rinpoche and Sangha 11 - 20 Nov 2019
6 days Teaching & Meditation Retreat
White Tara and Seven Points Mind Training
Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 25 - 30 Nov 2019
7 days Teaching & Personal Retreat
3 Years and 3 Months Kagyud Yogi Academy Course Ven. Dupseng Rinpoche 4 - 10 Dec 2019

Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat
Led by Venerable Tseyang Rinpoche

4 Consecutive 2-Days Sessions

Date: 11 - 29 Nov 2019

* Retreatants are requested to check in at 1 pm on 11 November 2019. Retreat will end in the morning after breakfast on 20 November 2019.

19 November 2019 is Lha Bab Duchen - Merit Multiplying Date (Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from Tushita Heaven)

1000 Armed Chenrezig


A Nyungne Retreat is a special two-day meditation, fasting and purification retreat based on the practice of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig and is known for its power in the purification of negative karma and the accomplishment of enlightened qualities.

History of the Practice

This practice was originated by Gelongma Palmo, (Bhikkuni Lakshmi), who was one of the greatest masters of the 1,000-armed Chenrezig.

She was born into an Indian royal family but chose Buddhist ordination in her youth. She studied with many of the masters of her time and practiced diligently. Sadly however, due to the ripening of karma, she contracted leprosy and was subsequently abandoned in the forest. She had a vision of King Indrabodhi who advised her to do Avalokiteshvara practices.

Gelongma Palmo recited the mantras of Avalokiteshvara and devised and practiced the purification ritual or Nyungne retreat continuously before a mysterious image of 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara that appeared to her in a forest clearing.

It is said that she recovered from leprosy and having developed great dedication and compassion for all beings, she became an enlightened guide to many disciples to whom she passed down the practice of Nyungne.

The Retreat

The Nyungne is a retreat of body, speech and mind from non-virtuous actions, focusing on keeping strict vows for a two-day period, generating the Bodhisattva attitude, and reciting the sadhana of the 1000-armed Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of compassion.

The vows to be observed include refraining from:

  • Killing.
  • Stealing.
  • Lying.
  • Sexual activities (celibacy).
  • Drinking alcohol, taking drugs, smoking cigarettes.
  • Using perfumes, wearing make-up or ornaments, singing, playing music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.
  • Eating in inappropriate times.
  • Sitting in high seats.

The Programme

A set of Nyungne consists of 2 days of strict practice. On the first day, participants will take one meal at noon, and fast the rest of the day while engaging in four sessions of practice. Like other Vajrayana sadhanas, the Nyungne sadhana involves visualization of the deity, accompanied by prayers, offerings and prostrations, and extensive recitation of the mantra. The sessions begin early in the morning and conclude in the late afternoon.

On the second day, participants will observe complete fasting from food and water, and will also maintain strict silence, except for the recitation of the Sadhana.

The retreat concludes early in the morning of the third day with a short practice session. The vows, fasting and silence are concluded at the end of this session.

The Nyungne Retreat is comprehensive in that it combines practice methods from all three Yanas, or Vehicles, of Buddhism. The vows reflect the rigorous discipline of the Common Vehicle, the generation of the Enlightened Attitude reflects the Greater Vehicle, and the actual practice of 1000-Armed Chenrezig reflects the Vehicle of Secret Mantra.

Benefits of the Practice

Nyungne is a practice of yidam from Kriya-tantra tradition which not only helps to purify a lot of negative karma in a short time and accumulate merits but also aids in healing illness and opening the heart to compassion. It is said that pure practice on one pair of Nyungne closes the gates of rebirth in lower realms, and the pure completion of eight pairs of Nyungne's leads to rebirth in the Dewachen Pure Land.

In addition, reciting Chenrezig Dharani and six syllable Mani Mantra during the retreat, not only purifies the six seeds of the six realms within oneself, it also pacifies the sufferings of all beings. In this way, the practice brings peace to the entire world and can be a cause for World Peace, very appropriate and timely in these degenerate times.

General Advice for Participants

Residents as well as visitors may join in these retreats, which are generally enjoyed by all (in spite of the difficulties!). Participants can choose to attend all four pairs of Nyungne's, a few or just one set as you wish.

If you have any doubts about your health and your ability to physically handle this retreat, please consult your doctor. The prostrations are strenuous but it is possible to perform them at a slow speed.

The Nyungne starts as early as 4 AM with the taking of the 8 Mahayana Precepts and participants have to arrive the day before.

Explanations and instructions will be given at the beginning of the practice, thus for the people who are practicing it for the first time, it is advisable to attend the 1st pair of Nyungne.

Schedule for Nyungne Purification and Fasting Retreat
Programme Date
Report and check-in 11 Nov 2019 (1 pm)
Oral Transmission and Instructions by Tseyang Rinpoche 11 Nov 2019 (2 pm)
First set of Nyungne 12 - 13 Nov 2019
Second set of Nyungne 14 - 15 Nov 2019
Third set of Nyungne 16 - 17 Nov 2019
Fourth set of Nyungne 18 - 19 Nov 2019
Grand Dedication 20 Nov 2019 (morning)

19 Nov 2019 is Lha Bab Duchen - Merit Multiplying Date (Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from Tushita Heaven).

This is the anniversary of the Buddha's descent from the heavenly realm to earth. Buddha Shakyamuni ascended to The Heaven of Thirty-Three in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in the desire realm and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. This is considered to be one of the great deeds of the Buddha among eight great deeds. On Lha-Bab Duchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times and the practice of virtuous activities and prayer on this day is strongly encouraged.

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6 Days Teaching and Meditation Retreat with Ven Shangpa Rinpoche

White Tara and The Seven Points of Mind Training

25 Nov 2019 to 30 Nov 2019

White Tara Practice - enhance life force, develop supreme wisdom

As the great Indian master Vagindra Kirti said, "In samsara, there is nothing dearer than life. Therefore, strengthen one's life force with various methods and means."

Amongst the various methods to sustain life force, the practice of the noble White Tara is supreme. According to the Tantra of Tara, whomever properly practices White Tara will be relieved of the suffering of sickness, freed from untimely death, and enjoy an extended life force. This practice can also sharpen one's mind and enable the practitioner to gain worldly wisdom and beyond.

In this retreat, Rinpoche will bestow empowerment, give oral transmission and instructions on White Tara practice according the Sadhana "Wish-fulfilling Yidshin Khorlo called The Attainment of Immortality". Detailed explanations on the stages of creation and completion (Kyerim and Dzogrim) meditation will be given in the context of the White Tara practice.

The Seven Points of Mind Training - cultivate bodhicitta, transform ego

In the absence of bodhicitta, Enlightenment cannot be attained. Thus, developing bodhicitta is indispensable in any practice. Rinpoche will expound "The Seven Points of Mind Training" where participants will learn tonglen meditation and skilful methods on how to use every situation encountered in daily life as an opportunity for mind training. Through this, we deepen our compassion and wisdom and cultivate the precious bodhicitta. If practised well, it will undoubtedly bring our spiritual practice to a new depth, no matter which level of practice we are at.

Join us in this group retreat to equip yourself with longevity, wisdom and the precious bodhicitta for the benefit of all.

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7 Days Teaching and Meditation Retreat with Ven Dupseng Rinpoche


3-year 3-month Kagyud Yogi Academy Course

Date: 4 to 10 December 2019

Kagyud Yogi Academy course is a 3-year 3-month retreat programme specially designed for lay practitioners. Its curriculum encompasses the preliminary practices (Ngondro), mind training, shamatha and vipassana meditation, generation and completion stage practices, right up to practices of the accomplishment stage such as Mahamudra meditation.

During this retreat, you will take one of the following modules:

  • Module 1: for participants who will begin/continue with preliminary practices;
  • Module 2: for participants who have attended module 1/completed the preliminary practices and are ready to receive the next level of teachings and practices;
  • Module 3: for participants who have completed modules 1 and 2.

Typically you will attend one teaching session and one Q&A session everyday according to the module that you take, and devote other parts of the day to your personal practice.

Enrol in this programme and be closely guided by Rinpoche on your spiritual journey.

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