1000-arm Chenrezik Fasting Practice
With Lama Tsultrim Yeshe At the Gainesville Retreat Center
Definition of Nyungne Practice by Wangchen Rinpoche
“The fasting practice of Nyungne is a well known very popular and profound purification practice that is widely performed in Tibet. One set of Nyungne consists of two days of practice. The first day is a preliminary day, and the second day is the acual fasting day. One takes what is called the Tekchen Sojong Vow, the Mahayana vow of restoring and purifying ordination, with a total of 8 precepts, and on the preliminary day, one eats only one meal, with drinks for the entire day. The meal is completely and purly vegetarian, which means that it is free from any meat substance as well as onions, garlic, eggs, etc. The next day is a complete fast with no meals or drinks, and one must also be silent. “
The vows are:
The first vow is against killing.
The second vow is not to steal or not to take that which is not given.
The third vow is not to engage in sexual activity
The fourth vow is not to lie.
The fifth vow is to obstain from intoxicants
The sixth vow is to maintain fasting during specified times.
The seventh vow is to obstain from frivolous behaviour or behaviour which brings attention to yourself. This includes the wearing of jewelry, makeup or perfume
The eighth vow is to avoid high fine seats or beds.
To those who wish to attend:
We ask that you reserve your spot with a $50 deposit which is applied to the total cost.
It would be best to make this payment at the GKTC, but if you are out of town, please contact us for arrangements.
We will be scheduling a time to meet and read Buddhist Fasting Practice, The Nyungne Method of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig by Wangchen Rinpoche. Please let us know if you plan to attend ASAP, so that we can make fabulous arrangements!
Friday: Orientation and Brief Nyungne Teaching
(Those curious about the practice, but not yet ready to do it, are encouraged to attend Friday)
Saturday: Practice begins at 5am, ends around 5:30pm. Fast begins after Noon meal. Clear liquids allowed until sleep time.
Sunday: Practice begins at 5am, ends around 5:30pm. No food, no liquids. Complete silence except for practice. Functional written communication only.
Monday: Practice begins at 5am. Fast broken in shrine room around 6:50am. Big breakfast after retreat ends around 8:00 am
Cost: $185 Deposit: $50 (included in total)
Location: Gainesville Retreat Center 1551 SE 51st Street G’ville, FL 32641