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Nyungne 2020

Online: July 3 to July 5
Please do not come to the center
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This year we are excited to announce that our Nyungne retreat will be held *online* and will be webcast from the Palyul Retreat Center. We will be lead in practice by Khen Rinpoche Tenzin Norgay and joined by our Palyul Retreat Center monks.



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Attention International Students: We are working out a schedule for you all to follow for the retreat.

How to Participate
Registering: The class is given by donation. In order to maintain the right environment, you must be able to attend all sessions. Attendance will be taken and a password for the next session will be distributed at the conclusion of each session.

You will need to plan your home environment in order to take this retreat. What you'll need:

- A shrine—which can be simple. We will provide a link to a printable version of 1000-arm Avalokitesvara which you can print out, if you wish. Or you can feel free to arrange an inspiring vase of flowers, or to offer a single flower, candle, bowl of water (no meat or alchohol)
- Enough space to do prostrations. You might want a yoga mat for this purpose. If you can, clear enough space in your room to conduct full-length prostrations. If you've not done prostrations before, let us know and one of the monks will show you on camera.
- Drinks and food. You should prepare your soup for breaking your fast in advance of taking the retreat and refrigerate it. See our recipe for rice soup here. Also purchase healthy milk and juice for the first day liquid fast before we enter the full fast. Consider enlisting someone to bring you your rice soup during the last session on Sunday.
- Inform your family and friends. Let your friends and family know that you are entering a short retreat and will not be checking devices during that time period. Best is if you can keep those devices closed except during class time.
- What to do if there's an emergency and you have to speak or eat. Return your vows by either visualizing Avalokitesvara or gazing at your picture and say aloud "I apologize but due to this emergency, I must return my vows."
- The vows you will have to follow are here.

If possible, you should strive to maintain silence for the duration of this retreat starting at midnight on Day 1.

About Nyungne

Nyungne is the most effective course of practices to purify both environmental pollution and our own faults. The practice was revealed by Bhikshuni Phalmo, a practitioner who suffered from leprosy. She performed this practice for 12 years in conjunction with Chenresig (Avalokitesvara) practice and become a great siddhi, attaining the Celestial Body. The retreat course involves powerful practices of purification such as periods of fasting, prostrations, and silence. Practitioners will also recite the six syllable Mani Mantra (Om Mani Peme Hung). This mantra purifies the six seeds of the six realms within oneself and, furthermore, has the effect of pacifying the suffering of all beings. In this way, the practice brings peace to the entire world and can be a cause for World Peace, very appropriate to these degenerate times. The purification practices increase positive energies and so in and of themselves are causes for happiness and harmony.

The traditional Nyungne purification retreat consists of maintaining eight vows and repeating practices of purification for a set number of days. The retreat is generally scheduled around the July 4th weekend schedule according to days off for the holiday.

Vows
The vows to be kept for the practice include:

l. No killing
2. No stealing
3. No sex
4. No telling lies
5. No drinking alcohol
6. No idle chatter, singing or dancing, makeup or ornaments
7. No evening meals
8. No sitting in high seats

The morning session will include a teaching and the remaining day will consist of intensive practice. 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 retreatants from previous retreats have found the fasting and prostrations easiest to maintain. Many have observed that silence is the most difficult of all the vows!



Daily Schedule:

The morning session will include a teaching and the remainder of the day will consist of intensive practice. If you have any doubts about your health or your ability to physically handle this retreat, please consult your physician.



Day 1 - Friday, July 3
7:00 - 8:30 AM Vows and Teaching
8:30 - 9:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 - 11:00 AM Session One
11:00 AM - 12 PM Have Lunch, finish by noon. Liquids in which we can see our faces is okay (nothing thick, milky drinks okay)
2:00 - 4:00 PM Session Two
6:00 - 8:00 PM Dharma Protector
6:00 - Begin clear liquids only
Midnight: Begin Silence, begin full fast

Day 2 - Saturday, July 4
Full Day Fast
7:00 - 8:30 AM Vows and Teaching
8:30 - 9:30 AM Break
9:30 - 11:00 AM Session One
11:00 AM - 2 PM Break
2:00 - 4:00 PM Session Two
6:00 - 8:00 PM Dharma Protector

Day 3 - Sunday, July 5
5:00 - 6:00 AM Concluding Nyungne Practice
6:00 AM Soup for breaking fast
6:30 AM Tsog (short)
After tsok: Breakfast
10:00 AM (ish) Dzamling Chi Sang