2nd – 9th May 2020 

With Di Carroll

Details

Land of Joy is delighted to offer three Nyung Nays.

The Nyung Nay retreat is a two day intensive practice of Chenresig, the Buddha of Compassion, involving meditating on bodhicitta, visualizing Chenresig, reciting prayers, chanting compassion mantras, and performing prostrations. We start early in the morning taking the 24-hour Mahayana Precepts with the addition of complete fasting (no food or drink) and silence on the second day. Doing even one Nyung Nay for just two days is said to be as effective as three months of other purification practices and is extremely powerful for purifying negative karma and opening the heart to compassion.

2nd – 9th May: All three Nyung Nays (arrive afternoon of 2nd May, finish morning of 9th May)

Or join for one or two Nyung Nays.

If you haven’t completed a Nyung Nay before, please attend at least the first one as a brief introduction will be given the evening before we start. 

2nd – 5th  May: Nyung Nay 1 (arrive afternoon of 2nd, finish morning of 5th)

4th – 7th May: Nyung Nay 2 (arrive afternoon of 4th, finish morning of 7th)

6th – 9th May: Nyung Nay 3 (arrive afternoon of 6th, finish morning of 9th)

This retreat is open to those who have a sense of refuge in the Buddha, Dharma (the teachings) and Sangha (spiritual friends and community) in their hearts.

About the Retreat

What is the purpose of this practice?

Lama Yeshe says, “It is nothing other than developing and expanding the dedicated heart of bodhicitta…take the practice of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara…the whole reason for having your consciousness manifest as a divine light-being with one thousand arms is so that you can lend a hand to one thousand suffering beings.” 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “While doing a Nyung Nay, we may experience hunger, thirst, tiredness, pain and other difficulties. The more difficulties…the greater the purification…and we experience the hardships not only for ourselves but for the sake of the happiness of all sentient beings…Since it’s an intense practice, it’s very helpful for realizations…With Nyung Nay practice, you also receive the blessings of Guru Chenrezig in your heart, which makes your mind softer… When you meditate on renunciation, impermanence and death, compassion or bodhicitta, you will feel it strongly. You recite the words and then you feel them in your heart. Otherwise, you recite the words but your heart is like stone; there’s no connection between your heart and the words.”

Suggested things to bring (not essential): mala, vajra and bell, mandala set, flowers or food or drinks to offer.

About the Facilitator

Di met her main teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1995, and has been attempting to practice the dharma teachings and Rinpoche’s advice ever since. She has lead Lam Rim, Vajrasattva, and nyung nay retreats, spent four years as a Buddhist nun, and has offered service in dharma centres in India, Nepal, the Netherlands and the UK. Alongside this she trained in and practiced Core Process Psychotherapy, a therapy integrating Buddhist and western understanding and experience.