Preliminary Practice Retreats

The purpose of doing preliminary practices is for you to purify obstacles to achieving realizations of the path to enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings—defilements, negative karmas and downfalls—and collect extensive merit – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Many of us have been advised by our teachers to complete a certain number of preliminary practices or are aiming to complete the traditional 100,000 of each preliminary. This can seem like a very tall order and difficult to complete on our own.

We are therefore aiming to start Preliminary Practice Retreats which people can attend to learn and start (or continue) completing their practices in a supportive environment.

Please keep an eye on this page to see when the retreats will be happening.

With Di Carroll: 2nd May – 9th May – we are not sure at this point in time if the course will go ahead – we will keep you updated

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.

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.