Details:

Date: 13th – 16th March 2020

Retreat Leader: Martin Kerrigan

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (no suggested amount). 

Start and Finish times: The workshop will begin at 7pm on the 13th and finish at 2pm on the 16th. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after.

Accommodation: Dormitory beds, twin and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

Details:

Date: 19th-26th May

Retreat Leader: Francesca Sanchez

Requirements: To have ideally taken Buddhist refuge and follow the Buddhist path or to have some knowledge of Buddhism and its practices.

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we can currently only offer our group retreats via Zoom. This will continue until we are able to host them onsite once again. When this happens we hope to live stream the onsite retreats online so those who can’t make it to the centre can still join the retreat via Zoom. Therefore, please share how you would prefer to attend the retreat when you complete your booking form so we know how many people to expect on onsite if this becomes possible.

Start and Finish times: 19th-26th May for all three Nyung Nays. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after if staying onsite.

Accommodation: Shared and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

About the Retreat

Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it. Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it. Develop the determination to be free from suffering and empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever.

According to Buddhism, the best way to deal with difficult emotions is to acknowledge when they arise in our minds then work on transforming the state of mind they create into something positive. We can then avoid harming others and ourselves.

This retreat will include an explanation of the mind and emotions as well as introducing meditations for working on individual emotions in order to transform the mind to work towards achieving genuine peace and happiness.

Topics Covered:

  • Explanations of the mind and emotions
  • General methods for dealing with difficult emotions

  • How to work with specific emotions

  • What contributes to the development of disturbing emotions

About the Retreat

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.

What to bring: Preferably a mala, vajra & bell and offerings for the altar

19th – 26th May: All three Nyung Nays (arrive afternoon of 16th May, finish morning of 29th 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.

19th – 22nd May: Nyung Nay 1 (arrive afternoon of 19th, finish morning of 22nd)

21st – 24th May: Nyung Nay 2 (arrive afternoon of 21st, finish morning of 24th)

23rd – 26th May: Nyung Nay 3 (arrive afternoon of 23rd, finish morning of 26th)

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.”

About the Teacher

Francesca has been a regular at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London for over 10 years, having been a student of Geshe Tashi and now Geshe Namdak. She is a registered FPMT Teacher and has graduated from the 5 year FPMT Basic Programme following on from in-depth study, exams and Lam Rim Retreats. Francesca has been practising Nyungs Nays for nearly 10 years now, and is keen to ensure that this powerful heart-opening practice continues to be offered in the UK.

A Way to Say Thank You

As we don’t receive any subsidies from other organisations we rely solely on the kind generosity of others. If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our considerable monthly costs (including via an online bank transfer or postal cheque), please choose the amount you would like to offer using the form below (or enter a custom amount), click ‘Donate’, then choose a payment method and provide all the details we require to process your donation. Your generosity will help us continue to offer beneficial services to yourself and others.

You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.

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A Discovering Buddhism Module

These teachings will follow the structure and content of the FPMT education program ‘Discovering Buddhism’. You are most welcome to attend these teachings whether you plan to follow the full course or not. If you are studying the course there will be the chance to complete the exam for this module.

This is a really wonderful course which provides accessible, rich explanations of the topics it covers, as well as helping people apply those explanations to their lives. Land of Joy will be very happy to support you with your study in any way we can.

A Discovering Buddhism Module

These teachings will follow the structure and content of the FPMT education program ‘Discovering Buddhism’. You are most welcome to attend these teachings whether you plan to follow the full course or not. If you are studying the course there will be the chance to complete the exam for this module.

This is a really wonderful course which provides accessible, rich explanations of the topics it covers, as well as helping people apply those explanations to their lives. Land of Joy will be very happy to support you with your study in any way we can.

About the Teacher

Martin has been meditating, studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 25 years, mainly under the guidance of Geshe Tashi Tsering at Jamyang London. 

He is an FPMT registered teacher and has taught for some years both Discovering Buddhism and Foundation of Buddhist Thought as well as a variety of other retreats and courses. 

He also tutored the Foundation of Buddhist Thought Correspondence Course for Jamyang London for 10 years and is currently studying the Basic Programme.

He is now living in South Wales where he and his wife Sara manage a National Trust property.