Date:  1 – 6 June 

Retreat Leader: Francesca Sanchez

Requirements: having faith in Buddhist teachings

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no set amount).

Format: on site

Start and Finish times:  a detailed schedule will be published closer to the time

Accommodation: Most of our accommodation is in shared rooms. Single rooms are limited at Land of Joy and are allocated according to individual or logistical needs.

Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. 

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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 you need for the retreat: Preferably a mala, vajra & bell and offerings for the altar

1st  – 6th June: All two Nyung Nays

It may be possible to come for one Nyung Nay, depending on numbers.

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.

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