The Nyung Nay retreat is a Vajrayana practice from the Kriya (Action) class of tantra. It is a powerful, quick and effective method to purify a lot of negativities and at the same time collect a vast amount of merit.

Special Time for Practice

The month of Saka Dawa May 26 – Jun 26; (Tib 4th month, 1-30) is a merit-multiplying month. According to Choden Rinpoche, during this whole month, merits multiply by 100,000 times. The Tib 15th commemorates Lord Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment. On that day, merit multiplies 100 million times.

Structure of the Retreat

A complete Nyung Nay retreat consist of 7 sessions spread over 3 days. The Eight Mahayana precepts will be taken on the first two days. On the second day, additional precepts of completely abstaining from eating, drinking and talking. The last session on Sunday, June 11, end before breakfast.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche Explains the Benefits of Nyung Nay Practice

Nyung-Ne-Merit-Field-Iseli wsNyung Nays are a most powerful, most beneficial and quickest way for you to develop bodhichitta, to collect extensive merit to quickly achieve enlightenment, to become Chenrezig, to liberate sentient beings from the oceans of samsara suffering and bring them to enlightenment. This practice is a trillion, billion times greater than becoming an Olympic champion. Doing so many Nyung Nays you become an unbelievable champion. This is what makes numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas most happy and brings sentient beings to enlightenment as quickly as possible. This is an extremely powerful practice, it is an incredible way to develop bodhichitta.

To the questions you usually hear and think of, such as, “What practice can be done while living a family life, while living in the city, when one is so busy with no time to do extensive study or retreat or even daily meditation? In my experience, the Nyung Nay practice, the Avalokiteshvara retreat abiding in fasting, is one practical answer. Why?  Because it is only two days. This combines various skillful means of quickly finishing the work of accumulating merit and puriyfing obscurations. – Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche said in Australia, September 2014, that if you feel like you have created a lot of negative karma, the best way to purify is to do a Nyung Nay retreat.

More comments and teachings by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche on the Nyung Nay practice.


Preferably, one should have received a Great Chenresig initiation in order to do this retreat. If not, one should have received a great initiation from one of the three higher classes of tantra, or an initiation from Tathagata  or lotus family of Kriya Tantra. For example, the Great Medicine Buddha Empowerment, the Great Mitrugpa empowerment or the Great Namgyalma initiation. As an absolute minimum, one should have taken refuge and have interest and faith in Chenresig with an aspiration to develop compassion and bodhicitta.


Advanced registration is required.

A female shared room is available.  Only Yurt lodging in the Yurt Village is available for double and single accommodation. Limited spaces.

What to bring for the retreat

  • Mala (rosary) to be used for reciting the Chenrezig mantra, preferably in a small bag. (Crystal mala – if you have)
  • Vajra and Bell (only for those who have received initiation)
  • A small cloth to place beneath the vajra and bell. A small bag or a cloth/ katag to cover the vajra and bell in-between sessions.
  • Mandala set (optional)
  • Nyung nay sadhana (if you have your own copy)
  • Dharma book to read during break times

What to pack

  • Multiple layers of clothes for warm days and the cold mornings and evenings
  • Many clean clothes, as Kriya Tantra emphasizes cleanliness. Clothing should be comfortable and loose-fitting, and appropriate for a semi-monastic environment (no shorts or sleeveless shirts).
  • Raincoat and/or umbrella.
  • Shawl, socks or indoor slippers to wear in the gompa
  • Flashlight
  • Walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pen if you wish to take notes
  • Camera – you are welcome to take photos but if you plan to publish them anywhere, please acknowledge “taken at Land of Medicine Buddha”
  • Pain relievers might be helpful in case of developing sore muscles from prostrating.
  • If desired, additional nutritious food (such as nuts, dried fruit, energy bars) to supplement the one meal on the first day of the Nyung Nay. And any special drinks such as dehydration salts.

Gift of the Dharma – Sponsor the retreat!

This is a rare opportunity.  We invite you to participate by making a sponsorship towards the retreat. In this way, you will be benefited by the merit of making auspicious offering and have prayers dedicated for you and your loved ones; and we’ll receive support to the flourishing of our Dharma program.

Sponsor one Sangha or lay participant.
Make your sponsorship here

Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 am
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Steve Carlier
Type of event: retreat
Number of sessions: 1 set of Nyung Nay
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Location: Main Gompa
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Registration and Donations for Saka Dawa Nyung Nay

Ticket Type Price Spaces
1a. Female Shared room
Registration fee $100. Balance payable on June 8. Members $50
1b. Double Yurt
Registration fee $100. Balance payable on June 8. Members $50
1c. Single Yurt
Registration fee $100. Balance payable on June 8. Members $50
3. Sangha $0.00
4a. Sponsoring one person for Nyung Nay $108.00
4b. Basic sponsorship
Please select more spaces to offer a greater amount.
4c. Generous sponsorship $108.00