Saka Dawa Mani Retreat

May 25-29, Friday evening to Tuesday noon

Join us in the practice of the Buddha of Compassion and recitation of the mani mantra – om mani padme hum – during Saka Dawathe month commemorating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana.


  • Chenrezig Nyung-nay sadhana for morning session
  • Simplified Chenrezig sadhana for later sessions throughout the day, focusing on reciting the mani mantra

Nyung nay retreats, Chenrezig practice and recitation of om mani padme hum are commonly done during Saka Dawa, as it is the month Bhikshuni Lhakshmi (Gelongma Palmo) achieved the state of  the Buddha of Compassion.

We are pleased to offer this incredible opportunity to accumulate 100,000 mani mantras over the Memorial weekend.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche said:

The benefits of reciting the Mantra of the Buddha of Compassion are countless, as the sky has no limits. Even just one recitation of OM MANI PADME HUM purifies completely every breaking of the four-root vows of individual liberation and every other negative karma.

Note: This can count as the retreat requirement for DB13.


Friday night

7pm: Open session – required for retreat participants; open to people who want to learn about the practice

Sat, Sun, Mon

6am to bfst: Extensive sadhana of Chenrezig from the Nyung-nay*

9am to lunch: Two sessions

2pm to dinner: Two sessions

7pm to 9pm: Last session of the day – open to part-time participants who attend Friday evening introduction.


6am to bfst: Extensive sadhana of Chenrezig from the Nyung-nay*

9am to lunch: Two sessions; end of retreat; dedications

*We are not actually doing a nyung-nay; just using that sadhana for the first session of the day.

Date(s): May 25-29, Friday evening to Tuesday noon
Times: 7:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Steve Carlier
Type of event: Discovering Buddhism
Number of sessions: 5 days
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Participation: Participants must have faith and respect to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and in the Buddhist tantra.
Location: Main Gompa
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