The Nyungne retreat is a Tibetan Buddhist practice designed to purify negative karma and accumulate merit and wisdom. It involves two and a half days of practice with the strict keeping of vows (a day and a half of complete fasting from food and drink), the generation of the Bodhisattva attitude, and the recitation of the sadhana of the 1000-arm form of Chenrezik, Bodhisattva of compassion.
Lama Dudjom Dorjee has led the Dallas Sangha in an average of four Nyungnes a year since his first Dallas Nyungne in May 1999 – our group goal is to do 108 Nyungnes in our lifetime.
The Nyungne also includes strict silence and abstinence from intimate contact. The retreat is comprehensive in that it combines practice methods from all three of the Yanas, or Vehicles, of Buddhism. The vows reflect the rigorous discipline of the Hinayana, the generation of the enlightened attitude reflects the Mahayana, and the actual practice reflects the vehicle of secret mantra, Vajrayana.
The Nyungne retreat is said to be a powerful means of purifying the negative karma that causes rebirth in the lower realms of existence. It is said that to successfully complete even one Nyungne retreat (That is, keeping all the vows and participating in all the meditations) closes the gates to one’s rebirth in the lower realms.
This practice is quite challenging.
It should only be undertaken by those who have made a firm commitment to themselves to see it through. Anyone needing to be excused from a particular vow needs to get approval from Lama Dudjom Dorjee.
Driving during the retreat is not recommended.
Showers are available on premises.
Anyone who has taken refuge may participate in the practice.
Everyone must attend the Friday introductory talk by Lama Dudjom Dorjee. This is when musical instruments and other duties are assigned. See below for sample schedule.
Suggested donation: $75 for members current on dues; $90 everyone else.