Nyungne Retreat with Dupseng Rinpoche, Melbourne (AU) Sep 30 – Oct 5, 2018

Nyungne Retreat is a special two-day meditation, fasting and purification practice based on the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig and is known for its power in the purification of negative karma and the accomplishment of enlightened qualities.

History of the Practice

This practice originated with Gelongma Palmo, (Bhikkuni Lakshmi), who was one of the greatest masters of the 1,000-armed Chenrezig.

She was born into an Indian royal family but chose Buddhist ordination in her youth. She studied with many of the masters of her time and practiced diligently. Sadly however, due to the ripening of karma, she contracted leprosy and was subsequently abandoned in the forest. She had a vision of King Indrabodhi who advised her to do Avalokiteshvara practices.

Gelongma Palmo recited the mantras of Avalokiteshvara and devised and practiced the purification ritual or Nyungne retreat continuously before a mysterious image of 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara that appeared to her in a forest clearing.

It is said that she recovered from leprosy and having developed great dedication and compassion for all beings, she became an enlightened guide to many disciples to whom she passed down the practice of Nyungne.

The Retreat

The Nyungne is a retreat of body, speech and mind from non-virtuous actions, focusing on keeping strict vows for a two-day period, generating the Bodhisattva attitude, and reciting the sadhana of the 1000-armed Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of compassion.

The vows to be observed include refraining from:

  • Killing.
  • Stealing.
  • Lying.
  • Sexual activities (chastity).
  • Drinking alcohol, taking drugs, smoking cigarettes.
  • Using perfumes, wearing make-up or ornaments, singing, playing music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.
  • Eating in inappropriate times.
  • Sitting in high seats.

The Programme

A set of Nyungne consists of 2 days of strict practice. On the first day, participants will take one meal at noon, and fast the rest of the day while engaging in four sessions of practice. Like other Vajrayana sadhanas, the Nyungne sadhana involves visualization of the yidam, accompanied by prayers, offerings and prostrations, and extensive recitation of the mantra. The sessions begin early in the morning and conclude in the late afternoon.

On the second day, participants will observe complete fasting from food and water, and will also maintain strict silence, except for the recitation of the Sadhana.

The retreat concludes early in the morning of the third day with a short practice session. The vows, fasting and silence are concluded at the end of this session.

The Nyungne Retreat is comprehensive in that it combines practice methods from all three Yanas, or Vehicles, of Buddhism. The vows reflect the rigorous discipline of the Common Vehicle, the generation of the Enlightened Attitude reflects the Greater Vehicle, and the actual practice of 1000-Armed Chenrezig reflects the Vehicle of Secret Mantra.

Benefits of the Practice

Nyungne is a practice of yidam from Kriya-tantra tradition which not only helps to purify a lot of negative karma in a short time and accumulate merits but also aids in healing illness and opening the heart to compassion. It is said that pure practice on one pair of Nyungne closes the gates of rebirth in lower realms, and the pure completion of eight pairs of Nyungne’s leads to rebirth in the Dewachen Pure Land.

In addition, reciting the six syllable Mani Mantra during the retreat, not only purifies the six seeds of the six realms within oneself, it also pacifies the sufferings of all beings. In this way, the practice brings peace to the entire world and can be a cause for World Peace, very appropriate and timely in these degenerate times.

Advice for Participants

If you have any doubts about your health and your ability to physically handle this retreat, please consult your doctor. The prostrations are strenuous but it is possible to perform them at a slow speed. If you think you will be having difficulties with the physical aspects of it, talk to Rinpoche, there is a certain flexibility to allow as many people as possible to join the practice.

In South-East Australia October is Spring, and it will likely be cold. Please bring warm clothing, there is no aircon in the rooms.

Cost, Registration & Organization

Cost for the full program will be AU$600, for one set of Nyungne AU$300. This does not include Dana for the teacher, please kindly prepare your own Dana.

It is possible to join only one set. If you would like to do that, please inform us when you make your booking or even when you first get in touch with questions, so that we can take care of accommodation logistics accordingly.

More importantly, if you would like to join only one set and/or will miss the opening day, ensure that you have all the proper transmissions and teachings, and ideally prior experience in Nyungne practice.

The latest arrival time on Sept 30th would be 12pm. If for some reason you cannot match that, or would like to join only the second set of Nyungne, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can see whether an exception can be made.

You can ask anything or register using the form below.

If you’d rather use WhatsApp, please Kindly contact Doris at +6591141124.

Planned Program Details

Preparation Day (Sep 30)

14.00 – 16.00

Empowerment and Lung

16.00 – 16.30

Tea Break

16.30 – 18.00


18.00 – 19.00


19.00 – 20.00

Purification Ceremony

Nyungne Sets

Day 1 (Oct 1 & 3) Day 2 (Oct 2 & 4)

6.00 – 8.00

1st session 1st session

8.00 – 9.00


9.00 – 11.00

2nd session 2nd session

11.00 – 12.00


13.00 – 15.00

3rd session 3rd session

15.00 – 15.30

Short Break Short Break

15.30 – 17.30

last session last session


self practice time in own room self practice time in own room

Closing Day (Oct 5)

6.00 – 8.00

Final session

8.00 – 9.00


9.00 – 11.00

Closing, Dedication & Tsok

11.00 – 12.00


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