Drepung Loseling Monastery - Spiritual Development Program
Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
presents its
Annual Purification Intensive
Nyung Ne
To Commemorate Saka Dawa,
the Month of Buddha's Enlightenment
May 17-20, 2024  *In-Person only
Nyung Ne is a powerful practice for purification and the accumulation of positive energy, based on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Geshe Ngawang Phende will lead Drepung Loseling Monastery’s annual Nyung Ne retreat.
This retreat is open to those who have received the 1,000 Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment or any Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment such as Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja or Yamantaka. The retreat also auspiciously coincides with Saka Dawa, the month commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment.
This intensive practice involves maintaining the eight Mahayana precepts, as well as additional vows on the second full day to abstain from eating, drinking or talking for 24 hours. The meditation sessions include chants, prostrations and mantra recitation.
The tenth-century Indian Buddhist nun, Bhikshuni Lakshmi, received this practice directly from Avalokiteshvara. Through practicing it, she achieved extraordinary accomplishments, such as curing leprosy, and the attainment of full enlightenment. The practice was then popularized by the Seventh Dalai Lama, whereupon it spread throughout Tibet, Nepal, India and Bhutan. It has become one of the most popular practices in Tibetan lay communities, and is considered one of the most effective practices for communal and environmental healing, including overcoming epidemics and other large-scale natural disasters.
Mahayana Precepts - Thursday May 23, 2024  *In-Person only
Following the Nyung Ne retreat, Geshe Ngawang Phende will give one-day Mahayana precepts that entails maintaining eight vows beginning from 5:00 am until sun-rise the next morning. If you have taken refuge and would like to take the one day Mahayana Precepts, click here.
The retreat is being offered free of cost.
A voluntary offering for monastery & teacher are recommended.
You will need to bring your copy of the Nyung Ne retreat booklet with you to the sessions. If you need to purchase a booklet, they are available by request for $20.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, May 17
  Introductory teachings at 7:00 pm.
Saturday, May 18
& Sunday, May 19

Practice will begin at 4:30 am.
The first session will conclude at 7:00 am.
The second & third sessions are scheduled for 9:00 am – 12 noon
and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Monday, May 20
  Practice begins again at 4:30 am and the retreat will conclude by serving a traditional soup to break the fast at 7:30 am.

  Space for this retreat will be very limited. To ensure a place, please register as soon as possible. Registration will close when the space is filled or by Tuesday May 14.
  Drepung Loseling Monastery
1781 Dresden Dr. NE, Atlanta GA 30319