Drepung Loseling Institute - Spiritual Development Program

Drepung Loseling Institute, an affiliate of Emory University, presents

its annual purification intensive



Nyung Ne
to commemorate Saka Dawa,
the month of Buddha's Enlightenment
June 9- 12, 2006

Taught by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Ph.D.

Nyung Ne is a powerful practice for purification and the accumulation of positive energy, based on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Geshe Lobsang Tenzin will lead Drepung Loseling Institute’s fifth Nyung Ne retreat, open to those who have received the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment or any Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment.

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 ordinary accomplishments, such as curing leprosy, and the extraordinary 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.
Friday, June 9: Registration and introductory teachings at 7:00 pm.
  Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11: The Mahayana Precepts, taken before sunrise, will begin the practices at 4:00 am. The first session will conclude at 7:00 am. The second and third sessions are scheduled for 9:00 am - 12 noon and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
  Monday, June 12: Practice begins again at 4:00 am and the retreat will conclude by serving a traditional soup to break the fast at 7:00 am.
Space is very limited. Please pre-register by June 4, 2006.


To pre-register for this event please call the institute at:
770-938-9709 or e-mail us at: institute@drepung.org


Drepung Loseling Institute
2531 Briarcliff Road, Suite 101
Atlanta, Georgia 30329