DLM - Spiritual Development Program
Drepung Loseling Monastery, an affiliate of Emory University, presents

Its annual purification intensive


  Nyung Ne
to commemorate Saka Dawa,
the month of Buddha's Enlightenment
June 5- 8, 2009
  with Geshe Ngawang Phende

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’s Seventh Nyung Ne retreat. This retreat is open to those who have received the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment or any Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment. 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 spiritual 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 5: Registration and introductory teachings at 7:00 pm.
  Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7: 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 8: Practice begins at 4:00 am and the retreat will conclude by serving a traditional soup to break the fast at 7:00 am.
Space for this retreat will be limited. To ensure a place, please register as soon as possible. Registration will close when the space is filled or by June 2.

To pre-register for this event please call the center at:
404-982-0051 or e-mail us at: center@drepung.org

Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
1781 Dresden Drive • Atlanta, Georgia 30319