Nyung Nä

Purification Retreat of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion

Thubten Norbu Ling

Buddhist Teaching and Meditation Center

1807 Second Street #35

Santa Fe, NM 87505

October 27 Introduction

(required for those new to Nyung Nä)

Oct 28-30 1st Retreat

Oct 30-Nov 1, 2nd Retreat

Led by Merry Colony

"Doing Nyung Nä is the way to save yourself from being born in the lower realms. It's the quick way to get enlightened for sentient beings and the quick way to free all sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment"   -   Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Nyung Nä (pronounced nyoo-nay) is a practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. It includes taking the Mahayana precepts as well as committing to complete fasting (that is, no eating and no drinking) and silence (except for prayers) on the second day. Applicants should have some familiarity with Chenrezig practice and be in good health, especially being free of hypo- or hyper-glycemic concerns, including diabetes. According to Ven. Thubten Chodron, "the fast we are to abide in is to abstain from physical, verbal, and mental destructive actions and to abstain from ignorant, angry, and clinging attitudes".

To help in the process, the eight Mahayana precepts are taken for two days.


  1. Killing

  2. Stealing

  3. Sexual Activity

  4. Lying

  5. Intoxicants

  6. Sitting on high or expensive beds or seats

  7. Singing, dancing, playing music, wearing perfumes, ornaments or cosmetics.

  8. Eating at improper times.

The first day we take one vegetarian meal before noon (no meat, onions, garlic, radishes, or eggs).  Light beverages can be taken throughout the day. No juice with pulp is allowed. A little milk may be added to tea or coffee, but a glass of milk may not be taken. The second day we do not eat, drink, or speak (this means no water, medicine, etc.) The fast is broken the morning of the third day. 

Three meditation sessions are done on the first two days, and one shorter session on the morning of the third day. A tsog offering ceremony is done at the conclusion of the retreat in thanksgiving. There is also a discussion group on the first day and a taped talk on the second.

This is a tantric practice, which generally requires the Chenrezig empowerment. However, in the Tibetan community, many people without the empowerment happily participate in the retreat.

Each meditation session involves visualization, recitation of verses, prayers and mantra. There are two periods of prostrations to Chenrezig, the Buddhas, and bodhisattvas.

Merry Colony served as Director of Education at FPMT's International Office for nearly 12 years. Over the course of the last 30 years, Merry has completed 100 Nyung Nä, all nine of the Gelug preliminary practices - two of them twice, many approximation retreats and four FPMT directorships.

Retreat Registration

Please provide your registration information below which will assist us in planning the event. The detailed schedule and additional information will be distributed two weeks prior to the event. If you have any questions please send us an at info@tnlsf.org or call us at (505) 660-7056.


First Retreat Only

Second Retreat Only

Both Retreats

Suggested Donation is $54 for each retreat or $108 for both

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Thubten Norbu Ling

1807 Second St #35

Santa Fe , NM 87505

Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center
1807 Second Street, #35
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 660-7056 info@tnlsf.org
Thubten Norbu Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center is an affiliate of the
Foundation for the Preservation
of the Mahayana Tradition.

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