Friday, January 12 to Monday, January 15
at Menla Mountain Retreat Center
“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.”– Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Join us for a rare and incredibly beneficial practice with Ven. Amy Miller in the beautifully tranquil setting of Menla retreat center! One of the favorite practices of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, our Spiritual Director, Nyung Nä is an intensive two-and-a-half-day purification practice based on Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (the Buddha of Infinite Compassion). It is a fantastic way to purify vast amounts of negative karma in a short time while developing compassion. The practice involves Mahayana precepts, prostrations, prayers, meditation, visualization, mantra recitation, making offerings, and a complete day of fasting and silence.
This practice can be physically and mentally demanding so please see additional information here.
Dates and Times:
Registration is from 3 to 6pm, followed by dinner and an orientation.
Friday, January 12
3:00 – 6:00pm Arrival, check-in, and registration
6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 – 8:30pm Orientation and introduction to Nyung Nä (required if this is your first Nyung Nä)
Saturday, January 13
3:45am Wake up
4:15 – 7:45am Eight Mahayana Precepts and session 1
8:45 – 11:15am Session 2
11:15am – 12:00noon Lunch
3:00 – 6:00pm Session 3
6:30 – 7:30pm Q&A (optional)
Sunday, January 14 (Day of silence and no eating or drinking)
4:30am Wake up
5:00 – 8:30am Eight Mahayana Precepts and session 1
9:30 – 12:00noon Session 2
2:00 – 2:45pm Sutra reading (optional)
3:00 – 6:00pm Session 3
Monday, January 15
4.30am Wake up
5:00 – 8:30am Final session
10:00 – 11:00am Departure
Location and Directions:
375 Pantherkill Road, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Directions are accessible here.
Fees and registration:
$450 for shared accommodation (single rooms are available for $594)
All-inclusive: retreat expenses, the center’s teacher offering, accommodations, meals, tea/coffee, shuttle from the local train station, and use of facilities.
Participation is only possible for a limited number and registration is required. It is suggested to have taken refuge to attend, but others may attend by permission.
If you might be interested in contributing to a scholarship fund or need a scholarship to attend, please contact us.
About the Teacher:
Amy J. Miller (Ven. Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in 1987 at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Since then, she has spent a great deal of time engaged in meditation retreats, study, teaching, and Buddhist center management throughout the world. Prior to encountering Buddhism, Amy was a political fundraiser in Washington, DC and also worked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, California. Amy also trained as an emotional support hospice counselor during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco and offers courses and retreats on death and dying and end-of-life care.
A past director of Vajrapani Institute in California and Milarepa Center in Vermont, Amy was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000. She has been teaching extensively since 1992 and is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on stressful living.
Amy also leads pilgrimages around the world and will be leading a trek to a holy cave and retreat center in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal in October 2018. She is the co-author of Buddhism in a Nutshell and a contributor to online courses for the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition). Based in the United States, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.