9th Annual Saka Dawa Retreat -- 1,000 Armed Chenrezi and Nyen Nye Vows

Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche
Friday and Saturday, June 8th & 9th
Time: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
No retreat fee, but offerings to the Lama and the Monastery are welcomed.
To register, visit: conta.cc/2o72uNF

The  fourth  month  of  the  Tibetan  Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.”  

The full moon day (15th day) of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism: the Buddha’s Conception, Enlightenment, and parting into Nirvana.  It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day.  The merit generated from these virtuous activities increases 10 million fold.  This year, that day is Thursday, June 8th, when for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will begin the retreat. The practice for this retreat is the 1,000-Armed Chenrezi.

Participants may take Nyung Nye vows for increased merit.  In Tibetan, the word “Nyung” means less. “Nye” means remaining.  This means that we reduce our negativity and, ideally, eliminate it entirely. Nyung Nye is a practice of fasting and purification.  Each  morning, one may take vows by which to abide for the whole day.  On the first day, in accordance with a partial fast, a potluck vegetarian lunch is eaten at noon and liquids are taken. On the second day, no food or drink at all is consumed. In addition, on the second day, there is no talking except for the recitation of the practice.

On Friday only, please bring a vegetarian entree to share. 

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy.  Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk.  He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.