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6:30am 11th Annual Saka Dawa Retreat
June 16, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT
An event every day that begins at 6:30 am, repeating until June 17, 2019
1,000-Armed Chenrezi and Nyung Nye Vows
Led by Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday and Monday, June 16 and 17
Time: 6:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
No retreat fee, but offerings to the Lamas and the Monastery are welcomed.
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 Monday, June 17, when for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will lead 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 Sunday only, please bring a vegetarian entree to share.