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Nyungné Fasting Practice

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October 19 October 20

Annual Nyungné Fasting Practice at Do-Ngak Ling Monastery in Nepal. Our monks will perform two days of this special fasting ritual combined with the practice of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara.

The founding mother of the Nyungné practice was an Indian maiden who early on in her life took ordination under the name Gelongma Palmo. As the fully ripened result of her past karma, Gelongma Palmo became very ill with an incurable disease. Preparing for her death, Gelongma Palmo entered retreat and took Avalokiteshvara as the main focus of her practice. As the result of her intense practice, Avalokiteshvara appeared to her in a dream and revealed the instructions of the Nyungné practice. Miraculously, Gelongma Palmo was healed from her disease and from then began to teach the Nyungné practice widely.

To this day thus the Nyungné practice is a very special ritual, a powerful method that cleanses and washes away all our negative karma.

About Do-Ngak Ling Monastery

Do-Ngak Ling Monastery is located in Chapagaon, a village in the Lalitpur District, located approximately 45 minutes south of Kathmandu. Situated just opposite the sacred pilgrimage site of Vajravarahi, the monastery was built and offered to Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche by a devout Newari Buddhist family.

Do-Ngak Ling Monastery with the Zangdok Palri temple in the background.

Phakchok Rinpoche took over as abbot of this monastery upon the passing of Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. The monastic complex also houses a school for young monks and a health care center. In recent years the late Kyabjé Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche began to build the Zangdok Palri temple—a representation of the heaven of Guru Rinpoche—here. This unique temple is a supreme place of liberation through seeing, and for the accumulation of merit through offerings.

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October 19
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October 20
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