Please Join Us At Gar Drolma
For Winter Solstice Nyungne Retreat
Saturday December 21st thru
We invite you to join us on this auspicious day as we celebrate Winter Solstice with a Nyungne Retreat.
is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. We develop the enlightened
quality of compassion through Chenrezig practice and mantra recitation as well as by compassionate conduct
toward all beings.
The Nyungne Retreat is a Tibetan Buddhist practice designed especially for lay practitioners to purify negative karma and accumulate merit and wisdom. It is a two day practice focusing on keeping strict vows for a two-day period, generating the Bodhisattva attitude, and reciting the sadhana of the 1000-armed Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of compassion. In this way, the Nyungne practice cultivates all three vehicles or Yanas of Buddhism: Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana.
This intensive practice requires maintaining the eight Mahayana precepts on the first day and on the second day adding vows of fasting and silence (fasting begins after the noon meal on the first day and continues until breakfast on the third day). The vows or 8 precepts that we take include not killing, stealing, or lying, and abstaining from sexual activity, intoxicants, luxury, ornaments, and entertainment for the duration of the retreat. Meditation sessions include prayers, offerings, prostrations, and extensive mantra recitation, cultivating all three vehicles of Buddhism. Practicing Nyungne with great devotion increases peace in oneself and the world, brings happiness and good fortune, and leads to rebirth in Buddha Amitabha’s Pureland of Dewachen.
Please join us in this very profound practice of purification and compassion!
Saturday December 21st
9:00am-12:00pm Nyungne Practice and Teachings
2:00pm-6:00pm Nyungne Practice
Sunday December 22nd
9:00am-12:00pm Nyungne Practice
1:00pm-6:00pm Nyungne Practice
(There will be no regularly scheduled Sunday practice on this date, regular Sunday programing will resume the following
Sunday December 29th)
Monday December 23rd
6:00am-7:00am Nyungne Practice
Suggested donation for the retreat including meals is $20
Partial attendance is not possible for this event; lunch is served on the first day, and then fasting is done until a special breakfast is served on the third day; if you cannot fast, you may eat lunch on the second day, but dinner may not be eaten the first and second days. The first day fluids are permitted, on the second day fluids may be taken if necessary. To promote an atmosphere of silence and support for those participating in the retreat you may stay at the temple for the duration of the retreat.
To assist in the planning of the retreat please RSVP by Saturday December 14th at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you at the retreat.
May all beings benefit!
Khenpo Samdup will be teaching from his book
"Learning Buddhism, Source of Temporary and Permanent Happiness"
at the Yellow Springs Dharma Center
December 1 & 15 and January 5 & 19
2:00pm til 3:30pm
In order to meet the needs of those who wish to have a clearer understanding of Vajrayana Buddhism at the Yellow Springs Dharma Center, the first half of each session will focus on explaining the fundamentals of the Buddhist path from the Vajrayana perspective.
We will follow the format in Khenpo’s Book. The last half of each session will be learning the meaning and practice of Long Life White Tara.
On the alternate Sundays December 8 & 22 / January 12 those committed to learning these teachings will meet to discuss what they have read and ask questions. senior Vajrayana practitioner Dianeah Wanicek will be present to direct.
White Tara Practice will follow. Topics to be covered in Khenpo’s Book are:
- The Four Noble Truths
- The Four Thoughts
- The Two Truths, relative and ultimate
- The Three Vehicles
- Buddha nature
- Seven Branches
- Three Roots
- Six Bardo’s
- The Three Kayas; Dharmakaya, Sambogakaya, Nirmanakaya
We now have a dedicated page of Audio teachings from various Gar Drolma retreats, including the most recent Chakrasamvara retreat.
New audio files are being prepared for upload.