The Nyung Nay retreat is based on the practice of Chenresig [Avalokiteshvara or Guan Yin] and is held over three days. At ABC, our Nyung Nay retreats are conducted over a weekend, and participants are required to stay at the centre throughout.
The Nyung Nay retreat, which originated with a fully ordained nun called Gelongma Phagmo, is a practice of kriya or action tantra, and requires the practitioner to keep the eight Mahayana precepts during the retreat. There is also the additional precept of complete fasting from all food and water on the third day of the retreat while continuing to engage in making offerings, chanting praises to Chenresig and prostrating. These are methods that cultivate one’s development of bodhicitta, by generating compassion for sentient beings that are severely deprived and starved, including the hungry ghosts.