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Saga Dawa Duchen – Chenrezig Practice and Annual Nyung Ne Retreat

May 25 – May 30

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 Led by Venerable Lama Abao and Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

Saga Dawa Duchen, May 29th, is considered one of the most holy days in Tibetan Buddhism. It marks the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha Shakyamuni. It is said that on this day, the karma of all positive and negative actions is multiplied 100 million times. Thus, it is a tremendously auspicious time to engage in virtuous practice, and perform acts of kindness and generosity.

This year, the Garchen Institute will celebrate Saga Dawa with a Special three day Chenrezig Practice, followed by our annual Nyung Ne Retreat.

You may attend any portion of the Chenrezig Practice, but you must attend the entire Nyung Ne Retreat, as it is one complete practice that cannot be divided.

Nyung Ne is a special practice of the thousand armed Chenrezig. It is a retreat of body, speech and mind which lasts two and a half days. Nyung Ne combines a commitment to fasting and silence, with prostrations or circumambulations (as your physical conditions allows). The eight Mahayana precepts are taken for two days, wherein we vow to abstain from killing, stealing, lying, intoxicants, etc.

The first day we take one vegetarian meal at noon (no meat, onions, garlic, radishes or eggs). Light beverages can be taken throughout the day. (No juice with pulp. A little milk may be added to tea or coffee, but a glass of milk may not be taken.) The second day, we do not eat or and we maintain complete silence. Because Garchen Institute is in the desert, you may drink water. The fast and silence is broken on the morning of the third day, with a celebratory breakfast.

Developed by the nun Gelong-ma Palmo several centuries ago, this is a powerful method for purifying the negative karma of yourself and all sentient beings, as an act of loving generosity.

CHENREZIG RETREAT   May 25th -27th  9am -5pm Daily

NYUNE NE RETREAT   May 28th – 29th, finishes on the 30th at 8am.( May 29th is Saga Dawa)

New Office Building and Bath House

The first phase of planned improvements to the Institute property – the fulfillment of Garchen Rinpoche’s wish – is becoming a reality! A new structure, built across from the existing office/bookstore, will house the office, a large and well designed bookstore, and staff rooms. The new bookstore will be a comfortable, well designed place to shop, while the added staff rooms will open up additional rooms for guests.

The existing office/bookstore will be converted into a bath house with additional showers, spacious lavatory facilities, and lockers. Plans have been drawn and approved, and we are beginning the approval processes with the county zoning commission.

Click Here to support Rinpoche’s vision for the future.


Due to the kind sponsorship of a generous sangha member, a lovely new pergola walk-way will be built connecting the temple to the present office building and cafeteria entrance. For those of you who have participated in the Yamantaka drupchen, this is the path taken by the “tunnel”, and the pergola will be designed for easy conversion during the drupchen. It will be a graceful addition to our property, providing shade and beauty year ‘round. We are deeply grateful to our generous sponsor.

Policy for Attending Events and Retreats

The facilities of the Garchen Buddhist Institute are available only to persons who are accepted as students participating in a specific event or program relating to Buddhist studies or specific retreat.

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