2019 Saga Dawa
Special Chenrezig Practice
and Annual Nyung Ne Retreat
Chenrezig Practice: June 12 - 14
Nyung Ne Retreat: June 15 - 17

Saga Dawa Duchen, June 17th, 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. Because of this multiplying effect, this is a golden opportunity to accomplish vast merit and virtue in a short amount of time.

This year, the Garchen Institute will celebrate Saga Dawa with a Special three day Chenrezig Practice, June 12 - 14, followed by our annual Nyung Ne Retreat, June 15 - 17.

You may attend any portion of the Chenrezig Practice, but you must attend the entire Nyung Ne Retreat, as it is one complete practice.

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, or "Sojong" vows, are taken for two days, wherein we vow to abstain from killing, stealing, lying, intoxicants, etc. In our busy lives, we rarely have an opportunity to take and fully keep these special vows, and the benefit of all practice is increased while holding these vows. So this is a truly precious chance.

Nyung Ne practice also creates strong empathy and reminds us of the suffering in the lower realms - we feel what hungry ghosts feel, we ourselves feel what any suffering being feels. And this arouses in us the desire to liberate beings from suffering.

The benefits of this practice are incalculable for the purification of eons of negative karma for ourselves and others. Patrul Rinpoche has said that practicing even one Nyung Ne will guarantee rebirth in the human realm. And for those who are completely dedicated this practice one-pointedly for the benefit of others, this practice alone could be one's only tool or method necessary towards the attainment of enlightenment. For example, it is said that if the Nyung Ne is performed eight consecutive times, the state of a stream enterer is attained and rebirth in Dewachen is guaranteed. If performed twenty-five times, the state equal to a once-returner is attained and all wrongdoing of the previous eighty thousand eons is purified. Performed fifty times the state equivalent to a non-returner is achieved and all wrongdoing for the prior eight hundred million eons is purified. If the Nyung Ne is performed 108 consecutive times, arhatship is attained and all the wrongdoing and obscurations of the past one billion eons is purified and birth in Dewachen in the direct presence of Buddha Amitabha is assured. Furthermore, it is said that practicing in a group garners each individual the merit of the entire group. If 10 people practice Nyung Ne together, it is as though each individual practitioner in that group has practiced it ten times.

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. To engage in the profound Nyung Nepractice during the multiplying time of Saga Dawa is a rare and precious opportunity indeed. We hope you will join us in this practice which will achieve the two-fold benefit of self and other. May all beings benefit!



SPECIAL TUITION PACKAGES
Special Tuition Packages include all meals.
They do not include accommodation. Purchase accommodation below.
You can only register for one participant at a time.
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$260.00
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includes Chenrezig Practice, Nyung Ne Retreat, and all meals.

$165.00
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$95.00
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DAILY TUITION, CHENREZIG RETREAT
If you have not purchased one of the packages above
To add the Nyung Ne Retreat to your Chenrezig Daily Tuition, please select the package above.
You can only register for one participant at a time.
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$15.00
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$15.00
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$30.00
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$15.00
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DAILY MEAL OPTIONS
If you have not purchased one of the packages above
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$6.00
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$6.00
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$6.00
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$6.00
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$10.00
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$10.00
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$9.00
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$9.00
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$9.00
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Outdoor camping
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$10.00
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$10.00
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$10.00
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$10.00
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$10.00
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Indoor Camping
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$16.00
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$16.00
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$16.00
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$16.00
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$16.00
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$16.00
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Shared Dorm Room
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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Private Dorm Room
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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TASHI GATSAL LING HOUSE

Tashi Gatsal Ling House is a custom-built adobe style home with five bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen and a lovely common area. It is a short uphill walk to the the temple, stupa and cafeteria. Tashi Gatsal Ling is a designated SILENT retreat area. In reserving a room here, you are committing to complete silence while in the house, its courtyards, gardens or terraces. Outside of Tashi Gatsal Ling's areas, you may converse normally.

Single Room
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$40.00
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$40.00
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$40.00
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Double Room
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Triple Room
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Guest House
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$60.00
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$15.00
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$60.00
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$15.00
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$60.00
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$15.00
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$60.00
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$15.00
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$15.00
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$15.00
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$15.00
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$15.00
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$15.00
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$60.00
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$15.00
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Deluxe Retreat Cabin
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$60.00
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$60.00
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$60.00
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$60.00
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RUSTIC RETREAT HUT
In the true style of Miarepa, these huts are simple, insulated structures. They do not have heat or electricity. Mattress pad, bedding, towels provided.
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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$25.00
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RUSTIC HUT WITH ELECTRICITY
Similar to the Rustic huts, these have electricity for lights (provided). No other electric appliance may be used. Mattress pad, bedding, towels provided.
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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$35.00
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