Annual Nyungney Retreat 2024

6:00am 10 March 2024 - 26 March 2024

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

In the past, our Founder, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, strongly encouraged this fasting practice retreat, particularly for lay people who may not have much opportunity for intensive practice in their daily life. 

The practice is based on Chenrezig who is the embodiment of loving kindness and compassion. It is specifically aimed at developing compassion for all the beings who endure great hunger, thirst and pain.

Now we are grateful for the guidance and skill of Lama Karma Dondam, a highly experienced practitioner, who will lead us throughout the retreat.

There will be 8 sets of Nyungney each consisting of two days and one extra morning session. On the first day of each set, participants are permitted food and drink which is offered at specific times.  On the second day, participants fast completely (not eating or drinking) and also remain silent.  Vows are taken with the Lama during the first session of each day.

It is possible to participate in just one set up to 8 sets.

To participate, the minimum requirement is to have taken Refuge. However, to participate fully one should also have received a Chenrezig empowerment, oral transmission and instructions on how to do the practice.

If you would like to be involved but for medical reasons you cannot fully keep the fasting vows it is permissible to drink on the fasting days.  This is recommended for anyone who takes daily prescribed medications.

If you would like to support the Nyungney retreat but don’t feel able to do the practice sessions it is considered excellent to serve the practitioners.  Please contact if you wish to offer to do this.

Bookings for this retreat are now open.

To book your place on this retreat and guest accommodation, please send an email to

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche