Saga Dawa Purification Practice:
Eight Sets of Nyung-Nays

June 1st – 18th

The fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, Saga Dawa, is perhaps the most powerful month of the entire year. It commemorates three significant events that forever changed our world – the birth of Shakyamuni; his awakening to complete enlightenment; and his final teaching of impermanence, his parinirvana. During this month, the effects of our good and bad actions are amplified 10 million times, making it an ideal time to intensify our virtuous practice by gathering together with virtuous friends for dharma practice.

During Saga Dawa Lama Padma will lead a retreat of eight sets of Nyung-nay (fasting rituals) at Rigdzin Ling. It is stated in most Nyung-nay commentaries that Saga Dawa is a particularly auspicious time for Nyung-nay practice.

The practice of Nyung-nay – a fasting ritual – is a fast and powerful means to clear away obstacles to our physical and mental well-being. Nyung-nay brings the practitioner to the essence of the supreme secret of Avalokiteshvara, the compassion of all buddhas. The practice itself involves using our bodies to offer prostrations, our speech to recite supplications, aspirations and mantras, and our minds to focus on bodhichitta. As such, there are numerous accounts, both from ancient times right up to the present day, of diseases, traumas, psychological blockages, and so forth being cleared away through sincere Nyung-nay practice.

By taking the temporary eight precepts (avoiding killing, stealing, sex, lying, intoxication, eating after noon, using high seats or beds, dancing, singing, wearing perfume or jewelry, etc.), the causes for experiencing happiness in this and future lives and ultimately attaining enlightenment, will be created.

Nyung-nay schedule:

June 1st – Arrival date

June 2-3 – 1st set

June 4-5 – 2nd set

June 6-7 – 3rd set

June 8-9 – 4th set

June 10-11 – 5th set

June 12-13 – 6th set

June 14-15 – 7th set

June 16-17 – 8th set

June 18th – End date


Per Set (2day+2nites) 8 Sets (16day+16nites)
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