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A Ritual Fasting 1,000 Armed Chenreizig Retreat with Bonni Ross

Jul 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pmJul 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

A Taste of Nyungne with Bonni Ross

A Ritual Fasting 1,000 Armed Chenreizig Retreat

July 3rd (5pm) TO July 5th (2pm) 2020

This adaptation of a traditional Mahayana retreat practice will begin on Friday evening.

There will be no evening meal served, and participants will not eat or drink or break silence until the retreat formally ends on Sunday morning.

The first session will begin with making the commitments of the Eight Precepts, some orientation and instruction and a brief formal practice session.

The practice itself includes physical prostrations, visualization and mantra.

On Saturday, we will renew the Precepts once again, and there will be four formal practice sessions. Between these, participants are encouraged to continue the practice on their own.

Sunday morning, following a final formal practice session, a simple, easy-to-digest breakfast will be served, followed by a formal breaking of silence and a sharing circle.

A celebratory lunch will conclude the retreat.

This is a demanding practice of purification that powerfully challenges many of our habitual behaviours. Participants must be in good physical and mental health, and have considerable meditation experience. The commitment to fasting isn’t just about abstaining from food and drink, but from our mental and emotional reactions to states of hunger and thirst — physical deprivation many of us have not been subject to.

Through our formal Chenreizig practice, and deliberately meeting with difficulties billions of beings on our world suffer from daily, we encounter a more profound experience of compassion.


Costs include: accommodation, resource fee (does not include Dana to the teacher) and meals on Sunday

Members: $137

Non-members: $157


These teachings are given freely by Bonni.
Traditionally an offering of Dana is made to the teacher at the beginning of the retreat and is a profound practice in itself. Giving and generosity helps us to open, and from this open-hearted state, we find ourselves able to receive all we need to unfold.
Please bring cash if you would like to make a financial contribution to the Teacher. Giving as generously as you can supports Bonni to continue sharing the precious Buddhadharma for the benefit to all. Thank you.

Bonni Ross

Bonni began exploring the teachings of liberation in the early sixties. In the mid 70’s she met her principal teacher, Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, whose direct, eclectic teaching and example are central to her life. The encouragement of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, teachings from many great Buddhist masters, and innovative westerners have had direct influence, as well as artists, composers, scientists, poets, dancers, philosophers and mystery writers too numerous to mention. Her inspiration comes from “ordinary” people who demonstrate exceptional courage in the midst of great suffering.


For more information

Please contact the Course Manager: Karen Harley waihoraorganics8@gmail.com


To register please fill out our online registration form

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Jul 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Jul 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
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