Kurukulla Center

for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Nyung Nš Retreat with Wendy Cook
Posted Dec 03 2017 05:00:00pm

Friday, January 5, 7:00 PM to Monday, January 8, 8:00 AM

A Nyung Na is an intensive retreat ideal for people whose busy schedules don't allow for longer retreats. Highly recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, he describes it as a "practice that combines various skillful means to quickly complete the work of accumulating merit and purifying obscurations."

The Nyung Na is based on devotion to the Great Compassionate Buddha, Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara. During the three group sessions each day, we follow a meditation sadhana that includes visualizations, performing prostrations, reciting mantras and so forth. On Saturday and Sunday mornings the Eight Mahayana Precepts are taken before dawn. On Sunday the additional vows are taken to not to eat, drink (even water), or talk until sunrise Monday morning. After the final session on Monday morning participants have breakfast and rejoice!

Wendy Cook will lead the Nyung Na. She met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1987, Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1988, and was Kurukulla Center Director from 2002-08. She considers leading a Nyung Na and guiding people through this extraordinary and intensive practice, especially first-timers, a great privilege.

Prerequisites: One needs to have taken the Eight Mahayana Precepts from a qualified master at least once. Also one needs to have taken formal refuge OR been attending teachings regularly at Kurukulla Center for one year. Others may attend by permission. Please contact Wendy if you have any questions.

Preregistration required as the retreat is limited to 12-14 participants.

The suggested offering is $108 to cover costs and any additional proceeds will go towards the Kurukulla Center general fund.


Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Inc. was founded in 1989 under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT. Under the guidance of resident teacher Geshe Ngawang Tenley, Kurukulla Center's mission is to provide a community of support for those who are studying and practicing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

This Week at Kurukulla Center

Sunday - Dec 10, 2017

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 100,000 Praises to the Twenty-One TarasóWeekend Retreat

Monday - Dec 11, 2017

7:00 - 9:00 PM Meditation 101 with Sean GonzŠlez

Tuesday - Dec 12, 2017

 Lama Tsongkhapa Day -- Ganden Ngamchoe

6:30 - 9:30 PM Lama Tsongkhapa Day Celebration with Lama Chopa (Guru Puja)

Wednesday - Dec 13, 2017

4:00 pm at Center Bon Voyage Geshela!

7:00 - 9:00 PM CANCELED: No Class Today

Saturday - Dec 16, 2017

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Reiki Level I with an Introduction to Reiki Level II

Sunday - Dec 17, 2017

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Teaching on the Vajrasattva Purification Practice with Dr. Nick Ribush

2:00 - 5:00 PM Reiki Level I with an Introduction to Reiki Level II

Monday - Dec 18, 2017

7:00 - 9:00 PM Meditation 101 with Sean GonzŠlez

Tuesday - Dec 19, 2017

7:00 - 8:45 PM Yoga & Meditation with Wendy Cook

Wednesday - Dec 20, 2017

7:00 - 9:00 PM Dharma Discussion with Thubten Damchoe



To see what else is coming up, see our Calendar


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Teachings on the Vajrasattva Purification Practice with Dr. Nick Ribush
Posted Dec 16 2017 09:00:00am

Sunddays, December 17 and 31 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

This coming Sunday Dr. Nick Ribush will be teaching on the Vajrasattva purification practice and provide instruction on the method. Common to all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of Vajrasattva is used to purify obstacles to spiritual development, negative karma, and illness.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches that if you want others to love you, you must first love others. If you benefit others, naturally they will benefit you. The cause and effect of karma is as simple as this. The Vajrasattva purification practice, which is more powerful than negative karma, can prevent you from experiencing the problems that negative karma would otherwise bring you. Thus, the practice of purification is one of the most important solutions to our problems and is extremely necessary.

Dr. Nick Ribush, first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1972, when he attended the third one-month course given there. It was taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, two of the lamas most instrumental in the transmission of Buddhism to the West and founders of the FPMT, the international organization with which Kurukulla Center is affiliated. One of the main things that impressed Dr. Nick was the way Tibetan Buddhism distills the complexity of the vast Buddhist teachings into a clear path that can be understood and practiced by anybody, a roadmap to enlightenment (in Tibetan: lam-rim, the stages of the path). Another was that nobody was expected to accept what was taught unchallenged-everything is up for analysis and debate, following true scientific method.

Dr. Nick has been directing the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive since founding it in 1996. Before that he founded and directed Wisdom Publications, Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre and Kurukulla Center, and in general has worked full-time for the FPMT for more than forty-five years.