About Nyungnye and Lhabab Duchen
Buddhahood is the state in which one spontaneously and effortlessly benefits oneself and all beings without exception. In order to attain this state, we must perfect the accumulations of merit and wisdom. Through the perfection of the two accumulations, we purify our notions of self and other and realize the true nature of mind.
The resident sangha of PTC will be participating in the practice of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.
The fasting day for this Nyungne falls on November 4, the auspicious occasion of Lhabab Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm. It is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied.
This event is in-person only. It will not be accessible remotely.
Guests are welcome to participate in the Nyungne but please note – it is necessary to arrive at PTC by 8:00 pm the evening before as the practice begins as early as 5:00 am each day.
Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Lhadrun before doing this practice. Please contact her by email or call 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).
We do suggest that guests try to come for the 1st day of the nyungne set, but if that is not practical, it is still possible to participate any day of the practice. For further details for how to participate in this way, please follow the contact instructions above.
Nyungne prices: includes meals and room accommodations. Please note that accommodations are only open to program participants.
Type of Accommodation Non-Member / Member
Dormitory $50 / $30
Double Occupancy Room Guest House $70 / $50
Private Room Guest House $90 / $70
Double Occupancy Room Maitreya Center $110 / $90
Private Room Maitreya Center $130 / $110
Deadline for Registration is October 24
There are many ways to share in the merit of this event through sponsoring the chanting, the tea served during the chanting, and the lunch.
You may also simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:
Palpung Thubten Chöling
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Please make checks payable to Palpung Thubten Choling or PTC. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge to (845) 297-5761. For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.
Please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on 845-297-2500 and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.
Please do not visit the monastery if you feel unwell and/or have a fever.
We urge all program participants to take precautions against the ongoing risk of COVID-19 through protection such as having up-to-date vaccinations, wearing a good-quality mask indoors, washing hands and maintaining physical distance.
Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at all entryways.
Many thanks to all of you for your support in keeping this event as safe as possible!