Saturday, February 28, 2015

Buddhist Fasting Practice: The Nyungne Method of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

One of my all time favorites books is "Buddhist Fasting Practice: The Nyungne Method of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig“ by Wangchen Rinpoche. One of these seldom books which make me sad with every page I am turning, as I come closer to an end, reading slower so that I have more days left to read it. This book left a very deep impact on me and is one of the few books I read over and over again. The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers in the West. Participants say the practice purifies them both physically and spiritually. This book is really a outstanding and comprehensive treasure on these powerful teachings.  Nyungne is a profound, two-and-a-half-day practice, a length of time especially helpful for people whose schedules cannot accommodate long-term retreat. It involves the keeping of strict vows; the second day is devoted to complete silence and fasting. The meditation centers on the recitations, mantras, and guided visualizations of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the buddhas’ loving-kindness and compassion. Translated as “abiding in the fast,” Nyungne is said to be effective in the healing of illness, the nurturing of compassion, and the purification of negative karma.

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