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Tibetan New Year Weekend Nyungney Retreat with Namchak Khenpo
8:00 AM Ewams Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Remembering Ani Tsepak's Anniversary (4th Day of Losar).
Similar to the life story of the great nun, Ma Palmo, Ani Tsepak was a simple Tibetan
woman who was infected by leprosy. The great master Kongtrul Lodroe Thaye happened
to pass through the village where she lived. Seeing her situation and feeling pity on her
being illiterate and unable to comprehend any teachings or do practice, he instructed her
to simply recite the Mani Mantra and perform 100 sets of Nyungney. Particularly, she
was instructed to observe Nyungney every alternate days. So Ani Tsepak did 300 days of
Nyungney and received visions and blessings of Chenrezig which completely cured her
leprosy. She also gained great realization. Ani Tsepak was the first Lama of Namchak
Khenpo, though she did not claim any realization. She was omniscient and clairvoyant. Ani Tsepak would foresee
obstacles and calamities and warn people to prepare to pacify them. When the village people lost their cattle or
belongings and came to seek her help, she would guide them saying, if you go to such and such direction you'll
probably find it, and they would. She never acknowledged any high achievement. She passed away on the fourth
day of the Tibetan New Year demonstrating various signs of rainbow body and great accomplishment.
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 Day 1: 8:00am Teachings on Nyungney and Nyenay Dompa and receiving Refuge and lay-person's
vows. What is allowed? Vegetarian lunch only. Drinks allowed: tea and milk. No vitamin/energy drinks.
The precepts to observe are the Four Root Vows: No taking life, no stealing, no sex or sexual conduct, no lying
PLUS The Four Subsidiary or Branch Vows: No alcohol, singing, dancing, or music, no jewelry, perfume, makeup/cream,
or ornaments, and no dinner or high thrones
Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 DAY 2: At sunrise around 7:00am Taking Refuge vows with the same 8 Precept Vows like Day One,
PLUS no eating or drinking, and no speaking (silent). Only prescribed medication or drugs are allowed, if necessary.
Monday, Feb 11, 2013 DAY 3: 5:00am Thukpa/Porridge, 6:00am Breakfast
8:30am Concluding the retreat with The Seven Line Prayer Guru Rinpoche Ganachakra
Namchak Khenpo, the brother and spiritual heir of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, was born in Eastern Tibet in
1965. As a young monk, Khenpo studied all aspects of Buddhism, including ritual arts and chanting. Khenpo
then traveled to Mysore, India where he had the good fortune to meet His Holiness, Penor Rinpoche and begin
studying at His Holiness's Nyingma College, Namdrol Ling Shedra. He graduated after nine years as a Do-Ngag
Rabjampa, Master of Sutra and Tantra, the highest academic degree. He spends his time in Nepal and as
resident Abbot at Ewam Sang-ngag Ling in Arlee, Montana.
Retreat costs for food, lodging, and teachings are $150. No one will
be turned away due to lack of funds. To ensure there will be enough
space for everyone, please register in advance with Amy Chalcraft at
Ewam by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 406.726.0555
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Ewams Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Address: Ewam Sang-ngag Ling
PO Box 330
34574 White Coyote Rd.
Arlee, MT 59821