One Thousand Nyung Näs Before Long Retreat

One Thousand Nyung Näs Before Long Retreat

Date of Advice:
October 2021
Date Posted:
June 2023

A student had a great wish to do a three-year retreat and asked Rinpoche what practices they should do to prepare for the retreat.

My most dear, most precious, most kind, wish-fulfilling one,

Thank you for your kind letter.

My suggestion is you could do one thousand nyung näs. This would be extremely good. Then you don’t have to worry about going to the lower realms and whenever death comes, you will go to the pure land. And not only that, you develop compassion for all the sentient beings—this is special, I think with Chenrezig—and you will achieve enlightenment much quicker.

My root guru mentioned that at least you will achieve enlightenment. Just by doing nyung näs, you will achieve enlightenment within sixteen years.

When you do nyung nä practice, you are following the eight Mahayana precepts, like that, so you will have to prepare well for one thousand nyung näs. One hundred nyung näs don’t take even one year; so many people do one hundred nyung näs.

At Kopan, we have one nun who did more than two thousand nyung näs in Tsum before she came to Kopan. Some nuns come to do consultation with her. She is very inspiring, even for the Western nuns to know her, especially for the Western nuns. It’s really, really unbelievable if you can do [nyung nä practice] like that.

You are most welcome to enlightenment, without taking much time, and as well, welcome to the pure land. I will help in whatever way I can.

Yes, life is very short. It looks like we’re going to live for a long time, but actually it’s not long. It’s like one second that we have a human rebirth, in this life, and in the future when we die it will be like last night’s dream. One second, then gone, the human life is gone. We hallucinate [and tell] ourselves that we’re going to live long.

Also, by doing these nyung näs, it will make the nunnery in Mongolia so worthwhile.

With much love and prayers ...