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Rest for the Fortunate, The Practice of Nyungne

CODE: 141

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Rest for the Fortunate is the name of a traditional Tibetan commentary on Nyungne written by the Ninth Situ Rinpoche (1774-1853), a major lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu tradition. It tells of the history of Nyungne, starting with the Buddhist princess Lakshminkara who overcame terrible illness through practice and became the first holder of the Nyungne lineage.

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's new book of the same title analyzes the original text, and makes its teachings accessible to modern readers by providing commentary and answering practical questions from students. There is also a detailed explanation of how the practice integrates the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana levels of Buddhist practice. The benefits of Nyungne are explained in detail through many stories and extensive scriptural references concerning its power in the purification of karmic obstacles and wrongdoing and the accomplishment of enlightened qualities.

The book is appropriate for those just learning about Nyungne, as well as those already practicing it. The book concludes with a special teaching on dying, death, and the bardo (intermediate) states based on the instructions of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Bardor Tulku Rinpoche’s teaching on death and dying provides a clear explanation of the Tibetan Buddhist view of these states.

What is Nyungne? Nyungne (pronounced NYUNG NAY) is a special fasting practice of purification and renewal practiced by all the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally, the practice is conducted as part of a meditation retreat, although once practitioners have participated in such a retreat, they are able to perform the practice on their own. It is extraordinary both for its profound spiritual qualities and for its practicality in application.

The Nyungne includes two full days of practice and a short concluding session on the morning of the third day. Participants take a set of strict vows on the morning of each day. On the first day, they eat one meal at noon and unlimited liquids throughout the day.

The second day is a strict and complete fast with no food or liquids, and is conducted in silence except for liturgical recitations. The meditation is centered around the liturgy, mantras, and visualization of 1000-Armed Chenrezig, the embodiment of the compassion of all enlightened beings.

The Nyungne was originated by Gelongma Palmo, an ancient Indian princess. She overcame severe illness through devoted and extensive practice of 1000-Armed Chenrezig, and passed the methods and blessings of this practice down through a lineage of practitioners that continues to this day.

Venerable Bardor Tulku Rinpoche is a resident lama at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (KTD) in Woodstock, New York. KTD is the North American seat of His Holiness Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Bardor Rinpoche was recognized as a tulku (reincarnate lama) by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, and trained at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India. Rinpoche has been instrumental in the building and development of KTD, and an active teacher of Buddhism for many years.