Nyung  participants in front of the altar at IVY, France.

Seven dedicated individuals are in the process of finishing 108 nyung nä retreats at Institute Vajra Yogini (IVY), France. One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization is to sponsor others to complete 1,000 nyung nä retreats. Upon hearing of this incredible vision of Rinpoche’s, IVY immediately started hosting 108 nyung nä retreats a year.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Practice and Retreat Fund, is very pleased to be able to sponsor ten people with food and accommodation each time there is a 108 nyung nä retreat at IVY. Support is also provided by IVY and kind private donors. 

At the mid-way point of this round of nyung näs, IVY reported: “If we add up everybody so far we count that eighty-five different participants in total have participated in one or more nyung näs from mid-November to the beginning of March and 664 individual nyung näs have already been accumulated. On average, we have between seven to twenty people participating in each single session of the nyung näs.”

About this retreat practice Rinpoche commented, “Nyung näs take such a short time, but bring strong purification. So many eons can be purified in this life; it makes it so easy to have attainments.” 

The nyung na merit field.

Nyung nä practice is an intensive two-day purification retreat that includes fasting, precepts, prostrations, prayers, mantra recitation, and offerings. Nyung nä is a practice based on the deity, 1,000 armed Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, and is extremely powerful for healing illness, purifying negative karma, and opening the heart to compassion.

Incredibly, this is the seventh round of 108 nyung näs to be completed at IVY with the compassionate and dedicated guidance of retreat leader Ven. Charles Trebaol. 

Ven. Charles has had a strong and beneficial impact on those who have engaged in the nyung nä retreat at IVY.  It is difficult to comprehend the service Ven. Charles is offering to the IVY community, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and all sentient beings by leading these difficult retreats every year with such commitment. 

Retreatant Ven. Tenzin Sangpo said:

“In my eyes, Ven. Charles is the embodiment of love and compassion. I feel sometime that we in the west are are always looking for a spiritual masters very far from us in exotic places while, actually, we have one, here, under our noses.” 

Another participant, Valentino Giacomin shared this experience with Ven. Charles:

“One day, during the prostration session, I turned to see if there were any tissues on a shelf for my cold. An action of a few seconds. There were not. I continued my prostrations. After a minute, someone touches my shoulder. I turn. Ven. Charles is there with the tissues I was looking for! Regularly I forget something while in my “prostration zone” (glasses, pens, etc.) and promptly Ven. Charles returns my “lost things.” I do not know how he can perceive everything and be so careful despite the commitments he has and the responsibility to guide the (difficult) retreat which is almost nine hours a day.” 

Jean-Yves Barralis, acting director of IVY had the following to say about the retreats:

“As the acting director, I must say that each time I am amazed at how people who come for one or two sessions are so thankful about doing this practice. How they feel so welcomed by the long-term retreatants who take care of them by explaining the practice, giving advice, and offering love….

“Everyday, there are people getting up before 5 a.m. to work on changing their minds in such a powerful way. It is amazing. There are many people who come for one session on one day, or for one nyung nä or more. Sometimes, there are twenty people doing sessions at a time. The gompa becomes too small for everyone to comfortably do prostrations. (Ven. Charles is, of course, the first out to prostate in the corridor). And people keep coming back, making sacrifice to come for the weekend and even on their holidays.”
Please join us in rejoicing in the ongoing nyung nä retreats held at IVY and the inspiring leadership of Ven. Charles. This is an incredible offering that the IVY community has so enthusiastically taken on for the organization and toward actualizing Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Vision. 

An inspiring interview with Ven. Charles about his years in retreat, “The Hermit of the Pyrenees,” was published in Mandala magazine, March 1998. 

The Practice and Retreat Fund provides grants and sponsorships for students engaged in retreats such as 108 nyung nä retreats, 100 million mani retreats, recitations of sutras and long term retreat.