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Nyungne Fasting Practice


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Nyungne Fasting Practice

Definition of Nyungne Practice
The fasting practice of Nyungne is a well-known, very popular, and profound purification practice that is widely performed by Buddhists across Himalayan region of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. One set of Nyungne consists of two days of practice. The first day is the preliminary day, and the second day is the actual fasting day. One takes what is called the Tekchen Sojong vow, the Mahayana vow of Restoring and Purifying Ordination, with a total of eight precepts, and on the preliminary day one eats only one meal with drinks for the entire day. The meal is completely and purely vegetarian, which means it is free from any meat substance as well as onions, garlic, eggs, etc. The next day is a complete fast with no meals or drinks, and one must also be silent. This important and well cherished fasting practice can be done by anyone. The only requirement is that if you are not a Buddhist, you must take the vow of refuge as well as the bodhisattva vow, and you must receive the empowerment for Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. As long as one is willing to receive these teachings, one is welcome to participate in the practice.....

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