Teachings & retreats

88 nyung näs
with Venerable Charles
Friday 16th of November 2018 to Saturday 27th of April 2019


The nyoung nä is an intensive practice of purifying negative karmas accumulated by the body, speech and mind. Each nyung nä lasts two days and combines the practice of 1000 arms Chenrezi (the Compassion Buddha) with fasting and silence.



To engage in this practice, it is preferable to have taken the vows of refuge and, if possible, to have received a complete initiation (tib. wang) from the kriya tantra or at least, to have faith from the bottom of your heart in the Buddha and his teachings. It is said that making 8 consecutive nyung näs closes the door to a rebirth in the hells.


The first session starts at 5am, so it is advisable to arrive the day before.


As part of his broad vision for the future of the FPMT, Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently expressed the wish that Western practitioners could perform 1000 nyung-näs in their life. With this eighth round, the Institute wishes to contribute to the realization of Rinpoche's vision. It is possible to join the group of retreatants at any time by participating in a full nyoung nä or in several. If you wish, you can also contribute to this practice by covering part of the accommodation and meal costs of a retreatant.


We ask people who are new or who wish to do more than eight nyung näs to fill out a registration form.


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Accommodation: 3 nights + meals (1 lunch + 1 breakfast): 30€ in dormitory, 45€ in shared room.
Long stay: please contact us
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Visite of Ling Rinpoche
Friday May 3rd at 8pm
Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th


Institut Vajra Yogini is honoured to welcome His Eminence Ling Rinpoche this year. This will be his second visit to our center since he has already come in 2005 to teach on Langri Tangpa's Eight verses of mind transformation.
His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was born in India on November 18, 1985. At the age of 18 months, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of his main tutor and root guru, the sixth Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who died in 1983. He was the most renowned and qualified teacher of the 20th century and his many students included lamas, tulkus and geshes from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1990, at the age of five, the 7th Yongzin Ling Rinpoche entered the Monastic University of Drepung in South India and began his monastic studies there. At the age of ten, he received His Holiness' monastic vows on March 3, 2004, exactly 50 years after the Dalai Lama had received them from his principal tutor.


Rinpoche obtained his geshe diploma in November 2016 and then completed a year of tantric studies at the Tantric College of Gyuto in Dharamsala.


In 1991, Ling Rinpoche gave his first teaching in South Korea. Since then, he has given teachings and tantric initiations in many countries in Asia and Europe, Canada, the United States, Israel, Australia, Mongolia, India and Nepal.


Teaching on Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun
Friday, May 3 (7pm-9pm)
Saturday, May 4 (10am-12pm and 3pm-5pm)
Sunday, May 5 (3-5pm)

Rinpoche will comment on Nam Kha Pel‘s Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun.


The teachings of mind training belong to the great vehicle, because they are mainly devoted to the development of the mind of awakening (bodhicitta), the completion of the altruistic mind of all Buddhas. A particularity of the teachings of mental training is the advice to transform adversity into advantage. Thus, not only do these instructions help us to open ourselves to other beings, but they also help us to transform the difficulties we encounter into something precious. The Sun-Ray-like Spirit Training illustrates Tsongkhapa's presentation on the subject of mental training. The author, Nam-Kha Pel, has received the lineage of the seven-point explanation of mind training, which is the fundamental text here, from various sources, including Je Rinpoche, his principal teacher. What distinguishes this presentation is that he succeeded in combining the two mind training instructions as recorded in Geshe Chekawa's text with the graduated path approach.


White Tara initiation (jenang)
Sunday, May 5 (10am-12pm)


White Tara, the Venerable Wheel that grants wishes, is one of the 21 aspects of Green Tara. It is invoked to obtain favourable conditions for the practice of the Dharma: long life, health, material goods, protection from dangers, etc. This consecutive permission (tib.djénang) belongs to the kriya tantra. To receive it, it is necessary to have taken the vows of refuge, to have faith and respect in the tantras and to have a sincere desire to put them into practice.


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Sakadawa Celebration
Monday, June 17


On this day when we celebrate the birth, awakening and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha, all actions (karma) are multiplied by one million.


It is therefore advisable, even more than usual, to refrain from negative actions and to accomplish as many positive actions as possible towards the Three Jewels and towards all beings.



At 5:30 am, taking the precepts of the Mahayana followed by the practice of Ganden Lhagyema.


At 10:30 am, following the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Shakyamuni Buddha's collective practice in the gompa.


At 2:30 pm, sutra recitation and at 4:30 pm, animal liberation practice.


At 8pm, we will perform the ritual of the Inseparability of the Master and Chenrezi, composed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, followed by an offering ritual (tib. tsok).


You can join us at any time of the day depending on your availability.


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100,000 Water Bowl Offering Retreat
From Monday July 29th to Thursday August 8th


Water bowl offerings are one of the nine preliminary practices (tib. ngöndro) of the Gelugpa school in Tibetan buddhism. It usually takes about four months for a practitioner to accomplish 100 000 water bowl offerings. However, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has had the kindness to allow us to accomplish these offerings collectively during a group retreat. In this way each of the participants accumulates the 100 000 collectively offered water bowls during the retreat.


bols Practicing this type of offering helps us to develop generosity and serves as an antidote to miserliness. We create a great amount of merit or positive energy by offering to the Buddhas and this is needed to support our practice and studies. The water bowl offerings, as with the other eight preliminary practices (prostrations, Vajrasattva, refuge, mandala offerings, guru yoga, Dorje Khadro, tsa-tsas et Samaya Vajra), are an extraordinary way to accumulate merit and to purify negative actions in order to quickly generate realisations of the path.


This is the third time that such a retreat has been organized at the Institute. Registration is obligatory and the retreat is strict. All retreatants commit themselves to participating in each daily session for the entire retreat.


Beginning of the retreat : Monday 29th at 10 am
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Vajrasattva Initiation and Retreat
with Yangsi Rinpoche
From Sunday 11 to Sunday 18 August


Yangsi Rinpoche is currently the Director of Maitripa College, a Buddhist university affiliated with the FPMT in Portland, USA. For more than 20 years, he has given us the great pleasure of coming and teaching at the Institut every summer.


Yangsi Rinpoche As last year, Rinpoche proposes to guide us in this practice of purifying the mind that is said to be as effective in destroying conflicting emotions and negative karma as a large fire that destroys thousands of hectares of forest.


Rinpoche will confer the initiation of Vajrasattva on Sunday, August 11 at 3 pm. The retreat will begin on Sunday, August 11 at 8:30 p.m. and will end on Sunday, August 18 at 1 p.m.


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Feng-shui courses
with Jampa Ludrup


"The best way to help people is religious philosophy, then geomancy. "Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Feng-shui, or geomancy, helps us to live in harmony with our environment. The venerable Jampa Ludrup studied this ancestral art of geomancy with the great Chinese master Yap Chen Hai and Lilian Too.


The venerable Jampa Ludrup usually visits the Institute in July or August for a series of lectures and courses. He is also available for home consultations in the region. He spends several months a year travelling around the world to lead training courses or give home consultations for companies or individuals. This is his fourteenth visit to the Institute.


Who should attend? These practical workshops are suitable for anyone who has an interest in improving their general fortune and well-being at home and in the workplace. Some previous experience of Feng Shui would be beneficial, but is not essential. These courses are especially suitable for:
  • Anyone who is planning renovations
  • Office managers
  • Architects
  • Business managers
  • Landscape architects
  • Interior designers
  • Builders
  • Anyone who is moving house
  • Anyone who is experiencing unexplained problems
Public talk : Wind and Water - The Wonderful World of Feng Shui
Friday August 2nd (at Institut Vajra Yogini)


Essential Form School Feng Shui
Saturday August 3rd (at Nalanda Monastery)


Essential Compass School Feng Shui
Sunday August 4th (at Nalanda Monastery)


Introduction to Flying Star feng-shui
(It is advisable to have a solid knowledge of feng-shui to take part in this course).
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th (at Nalanda Monastery)


Advanced Practitioner's Course
From Wenesday 14th to Monday 19th (at Institut Vajra Yogini)


More information : www.jlgeomancy.com


Participation : 10 euros for the public talk, 108 euros for one day, 208 euros for one weekend, 388 euros for both weekends and 488 euros for the advanced practitioner’s course.
Half of the financial contributions to the courses are donated to Jampa Ludrup, for the production of a documentary video series on feng-shui, and half to Institut Vajra Yogini, to help finance its activities.


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