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Yuthok Nyingthig Ngöndro Retreat


  • Pure Land Farms 3265 Santa Maria Road Topanga, CA, 90290 United States (map)
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Seven day guided group retreat with Christiana Polites

Ngöndro, meaning ‘foundational' or 'preliminary' practices is the root of the tree out of which all other Vajrayana Buddhist practices grow. Yuthok’s ngöndro, traditionally done in the context of a seven day retreat is incredibly transformative to one's mind, health, and life, and is the gateway into the profound path of the Yuthok Nyingthig. This seven day intensive retreat combines sessions of silent meditation, group chanting, visualization and contemplation, as well as instruction in the practice.

Please note: this is an intensive practice. If this is your first retreat or you are new to Yuthok Nyingthig please reach out to our staff to see if this is a suitable event for you.

Cost of Attendance $525 | Lunch provided | *Registration open 11/1/19

Residential options available: breakfast & dinner not included for residential participants


Schedule (approximate, subject to change):

Saturday February 1st, 4 - 7PM: Check in for residential retreatants followed by an optional group dinner and discussion

Sunday February 2nd - 8th: 7 day retreat

Day 1: (2 Sessions with Introductory teachings)

8AM: Shanglon Protector Smoke Offering/ Opening

8:30 AM: Breakfast

9:30 AM - 1PM: Session 1 and teachings

1 - 3 PM: Lunch and rest

3 - 6:30 PM: Session 2 (with Kusali instruction)

6:30 - 7 PM: Break and Yuthok Tsok (Ganapuja) set up

7 PM: Ganapuja and Protector Practice

Day 2 - 3: (2 Sessions/ Day with Introductory Teachings)

7:30: Optional breathing and yoga practice

8:30 AM: Breakfast

9:30 AM - 1PM: Session 1

1 - 3 PM: Lunch and rest

3 - 6:30 PM: Session 2

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Dinner with Short Puja

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Protector Practice and Weapon of Light

Day 4 - 5: (3 Sessions/ Day)

7:30: Optional breathing and yoga practice

8:30 AM: Breakfast

9:30 AM - 12 PM: Session 1

12:30 - 2 PM: Lunch

2 - 4 PM: Session 2

4:30 - 6:30 PM: Session 3

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Dinner with Short Puja

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Protector Practice and Weapon of Light
Day 6: (4 Sessions)

7 - 9: Session 1

9 - 10 AM: Breakfast

10 - 12 PM: Session 2

12:30 - 2 PM: Lunch

2 - 4 PM: Session 4

4:30 - 6:30 PM: Session 4

6:30 - 7:30 PM:  Dinner with Short Puja

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Protector Practice and Weapon of Light

Day 7: (2 Sessions and Conclusion)

7:30 - 9:30 AM: Session 1

9:30 - 10:30: Breakfast

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Session 2

12:30 - 1 PM: Break and Tsok (Ganapuja) set up

1-3 PM: — Ganapuja/ Closing Discussion/ Dreams, etc

Check out for residential retreatants, after 4PM on Saturday February 8th or the following day.

Sunday February 9th:

10AM - 5PM: Yuthok Nyingthig Outer Guru Yoga instruction and practice day

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