March 12, 2021 9:00 am — March 14, 2021 5:00 pm
Yeru Retreat Center
40719 Lows Lake Rd

Emily, Minnesota 56447
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Zhi Ney ~ Calm abiding

Zhi Ney meditation practice is like flowing water – through movement, attainment, familiarity, immovability, and perfection, it takes your mind, which is initially turbulent like a waterfall, through the stages of moving like a river in a deep gorge, to a gentle flow of a great river, training your thoughts to blend naturally and indivisibly with your mind, then like a pond undulating under a gentle breeze, and finally taking your mind to perfection like a great calm ocean free of surface waves.


The Art of Meditation

The Tibetan Bön practice of Zhi Ney (“calm abiding”) is essential to all meditation practitioners.  To be able to achieve the Great Perfection “Dzogchen,”  Zhi Ney is a must.

Our mind (“Sem” in Tibetan) is a constant stream of non-stop thoughts, disturbing us so that we are not able to remain focused, calm, and peaceful in our meditation. If our minds are this way, the purpose of our meditation will not be fulfilled. Without proper knowledge or guidance of these various techniques, many practitioners waste much valuable time and never realize the benefits of meditation.

Zhi Ney teaches us to establish a stable mind and control our concentration, allowing us to find our focus and internal calm. This allows us to connect more deeply with our inner self to find peace and harmony.  Then, the joy of meditation will arise, and our meditation will become more productive and encouraging.

Zhi Ney practice is like the foundation of a house. The more stable the foundation, the better and safer the house.  Likewise, through a stable, calm, clear and energetic Zhi Ney, our meditations become more relaxed and stable. Gradually, our meditation develops and enters into the second and third stages of Zhi Ney, which ultimately give us great pleasure of body, as well as mind. In addition, Zhi Ney allows us to develop the wisdom of “extra sight” Tibetan “Lhag thong”).

Rinpoche will focus on introducing us to our mind, showing us the different stages of Zhi Ney, pointing out distractions to avoid, and improving the quality of our meditation.


The Knowledge Of Meditation

Without proper knowledge and guidance of meditation techniques, we can waste valuable time, and are far from realizing all the benefits that meditation can truly bring into our daily lives.

During this five-day retreat, Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche, a senior Yungdrung Bon Master of the 18,000 year old Ancient Bön Tradition, will teach Zhi Ney, a fundamental and powerful mindfulness awareness practice.  Zhi Ney practice strengthens and improves our meditation and settles and calms our mind. To be able to meditate deeply, we must find our internal calm and peace, and remain focused.  Otherwise, our meditation can be easily disturbed by distractive thoughts and worries. When our mind is calm and stable, and we are able to control our concentration, our meditation practice will bring positive results to our lives.

We will be able to connect with ourselves more deeply, and find peace and harmony within, and the joy of meditation will arise and bring well-being. Gradually, our meditation becomes productive and encouraging.

Learning this Zhi Ney Practice ~ Many, many of Rinpoche’s students have truly learned quality meditation, deep meditation with beautiful experiences during their meditation.  Students have also been able to reduce stress, relieve pain, and cope with serious illnesses and difficult life situations.


The Benefits of Meditation

Health and Wellness

Learning and practicing Zhi Ney will give you clarity, energy, calm and peace.  You will develop true relaxation, and gradually your quality of meditation will ultimately give you great pleasure of body and mental well-being.  In the process, you will also discover your true self.

Through meditation, we can learn to balance the mind, body, and spirit together, creating a powerful healing energy from within. This healing energy can help us deal with a range of medical conditions. By learning to relax, focus, and find internal peace and calm, we can help our bodies to heal.


True meditation practice takes knowledge and time to develop.

Once you learn to meditate clearly and deeply, without distractions, you will develop a sense of wisdom Tibetans call “Lhag thong,” which is insight during your meditation.


Meditation In The Workplace

Studies have shown, those who have meditation training are able to stay on task longer and are less distracted.   Meditation improves memory while easing stress. Employers who offer meditation workshops for their employees have acknowledged improved production, calm and productive employees, and increased harmony within the work environment.

Whether you work from home or in a corporate high rise, taking a little time each day to rest in the inner quiet of meditation will protect your mind-body balance, help you stay centered and calm, and remain open you to your highest potential for creativity and success.

Meditation for Care Givers

Caregivers need internal peace and calm just as much as the persons they care for. By keeping the body and spirit in balance through meditation, caregivers can find this internal peace and calm, both for their own benefit and for the benefit of those they care for.



Meditation for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Woman who meditates during their pregnancy can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.  Meditation during delivery produces endorphins, pleasure agents in the nervous system, that are important for childbirth and reduce physical pain.



Meditation for Peaceful Parenting

As parents, we understand the importance of releasing stress and maintaining our inner calm so we can be present, clear, and loving with our children. Meditation can help us find and maintain our inner calm, allowing us to parent from a place of peace, not a place of reaction.


Scientific Benefits of Meditation

A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for our mental and physical well-being.  These include:

  • Reduction of Stress
  • Enhanced concentration, memory and ability to learn
  • More harmonious loving relationships
  • Increased creativity and problem solving skills
  • Decreased depression, anxiety and insomnia
  • Improved immune function
  • Increased production of the Anti-aging hormone DHEA
  • More efficient oxygen use by the body
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced cholesterol levels
  • Reduced cancer symptoms
  • Healing can happen when the mind is peaceful, calm and alert. Meditation
  • helps us achieve and maintain this state of mind to allow for healing.


Zhi Ney Retreat

You can participate in this essential meditation retreat in two ways:

Through Live Stream Zoom: March 12-14, 2021  or

In person at the Yeru Retreat CenterMarch 12th-14th, 2021 or March 12th -18th, 2021  –  Rinpoche offers students who are attending live to continue for two or more days for Zhi Ney practice sessions and guidance with him.

For students who would like to attend in person, Minnesota is Covid restricted to groups of maximum 10 people in attendance. We advise you to contact Yeru Bon Center at yerubon@yeruboncenter.org or 952-300-6111.  Housing will be assigned as requests come in.



Zoom:  Includes digital recording

Early Registration before February 1st, 2021:   75.00

Registration after February 1st, 2021:  100.00


In Person Attendance:  Fee includes, teaching, digital recording, meals and housing

Early Registration before February 1st, 2021:  350.00

Registration after February 1, 2021:  450.00






March 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am
March 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm