Nyungne April Retreat
Nyungne Fasting Retreat
Detox Your Mind & Awaken Your Compassion
April 13th & 14th

The practice of Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice performed in conjunction with prostrations and prayers to Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. This is a very powerful method for purifying negativity of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying delusions such as strong attachment and anger. It is also a special way of improving our minds of love, compassion, and receiving the compassionate blessings of Avalokiteshvara.

This practice is done annually at Kadampa Buddhist centers throughout the world to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.

On the first day of the retreat, we abstain from all meals except for a vegetarian lunch and drink only water. On the second day, we abstain from all food and drink for 24 hours.

Through fasting we can understand the sufferings of others and increase our compassion for them, as well as purify our own negative karma.

Students may attend both days of the retreat or they may attend on Saturday only, depending on their abilities and preferences.

Day 1 Session Times:

7:00-7:30am: The Eight Mahayana Precepts
7:30-8:45: Chanted Prayers & Prostrations
10:00-11:15: Chanted Prayers & Prostrations
4:00-5:15pm: Chanted Prayers & Prostrations
7:30-8:15pm: Heart Jewel with Meditation (optional)

Day 2 Session Times:

7:00-7:30am: The Eight Mahayana Precepts
7:30-8:45am: Chanted Prayers & Prostrations
10:30-11:45am: Sunday Morning Meditation Class (optional)
2:00-3:15pm: Chanted Prayers & Prostrations
4:30-5:45pm: Chanted Prayers & Prostrations
7:30-8:15pm: Heart Jewel with Meditation (optional)

Cost: $20 for Saturday only; $40 for Saturday and Sunday.

In order to take the precepts necessary to participate in the retreat, students must attend the 7am session.
Students should avoid wearing perfume, makeup, and jewelry during this retreat.

 

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