Nyungnay 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.
The path to inner and outer peace begins with finding balance and peace for ourselves because we can't bring happiness to others if we aren't happy ourselves. From there we can learn to love more unconditionally -- and with growing acceptance, understanding, and empathy we become more and more resilient. By bringing the path of peace into our lives, we will bring about positive change in our spheres of influence, which are our families, our friend circles, and the groups and communities with which we are connected.
On this weekend retreat, Gen Menla and Kadam Lucy will be giving talks and guided meditations that draw upon one of the most special practices within Buddhism, called “equalizing and exchanging self with others” – key insights that can unlock the door to deep personal peace and help us become a brighter light in the world.