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Nyungnay Purifying & Fasting Retreat

In celebration of Buddha's Enlightenment Day

Friday, April 15 — Saturday, April 16

Livestream & In-Person

In-person Attendance:
We have limited space; please pre-register for in-person

Livestream Attendance:
This event will be available for livestream the day of the event. Replays will not be available.  

About the Retreat

This special fasting and purification practice is traditionally done by Kadampa Centers worldwide on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, which is celebrated on April 15th. We can spend two days with Thousand-Armed (eleven-faced) Avalokiteshvara – “Mahakaruna” – the nature of our Guru’s great compassion. We make exquisite offerings, praises, and prostrations and thereby accumulate huge merit, purify vast negativity for ourselves and others and receive the most powerful blessings to propel ourself swiftly along the path to enlightenment.

Wrapped within the practice of Mahayana Precepts, it involves fasting and doing three sessions of prostrations with the sadhana “Drop of Essential Nectar,” over two days. Usually, the second day is accompanied by a full fast. Although strongly recommended, this is not compulsory. Everyone is welcome to join us for this special retreat.

Please Note: In order to attend any of the Nyungnay retreat sessions during the day, you will need to attend Precepts in the morning. On the first day, it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast on the second day can participate in the sessions on the second day, provided they take the Mahayana precepts on that day.

What are precepts?

The practice of taking and keeping the 8 Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta intention, the compassionate wish to realize our spiritual potential for the benefit of all beings. The essence of this practice is taking 8 precepts and keeping them purely for 24 hours. When we take precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for 24 hours from 8 actions which include: (1) killing; (2) stealing; (3) sexual activity; (4) lying; (5) taking intoxicants; (6) eating after lunch (meaning we only eat lunch); (7) sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats; (8) wearing ornaments, perfume, singing and dancing.

Because this practice is motivated by bodhichitta, it is especially powerful for purifying negativities, accumulating merit—a positive strength of mind—and creating the cause for us to attain the unsurpassed happiness of enlightenment.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ritual aspect of this retreat, all of the sessions for this retreat will only be available live and not for replay. If you are in a different time zone, please attend Nyungnay at your nearest Center.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact us at [email protected]

Prayer booklets for this retreat

A Drop of Essential Nectar Sadhana
Download from Tharpa.com

A Pure Life Sadhana
Download from Tharpa.com


Fri., April 15 — Sat. April 16

Friday, April 15

6:30am – 7:30am Precepts (required)
8:00am – 9:15am First Session
10:30am – 11:45pm Second Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
3:00pm – 4:30pm Third Session

Sat, April 16

6:30am – 7:30am Precepts (required)
8:00am – 9:15am First Session
10:30am – 11:45pm Second Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
3:00pm – 4:30pm Third Session
5:00pm-6:00pm ~ Heart Jewel

About the Teacher

Our main teacher at KMC Colorado is Kadam Lucy James. One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco, and helped set up many thriving meditation centers since 1981. She is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and Europe due to her skill in presenting both simple and profound subjects with great clarity. For many years, one of her main jobs was to help with the editing and production of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, and she has engaged in extensive meditation retreat.

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