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Detox Your Mind & Awaken Your Compassion

A Buddhist Fasting Retreat | Nyungne 

Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10, 2021

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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.

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day is the occasion when Buddha Shakyamuni showed the manner of accomplishing the ultimate goal of living beings – the attainment of enlightenment – at Bodh Gaya, India in 589 BC. With this auspicious deed he demonstrated how each of us can overcome all internal and external obstacles and hindrances and become an enlightened person.

Usually the Nyungne retreat is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts session at 6:30am (see below) must be taken at the beginning of each day. (Please Note: In order to attend any of the Nyungne 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. On the second day we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. On both days, we do three sessions of meditation from a ritual prayer, Drop of Essential Nectar, combining prostrations with chanted meditation. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast 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 eight 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 eight precepts and keeping them purely for twenty-four hours. When we take precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight 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 & 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.

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

Prayer Booklets

During the retreat we will be using these two prayer booklets, available from Tharpa Publications.

A Pure Life

Purchase from Tharpa.com

How to practice the special moral discipline of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts for a period of twenty-four hours.

Drop of Essential Nectar

Purchase from Tharpa.com

A powerful practice for purifying negativities, pacifying deluded states of mind, receiving blessings, and improving our experience of love and compassion.


Friday, April 9

6:30am – 7:30am Precepts (required)

8:00am – 9:30am First Session

10:30am – 12:00pm Second Session

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch*

3:00pm – 4:30pm Third Session

5:00 - 6:00 - Heart Jewel

Sat, April 10th

6:30am – 7:30am Precepts (required)

8:00am – 9:30am First Session

10:30am – 12:00pm Second Session

3:00pm – 4:30pm Third Session

6:00 - 8:00 - Offering to the Spiritual Guide

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