04-14 and 04-15-2022 Nyungne Purification & Fasting Retreat

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Nyungne Purification & Fasting Retreat

Thursday, April 14, 2022 and Friday, April 15, 2022

In-Person or via Livestream

No charge to attend – Everyone Welcome!

Thursday Session Times:

6:45-7:30am – Precepts (required)
7:45-9:15am – Nyungne Session 1
10:30am-12pm – Nyungne Session 2
1:30-2:30pm – Heart Jewel Prayers
3:00-4:30pm – Nyungne Session 3

Friday Session Times:

6:45-7:30am – Precepts (required)
7:45-9:15am – Nyungne Session 1
10:30am-12pm – Nyungne Session 2
1:30-3:00pm – Nyungne Session 3

7:00-8:30pm – Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers

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Nyungne Purification & Fasting Retreat 

This special fasting and purification retreat is performed in conjunction with the meditation practice of Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara. Engaging in this retreat is a very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving the blessings of Buddha and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all).

Retreat is primarily a mental activity; therefore everyone is welcome, participating at the level of their physical capacity. No previous experience is necessary.

Usually this practice is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts* taken at the beginning of each day. On both days, we do three sessions of meditation, combining prostrations with chanted meditation prayers. On the first day it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day we traditionally engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. 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.

*The Mahayana precepts are vows we take to abstain from certain actions for the duration of 24 hours. For more information about precepts, please refer to our website or ask your class teacher.