Apr 14-15 | Nyungne Purification Retreat: Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Celebration


Ritual practice for purifying negative karma
Guided by Gen Jindak
Friday April 14 and Saturday April 15

Free – Everyone welcome! However, make sure you are comfortable with the requirements of this activity.

* Please note *
   We are offering this retreat in person only. Pre-registration is required. (member login)
   You must attend and take Precepts at 6:30 am to attend any of the subsequent sessions.

 (see details below) 

Nyungne Purification Retreat: Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Celebration
Schedule each day
Precepts (Required) 6:30 am – 7:15 am
Session 1 7:30 am – 8:45 am
Session 2 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Session 3 11 am – 12:30 pm
What is Nyungne?

Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced (or Thousand-armed) Avalokiteshvara. This is a very powerful method for purifying negativity of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special way of receiving blessings and for improving our minds of love, compassion, and bodhichitta. This practice is done annually at Kadampa Buddhist centers throughout the world in a retreat – called the Nyungne Purifying Ritual Practice – to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.

When we take the eight Mahayana precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions:

Sexual activity
Taking intoxicants
Eating after lunch (meaning we only eat lunch: no other food before or after, until the next morning)
Sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats
Wearing ornaments, perfume, etc, and singing and dancing, etc.