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.