Nyungne Purification Retreat: Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Celebration (Apr 16)


Ritual practice for purifying negative karma
Saturday, April 16 – You must attend and take Precepts to attend any of the sessions
Everyone welcome: However, make sure you are comfortable with the requirements of this activity

This retreat is free, however, pre-registration is required.

*Please note: We are offering this retreat in person or via Zoom livestream. Pre-registration is required. If you choose Zoom livestream, then after you register, you will receive an email link to the meeting. You must attend and take Precepts to attend any of the sessions*


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Precepts (required) 6:30am – 7:15am
Session 1 7:30am – 8:45am
Session 2 10:30am – 11:45am
Session 3 2:00pm – 3:15pm

What is Nyungne?

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:

— Killing
— Stealing
— Sexual activity
— Lying
— 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