Friday, April 16th-Sunday, April 18th, 7:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment day with one of our most blessed practices, also known as Nyungne. During this retreat, we vow to hold the eight Mahayana precepts and engage in three sessions of prostration and prayer to the Buddha of Compassion, Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara. The blessings we receive from this practice are immensely powerful, giving us the fuel we need to continue along the spiritual path.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ritual aspect of this retreat, all of the sessions for this retreat will only be available live and not for replay
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.
The Nyungne retreat is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts session at 7am (see below) must be taken at the beginning of each day. 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 on the second day can repeat the same type of fasting as in the first day.
About Precepts (you must take the precepts in order to engage in the retreat sessions)
Please note that, in order to engage in the Chanted Prayers and Prostrations it is necessary to attend and take the precepts in the 7:00am session. Recommended material :A Pure Life Prayer Booklet
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 the 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@example.com.
Friday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Introduction Saturday: 7:00 am- Precepts 8:30 am-9:45 am Chanted Prayers and prostrations 11:30 am-12:45 pm Chanted Prayers and prostrations 3:00 pm-4:15 pm Chanted Prayers and prostrations Sunday: 7:00 am- Precepts 8:30 am-9:45 pm Chanted Prayers and prostrations 11:30 am-12:45 pm Chanted Prayers and prostrations 3:00 pm-4:15 pm Chanted Prayers and prostrations
This event is taught by Gen Dorje. Gen Dorje has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 20 years under the guidance of his teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. Gen Dorje is admired for his warmth and humor in making Buddha’s teachings relevant to the modern world. He is an inspiring example of how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into a joyful life.
Bookings are closed for this event.