• Nyungne – Detox Your Mind Fasting Retreat

    Friday, April 12th-Sunday, April 14th, 7:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Individual days can be attended. Accommodation options available.


    Online registration closes Thursday, April 11th, 10 pm (Drop-in Pricing Available - See Below)

  • About This Event

    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. This practice is done annually at Kadampa Buddhist centers throughout the world to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.

    Buddha’s Enlightenment Day is the occasion when Buddha Shakyamuni showed the manner of accomplishing the ultimate goal of living beings – the attainment of enlightenment – at Bodh Gaya, India in 589 BC. With this auspicious deed he demonstrated how each of us can overcome all internal and external obstacles and hindrances and become an enlightened person.

    Usually the Nyungne retreat is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts (see below) being taken at the beginning of each day. (Please Note: In order to attend any of the Nyungne retreat sessions during the day you will need to attend Precepts in the morning). 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 can participate in the sessions on the second day, provided they take the Mahayana precepts on that day.

    It is highly recommended that you attend the Friday evening introduction if you have never engaged in this retreat before.

    About Precepts

    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 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 info@meditationinsarasota.org.

  • Accommodation Options

    KMC Florida has a variety of on-site accommodation options including single, double, and triple occupancy rooms as well as a male and female dorm. We also have ample bathroom facilities for our guests. Staying onsite in our comfortable accommodation gives our retreat and class participants the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the meditation retreat or course they are attending.

  • Event Schedule

    Friday:
    6 – 6:45 pmSupper
    7 – 8:30 pmIntroduction to weekend
    Saturday:
    6:30 – 7.15 amMahayana Precepts
    7:30 – 8:45 amSession 1
    10 – 11:15 amSession 2
    12:30  pmLunch
    2 – 3:15 pmSession 3
    7 - 8 pmChanted Prayers
    Sunday:
    6:30 – 7.15 amMahayana Precepts
    7:30 – 8:45 amSession 1
    10 – 11:30 amMeditation For World Peace
    12:30  pmLunch (for those not on full fasting retreat)
    2 – 3:15 pmSession 2
    4:15 - 5:30 pmSession 3
    7 - 8:30 pmChanted Prayers
  • The Teacher

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    This course is taught by Gen Kelsang Chodor. Ordained in 2001, he is a close disciple of Geshe-la and has studied and practised Buddhism for many years. He is much loved for his relaxed and gentle nature and teaches with great clarity, insight and wisdom, skilfully guiding people to inner peace and happiness in their lives.

  • Cost

    Discounts on the course are available for Temple Members.

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    Accommodation fees$240 (three nights only)$165 (per person, three nights only)$30 per night (one, two, or three nights)$30 per night (one, two, or three nights)
  • Attending This Event

    Thousands of people every year visit our World Peace Temple and enjoy its friendly, peaceful, and welcoming atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you too! 😊. We request those wishing to attend this event to book in advance in order to help us make preparations for catering and event organisation (and to speed up registration on arrival).

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  • Where to find us

    KMC Florida (Sarasota)
    730 N Washington Blvd,
    Sarasota, Fl, 34236

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