Nyungne Purifying Ritual Practice

15th – 16th April 2017

Fasting and Prostrations in conjuntion with the beautiful prayers called ‘Drop of Essential Nectar’  A workout and detox for body and mind.

At Potala Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Thousand-armed-Avalokiteshv

This fasting and purification retreat is performed in conjunction with the meditation practice of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara. Engaging in this retreat is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving the blessings of Buddha and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all).

This practice is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts** being 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 twenty-four hours. On both days, we do three sessions of meditation, combining prostrations with chanted meditation. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the sessions on either day, provided they take the Mahayana precepts on that day.

                       first day

       precepts   6.30am – 7am
       session 1   7:30am – 8:45am
       session 2   9:15 – 10:30am
       session 3   4pm – 5:15pm

                     second day

       precepts   6:30am – 7am
       session 1   7:30 – 8:45am
       session 2   9:15 – 10:30am
       session 3   4pm – 5:15pm

**The Mahayana precepts are vows we take to abstain from certain actions for the duration of twenty four hours. Please note that you must take the Precepts (the 6:30 session) to do the other sessions that day.   Precepts can be taken as a stand alone practice for free.

More info about 8 Mahayana precepts can be found below 

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