Nyungnay. Fasting and Purification Retreat

15th – 16th April 2023  |  £20 or £10 concession | Kadampa Meditation Centre, 54 Peters Hill, Belfast BT13 1BA


Nyungnay is one of our most precious Kadampa dharma jewels and as a centre practice it comes around just once a year – on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.

This special fasting and purification practice is traditionally done by Kadampa Centres worldwide on Buddha’s Enlightenment day, celebrated on 15 April.

We can spend two days with Thousand-Armed (eleven-faced) Avalokiteshvara – “Mahakaruna” – the nature of our Guru’s great compassion, making exquisite offerings, praises, and prostrations and thereby accumulate huge merit, purify vast negativity for ourselves and others and receive the most powerful blessing to propel ourself swiftly along our path to enlightenment.

Wrapped within the practice of Mahayana Precepts, it involves fasting and making three sessions of prostrations, with the Drop of Essential Nectar sadhana over two days. Usually, the second day is accompanied by a full fast, although strongly recommended, this is not compulsory. Everyone is welcome to join us for this special retreat.

In order to engage in the sessions each day, you must take precepts in the morning on both Saturday and Sunday. If you haven’t taken precepts before, please click here to learn about the commitments of precepts.



Drop of Essential Nectar


Saturday 15th April
Precepts: 6:30 – 7:10am
Session 1: 7:15 – 8:30am
Session 2: 10:00am – 11:15pm
Session 3: 5:00-6:30pm

Sunday 16th April
Precepts: 6:30 – 7:10am
Session 1: 7:15 – 8:30am
Session 2: 10am – 11:15pm
Session 3: 5:00 – 6:30pm

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