Nyungnay Fasting and Purification Retreat

13 – 15 April 2022 | £20 | 54 Peters Hill Belfast BT13 1BA & Online with catch up.


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

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 sadhana “Drop of Essential Nectar,” 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.

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.

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



Drop of Essential Nectar


Wednesday April 13th
Introduction to Nyungnay: 7:00-8:30pm

Thursday, April 14th
Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am
Session 1: 7:30 – 8:45am
Session 2: 11:00am – 12:15pm
Lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm ( for in person attendees you can bring your own lunch and lunch should be finished before 1:30pm )
Session 3: 4:00-5:15pm

Friday, April 15th
Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am
Session 1: 7:30 – 8:45am
Session 2: 11am – 12:15pm
Session 3: 4:00 – 5:15pm