Nyungnay Purifying Ritual Practice: 15-18 Apr
Held most months at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre. See online calendar for upcoming dates here
This special 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).
Usually 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.
*The Mahayana precepts are vows we take to abstain from certain actions for the duration of twenty four hours. Please email or phone the centre for more information, there is no charge for this retreat.
The general timetable for the retreat is as follows (subject to slight variation, please contact the centre if you intend to attend).
Day 1 (partial fast, one meal and liquids): Apr 15
Session 1: 7:10 – 8.25am
Session 2: 11.15am – 12.30pm
Session 3: 2.15 – 3.30pm
Optional: Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja (Buddha’s Enlightenment Day): 4.15-6pm
The retreat is complete at 6:30am the following day.