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Nyungnay: a purifying ritual practice

April 15, 2020 @ 6:30 am - April 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

- Free

Nyungnay Purifying Ritual Practice: 15-18 Apr

Held most months at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre. See online calendar for upcoming dates here

Due to the corona virus we are now offering our classes/events via live streaming. These classes/events are open to those who live in the following areas:
-Lake Macquarie
-Hunter Valley
-Port Stephens
-Mid North Coast up to and including Coffs Harbour
If you live outside these areas, please use the live streaming service of your nearest Kadampa Centre.



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
Precepts: 6.30am
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

Day 2 (full fast, no meals or liquids): Apr 16
Precepts: 6.30am
Session 1: 7.10 – 8.25am
Session 2: 11am – 12.15pm
Session 3: 2.30- 3.45pm

Day 3 (partial fast, one meal and liquids): Apr 17
Precepts: 6.30am
Session 1: 7.10 – 8.25am
Session 2: 11am – 12.15pm
Session 3: 2.30- 3.45pm

Day 4 (full fast, no meals or liquids): Apr 18
Precepts: 6.30am
Session 1: 7.10 – 8.25am
Session 2: 9.00 – 10.15am
Session 3: 2.30- 3.45pm

The retreat is complete at 6:30am the following day.

Live Streaming


April 15, 2020 @ 6:30 am
April 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Day Courses


Take a day out to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhist teachings. Explore a specific topic in more detail at one of our monthly one-day meditation courses at held at our Centre or various locations throughout Newcastle

Day courses offer practical solutions to everyday problems of modern living and are suitable for everyone!

Courses consist of teachings and guided meditations. Refreshments are served between sessions.




What is Retreat?

In our busy modern life we lack the calm and stillness conducive to maintaining a happy and peaceful state of mind.  To regain a balance people are drawn to peaceful and quiet places where they can withdraw for a short time and renew their energy – in short, they go on retreat.  On retreat we devote our time to meditation and contemplation – it is a time to acquaint our minds with positive and meaningful thoughts.

“On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activ­ities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions. We engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.”

Excerpt From: The New Guide to Dakini Land – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso