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Nyungnay- A Purifying Ritual Practice

April 15, 2023 @ 6:30 am - April 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

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).

Session Times
Sat 15 Apr 2023 & Sun 16 Apr 2023
Precepts*: 6.30 -7am
Session 1: 7 – 8.15am
Session 2: 11am – 12.15pm
Session 3: 2.45 – 4pm
The session times are the same for both days, on the Sunday WFJ Tsog Puja will follow the last session 5pm- 6.15pm

Information
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 complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. On both days, we do three sessions of meditation, combining prostrations with chanted meditation.
*The Mahayana precepts are vows we take to abstain from certain
actions for the duration of 24 hours.

Cost & booking
This retreat is free of charge and there is no need to book.

Details

Start:
April 15, 2023 @ 6:30 am
End:
April 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Organizer

Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
Phone
02 40230215

Venue

Kadampa Meditation Centre Newcastle
36 Texas St.
Mayfield, NSW 2304 Australia
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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