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Special Purification & Fasting Practice ‘Nyungne Retreat’

April 14 - April 15

Come celebrate Buddha’s enlightenment day! Nyungne is a beloved practice engaged in every year to honor and remember Buddha’s enlightenment. This special purification and fasting practice is performed together with prayers and prostrations to the 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. It is very powerful for purifying negativity and strong delusions such as desirous attachment and anger. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta.

This two-day retreat, done in conjunction with Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara practice, is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. This practice involves taking the Eight Mahayana precepts, a promise to avoid all non-virtue for 24 hours, combined with the practice of prostrations. Through this we improve our compassion and develop a pure and light heart.

This practice is done over two days. On the first day, it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch at 12:30pm. On the second day, we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. This traditional retreat is offered each year around the 15th of April, Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. Although this is an in-depth Buddhist practice, it is open to everyone. *If this is your first time attending a Nyungne Retreat, please attend the Friday night class on April 12th.

Note: In-Person Only

If you are interested in participating in this purification practice for one day or both days, this introduction session is mandatory for new participants. To register for the ‘Introductory Class’: CLICK HERE

FASTING: On the first day it is customary to abstain from all meals except lunch. The second day is a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink until 7am on the following day. Those who are unable to engage in fasting can participate to the extent they are able. You are only able to attend the second day if you have attended the first day of retreat. 

PRACTICE: On both days, participants may take Mahayana Precepts at 7am and do three sessions of chanted meditation and prostrations (physically or mentally) with the practice of 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Prayer Booklets for the Retreat

 

There is no charge for this retreat. There is a shrine, so if you would like to contribute to the offerings for the shrine you can make a small donation to help with the costs.

Schedule:

Friday
Introduction: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Sunday, April 14th

Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am

Session 1: 7:30 – 8:45am

(Sunday class: 11am – 12:15pm) – not a part of retreat

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm

Session 2: 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Session 3: 5:30 – 6:45pm

Monday, April 15th

Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am

Session 1: 7:30 – 8:45am

Session 2: 11am – 12:15pm

Session 3: 4:00 – 5:15pm

Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja: 5:45 – 7:15pm

Details

Start:
April 14
End:
April 15
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Venue

Akshobya Kadampa Buddhist Centre
2120 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 3R7 Canada
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