A special fasting and purification retreat performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced (or Thousand-armed) Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. This is a very powerful method for purifying negativities of body, speech and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special way of receiving blessings and for improving our minds of love, compassion and bodhichitta. This practice is done annually at Kadampa Buddhist centres throughout the world in a two-day retreat – called the Nyungnay Purifying Ritual Practice – to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.
To engage in this retreat it’s necessary to take the Mahayana precepts at the beginning of each day (followed immediately by the first session). On the first day it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch, and on the second day we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours (finishing at 6:30am on the following day). On both days, we do three sessions of the Drop of Essential Nectar practice, combining prostrations with chanted meditation. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the sessions on the second day, provided they take the Mahayana precepts on that day.
The sessions will be live streamed at these times. Follow Zoom links for each session:
Saturday 10th April
Sunday 11th April
* Session 1 begins with taking the Mahayana precepts (A Pure Life) – it is necessary to take the precepts at this time in order to take part in the other sessions (Drop of Essential Nectar) throughout the day.
You will need two prayer booklets to take part in the retreat: A Pure Life
& Drop of Essential Nectar
, both of which are available as physical booklets or downloads at https://www.tharpa.com/uk/</a