A special purification prayer retreat

Purification and Fasting retreat:

Saturday, April 13 - Monday, April 15

With Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Thekchen

$25 entire retreat | $15 per day | Free for Gold & Platinum members

1000 Armed Avalokiteshevara

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.

In order to participate in this retreat, you must take precepts at 6:30 a.m. each morning you participate. You may engage in one or two full days of the retreat.

Day 1: No breakfast, only 1 meal 12 – 1pm, no food after. You can drink water/ tea for the day.

Day 2: You have a choice to do a complete fast on the second day (no food or water) until day 3 at dawn. Or repeat the same as day 1.


Saturday, April 13

Free introduction to be given by Gen Thekchen during Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers, 5-6:45pm

Sunday, April 14

Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am - Must attend to do the retreat

Session 1:  7:15–8:30am (A short introduction will be given by Gen Thekchen before this session, for those who didn't attend the introduction on Saturday.)

Session 2:  10–11:15am

Lunch:   12:30–1:30pm

Session 3:  3:00-4:15pm

Monday, April 15

Precepts:  6:30–7:00am - Must attend to do the retreat

Session 1:  7:15–8:30am

Session 2:  10–11:15am

Session 3:   3:00-4:15pm

Special Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers for Buddha's Enlightenment Day:  

Prayer Booklet, "A Pure Life", the practice of the taking and keeping of the eight Mahayana PreceptsThe prayer booklet, "Drop of Essential Nectar", a special fasting and purification practiceParticipants will need the Prayer Booklets, A Pure Life and Drop of Essential Nectar. We have copies for you to use during the retreat at our Centre, or you can purchase a copy from our bookshop. Alternatively, e-copies can be downloaded from tharpa.com .

Gen Kelsang Thekchen, Buddhist Monk & TeacherThis retreat will be led by Resident Teacher Gen  Kelsang Thekchen, who is a senior Teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been a Kadampa Buddhist monk and Teacher under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 25 years. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha's teachings in a simple, profound, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life. 


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One of the greatest gifts of Dharma is that it teaches us how to purify our past non-virtues.
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