Nyungnay Purification Retreat
with Resident Teacher, Kadam Ai Peng McBretney
Fri 16 Apr – Sat 17 Apr
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).
Both days will begin with the Mahayana precepts, where we take vows to abstain from certain actions for 24 hours (everyone attending the retreat will need to attend this morning session). 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 24 hours. On both days, we will do three sessions of meditation, combining prostrations with chanted meditation. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can still participate in the sessions on the second day, by abstaining from all meals apart from lunch.
For each session, we will engage in the Drop of Essential Nectar, with time for visualizations and mantra recitation as explained in the sadhana. You will need a copy of the sadhana which is available to order and download from Tharpa UK.