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Nyungnay Retreat

April 12th -14th I 9:30am - 5:45pm

with Kelsang Tharden

Free for everyone

This special fasting and purification practice is traditionally done by Kadampa Centers worldwide on Buddha’s Enlightenment day, which is celebrated on April 15th.


We can spend two days with Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara – the nature of our Guru’s great compassion, making exquisite offerings, praises, and prostrations and thereby accumulate huge merit, purify vast negativity for ourselves and others and receive the most powerful blessing to propel ourself swiftly along our path to enlightenment.


Wrapped within the practice of Mahayana Precepts, it involves fasting and making three sessions of prostrations, with the sadhana “Drop of Essential Nectar,” over two days. Usually, the second day is accompanied by a full fast, although strongly recommended, this is not compulsory. Everyone is welcome to join us for this special retreat.


In order to engage in the sessions each day, you must take precepts in the morning on both Saturday and Sunday. If you haven’t taken precepts before, please click here to learn about the commitments of precepts.

Friday, April 12th

Introduction to Nyungnay: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Saturday, April 13th

Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am

Session 1: 7:30 – 8:45am

Session 2: 11:00am – 12:15pm

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm

Session 3: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Sunday, April 14th

Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am

Session 1: 7:30 – 8:45am

Session 2: 1 - 2:15pm

Session 3: 3 – 4:15pm


Monday, April 15th

5pm - Buddha’s enlightenment day celebration: Offering to the Spiritual Guide

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ABOUT the teachers

Kelsang Tharden

Kelsang Tharden is a Kadampa Buddhist monk with over eight years of study and practice. Kelsang Tharden's understanding of Dharma and his practical approach make him a good teacher and role model for those seeking to integrate Buddhism into their daily lives. He is known for his calm and compassionate demeanor, and his ability to guide students with patience and wisdom.

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