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Nyungnay Purification Retreat

April 13-15 


What is Nyungnay?


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


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 Thursday and Friday. If you haven’t taken precepts before, please click here to learn about the commitments of precepts. 

Thursday, April 13th

Introduction to Nyungnay: 7:00-8:30pm


Friday, April 14th

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


Saturday, April 15th

Precepts: 6:30 – 7:00am

Session 1: 7:30 – 8:45am

Session 2: 11am – 12:15pm

Session 3: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

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ABOUT the teacher

Gen Kelsang Tabkay is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix. He has been a student of  Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years. Gen Tabkay presents Buddhism and meditation in an accessible and clear way, dedicating himself to bringing peace into the hearts of others. 

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