Nyungne retreat

april 15-16 (Introduction april 13)


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Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice performed in conjunction with prostrations and prayers to Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. This is a very powerful method for purifying negativity of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying delusions such as strong attachment and anger. It is also a special way of improving our minds of love, compassion, and receiving the compassionate blessings of Avalokiteshvara. This practice is done annually at Kadampa Buddhist centers throughout the world to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.


Buddha’s Enlightenment Day is the occasion when Buddha Shakyamuni showed the manner of accomplishing the ultimate goal of living beings – the attainment of enlightenment – at Bodh Gaya, India in 589 BC. With this auspicious deed he demonstrated how each of us can overcome all internal and external obstacles and hindrances and become an enlightened person.


Usually the Nyungne retreat is done over two days, with the Mahayana precepts session at 6:30am (see below) must be taken at the beginning of each day. (Please Note: In order to attend any of the Nyungne retreat sessions during the day you will need to attend Precepts in the morning). 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 do three sessions of meditation from a ritual prayer, Drop of Essential Nectar, 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.


It is highly recommended that you attend the Tuesday evening introduction if you have never engaged in this retreat before.


About Precepts (you must take the precepts in order to engage in the retreat sessions)


The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ritual aspect of this retreat, all of the sessions for this retreat will only be available live-streamed, and not for replay.

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

Tuesday, April 13

Introduction to Nyungne: 7-8:30pm


Thursday, April 15th

Precepts: 6:30-7am

Session 1: 7:30-8:45am

Session 2: 11am-12:15pm

Session 3: 4-5:15pm


Friday, April 16th

Precepts: 6:30-7am

Session 1: 7:30-8:45am

Session 2: 11am-12:15pm

Session 3: 4-5:15pm

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 contemporary Buddhist Master 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.