April 12 -13, 2019
Nyungnä Purification Retreat
Celebrating Buddha’s Enlightenment Day
(Morning precepts are required to attend this event.)
at Vajra Light Buddhist Center
234 N Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530
April 15th is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. Every year, we celebrate this event with the traditional two-day fasting purification practice known as Nyungnä, using the practice known as Drop of Essential Nectar. During this practice we emphasize compassion, the very heart of enlightenment, by engaging in prostrations to 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
Each day of the retreat begins at 7:00am sharp (please arrive at 6:45am) when we take the Mahayana Precepts. During these precepts, we promise not to engage in negative actions of body, speech and mind for the whole day. We limit our intake of food and drink, with the intention of purifying our negative karma. Each of us does this according to our own capacity. Then we engage in three sessions of prayers, prostrations, and mantra recitations. The purification is most powerful if we participate in all three sessions each day. You are welcome to join in for just part of the retreat; however, to participate in any of the retreat sessions you must take the precepts at 7:00am that day. You can only attend the sessions if you have taken the precepts that morning. For more detailed information about precepts, please read more here.
April 12 and 13:
Session 1: 7:00am sharp - 9:30am (please arrive at 6:45am for Precepts & first session)
Session 2: 10:00am -11:15am
Session 3: 1:15pm - 3:15 pm
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in this retreat. At that time you will receive more information about food restrictions.
FREE of charge.