Nyungne Fasting & Purification Retreat

Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th April

Nyungne Fasting & Purification Retreat – unguided

This two day retreat, which is done in conjunction with Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara practice, is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred.

This practice involves taking the Mahayana precepts (see below) conjoined with the practice of prostrations. Through this we improve our mind of compassion.

In order to participate in this retreat, you must take precepts each morning you participate. You may engage in one or two days of the retreat.

Booking is essential so please contact the Centre to book, ph 03 3322076 or info@meditateinchristchurch.org.

Retreat details

This practice is done over two days, with the eight Mahayana precepts being taken at the beginning of each day. 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, 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. We will be observing silence until 12.30pm each day.

Kelsang Luma, the Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, will give an introduction to the Retreat on Friday evening from 8 – 9.00pm. For those wishing to participate in the retreat you must attend this introductory talk. The sessions in this retreat do not contain teachings, but guidance will be given to you on how to engage in the retreat.


Introduction $10

Retreat $10 per day / $5 for Centre members (includes lunch on Saturday).

Session Times

Friday 9th April

Introduction with Kelsang Luma 8.00 – 9.00pm

Saturday 10th April

Mahayana Precepts 6.30am – 7.15am

Ses 1: 7.30 – 8.45am

Ses 2: 10.30 – 11.45pm

Lunch 12.30pm (on Saturday only)

Ses 3: 4.00 – 5.15pm

Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja 6.00 – 8.00pm

Sunday 11th April

Mahayana Precepts 6.30am – 7.15am

Ses 1: 7.30 – 8.45am

Ses 2: 10.30 – 11.45pm

Ses 3: 4.00 – 5.15pm

HJ Puja 6.00 – 7.00pm

Please note that session times vary. Please check our calendar on our homepage for updated session times.

Eight Mahayana Precepts

Precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta motivation.

The essence of the practice is to take eight precepts and keep them purely for a period of 24 hours. On this special day we take vows to abandon: killing; stealing; sexual activity; lying; taking intoxicants; sitting on a high or luxurious throne or seat; wearing jewellery, perfume, or make-up; singing or dancing; and eating more than one special meal at 12.30pm.

There are many benefits to practicing moral discipline in this way. It helps us solve our day to day problems and creates good karma to take us to a fortunate rebirth in the future. It is a powerful method both for purifying negative karma and accumulating merit or good fortune and brings us closer to the happiness of Enlightenment.