Buddha's Enlightenment Day Celebration - Kadampa Meditation Centre Victoria

BUDDHA’S ENLIGHTENMENT DAY

CELEBRATION

NYUNGNAY 24-Hour

FASTING & PURIFICATION RETREAT

DATE:  Sunday, April 14, 6.30am-3.15pm

WHERE:  KMC Victoria, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC

COST:   No cost to attend this special retreat celebrating Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.

IN-PERSON & ONLINE ATTENDANCE

We open our doors at 6:15am. Please arrive a few minutes before class starts and pay at the door (cash, credit card, or cheque).

Advance Registration and Online Attendance available for members only. Registration information will be emailed to Members separately.

BUDDHA’S ENLIGHTENMENT DAY CELEBRATION:


NYUNGNAY FASTING & PURIFICATION RETREAT

Sunday, April 14 | 6.30am-3.15 pm

In-Person and Online for members

On this special day we will celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. This marks 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. To celebrate this special day, we will engage in a one day Nyungnay Purification Retreat.

Nyungnay 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 strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special way of receiving blessings and for improving our minds of love, compassion, and bodhichitta. This practice is done annually at Kadampa Buddhist centres throughout the world to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.

REQUIRMENTS for ATTENDING

Nyungnay is a practice engaged in every year to honor and remember Buddha’s enlightenment. This special purification and fasting practice is performed together with prayers and prostrations to the 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Participants must attend the Precepts at 6.30am to participate in the retreat.

Fasting Requirements:

No breakfast.

Only 1 meal (lunch) on the day of the retreat, no food afterwards.

You can drink water and tea all day.

RETREAT SCHEDULE

6:30am – 7:15am – Precepts (Required)
Brief explanation & guided ceremony for taking precepts
with Gen Kelsang Zopa

7:30am – 8:45am – Session 1
Drop of Essential Nectar Chanted Prayers & Prostrations

10:30am – 11:45am – Session 2
Drop of Essential Nectar Chanted Prayers & Prostrations

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Break
During this break you may eat a vegetarian “precepts-friendly” lunch. A light meal will be available at the Centre for retreat participants for a cost of $10.

2:00pm – 3:15pm – Session 3
Drop of Essential Nectar Chanted Prayers & Prostration

Please note: Participants must continue fasting and observing the precepts until 6:30am the following morning.

ABOUT the PRECEPTS

The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta intention, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. The essence of this practice is taking eight precepts and keeping them purely for twenty-four hours. When we take precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions which include: (1) killing; (2) stealing; (3) sexual activity; (4) lying; (5) taking intoxicants; (6) eating after lunch (meaning we only eat lunch); (7) sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats; (8) wearing ornaments, perfume, singing & dancing.

Because this practice is motivated by bodhichitta it is especially powerful for purifying negativities, accumulating merit, and creating the cause for us to attain the unsurpassed happiness of enlightenment.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact us at info@meditateinvictoria.org

PRAYER BOOKLETS

We will be using the following prayer booklets during the retreat. Copies will be available to use onsite during the retreat.

A Pure Life
The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts

Drop of Essential Nectar
A special fasting and purification practice in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara

If you wish to purchase your own copy of these prayer booklets you may do so via Tharpa Publications using the links above.

TEACHER

Gen Kelsang Zopa

Gen Kelsang Zopa is a Canadian Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre. He has been presenting the profound teachings of the Buddhist path for over 25 years with depth, clarity and warmth.

FAQS

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE RETREAT?

GUIDED MEDITATION AND PRAYER  During the first session the teacher will include a brief teaching explaining the purification and precepts practice, then guide participants through the ceremony for taking the precepts.  The remaining three sessions will focus on the 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara purification practice.

PROSTRATIONS & PRAYER  During the retreat we will complete 3 sessions which include prostrations and the recitation of the Drop of Essential Nectar prayers.

MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind

Q. Do I need to have any experience?

No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

Q. How should I dress?

No special clothing is required, come as you are.

Q. Is there any physical exercise involved?

No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q. What is your policy regarding fragrance?

We strive to be a scent free environment. Please help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance free. The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma and allergies.

Q. What is your policy regarding late arrival?

Our doors open 15 minutes before class start.  Kindly arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class start to facilitate check in and get seated. Out of kindness for our volunteers, students and Teachers, we cannot accommodate latecomers.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

LOCATION

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre