We are offering live video streaming through private Facebook Groups. A Facebook account is required and you will need to join in advance in order to participate. (If you need help joining this Facebook Group, email us at: [email protected]). Scroll down for retreat details, including session schedule and chanted prayer booklets. Free—donations are accepted. Everyone is welcome!

**Advance Registration is Required: You are required to take Precepts for each day of retreat. If you wish to engage in the full retreat, register by Thursday, April 9, 8pm and be sure to take Precepts both Friday and Saturday. If you wish to engage in only Saturday, register by Friday, April 10, 8pm and be sure to take Precepts on Saturday.

FREEdonations accepted


**Must REGISTER BY Thursday, April 9, 8pm

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Nyungne Purification & Fasting Retreat

Friday & Saturday, April 10 & 11

with Gen Kelsang Chokyan

Pacify strong delusions, purify negativity, and increase compassion

The essence of the Buddhist path is compassion. In this practice, which involves taking Mahayana precepts, making prostrations, and engaging in prayer while meditating extensively on compassion, we purify our mind fully. This is a very powerful way to purify our negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and to pacify strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred.

Everyone is welcome to attend this self-guided retreat. Precepts will be granted by Gen Kelsang Chokyan. In order to participate in the full retreat, you must take precepts both days.

We will be using A Pure Life and Drop of Essential Nectar chanted prayer booklets, both available for purchase online at Tharpa.com.

You can still engage in retreat without the prayer booklets. We will try to offer a small supply from our bookstore. Send an email to [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate requests.


donations accepted

Retreat Schedule:
6:30am Precepts (required)*
7:30–9am Session 1
9:30–10:45am Session 2
12:30pm Lunch
2–3:30pm Session 3

PRE REGISTER by Thursday, April 9, 8PM

6:30am Precepts (required)*
7:30–9am Session 1
9:30–10:45am Session 2
1–2:30pm Session 3

PRE REGISTER by Friday, April 10, 8PM

*Taking precepts is required each day in order to participate in any sessions for that day.

What to Expect in this Retreat

Precepts will be granted by the teacher using A Pure Life prayer booklet and includes a teaching and explanation of this practice. For the sessions that follow, we will be chanting a special prayer called Drop of Essential Nectar to 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara. Within that prayer, you will stand and make physical or mental prostrations on behalf of all living beings for about 25 minutes while chanting a verse of praise. This part of the retreat is self-guided along with the audio of the prayers and mantra recitations.

About Precepts and Sessions 
In order to have a qualified retreat, you must first take precepts at 6:30am. This part of the retreat is guided. As part of this practice, we abstain from wearing makeup, perfume, and jewelry; engaging in song and dance; and taking part in idle chatter. After taking precepts, you can attend any or all sessions in the retreat. Sessions are self-guided and include chanted prayer, mantra recitation, and prostrations.

What to Eat
On Friday, you should try to eat one meal for the whole day, typically lunch at 12:30pm, having no food after lunch. Your meal should be vegetarian and should be bland. We are not eating to enjoy, just to sustain our energy. You can drink water throughout the day. On Saturday, you should try to eat no meals and no drink. Do what you can and don't ever put yourself at risk. If you need to eat or drink for health reasons, then do so.

If you have any questions, please send us an email at [email protected].

About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Chokyan is an American Buddhist monk. He has been practicing meditation and modern Buddhism for 16 years and is a great example of how to practice Kadampa Buddhism in the modern world. His sincere teachings are presented with humor and warmth, showing us how to find peace and happiness in our everyday daily lives.


This class is only available through LIVE VIDEO STREAMING until further notice.