Buddha of Compassion Fasting Retreat

Class/Course Date(s) & Time:
Saturday 14th April-Sunday 15th April, Starts 06:30 Finishes 16:45

Class/Course Level:
GreenRecommended for those with some experience of Buddhist Meditation

Bodhisattva KMC (Venue Map & Information)
3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1DN


This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Eleven-Faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.

Usually 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 the puja Drop of Essential Nectar –one first thing in the morning, one before lunch, and one in the late afternoon. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the puja on the second day, provided they take the eight Mahayana precepts on that day.

On each day, before the break of dawn, we begin by taking the eight Mahayana precepts according to the sadhana entitled A Pure Life and then we begin the first session of the sadhana entitled Drop of Essential Nectar.

Session times are as follows for Saturday and Sunday:

Session 1: 6.30-8.00 am (including precepts)
Session 2: 10.30-11.45 am
Session 3: 3.30-4.45 pm

If you wish to attend please contact us and let us know in advance. There is no charge for the sessions.

Class/Course Fee: