Precepts and the introduction will be given by Gen Kelsang Thekchen, senior Buddhist Monk and Resident Teacher of Bodhisattva KMC.

Course info

Nyungne Fasting & Purification Retreat – unguided

April 8th & 9th

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 ( a promise to avoid all non virtue for 24 hours), 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 at 6.30am each morning you participate.

You may engage in one or two full days of the retreat.

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.

The lunch we have on the days we are eating must be free from so called “black foods” which include meat, garlic, eggs, spices and garlic.

Gen Kelsang Thekchen, the Resident Teacher of Bodhisattva KMC, will give an introduction to the Retreat on Friday morning in the first session.


Friday 8 April:

6.30-8.45am: Precepts, introduction and Session 1
10.30-11.45am: Session 2
12.30pm: Precept Lunch
3.30pm-4.45pm: Session

Saturday 9 April:

6.30-8.30am: Precepts and Session 1
10.30-11.45am: Session 2
12.30pm: Precept lunch for those not doing full fast.
3.30pm-4.45pm: Session 3
7pm-8pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja


Friday only: £10

Saturday only: £10

Both days: £15

Precept lunch is available for purchase £4 on both days.  Please pre book.

This retreat is free for members

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Suggested Course Material

At this time there are no ebooks to purchase for this practice, but the prayer booklets we will be using are available for purchase online at Tharpa Publications.

We will be using A Pure Life and Drop of Essential Nectar.  You can order a hard copy of these booklets from Tharpa by clicking here