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Nyungnay Retreat, A Special Purification Practice

April 15 @ 6:30 am - April 16 @ 4:00 pm

Free – R70.00
Nyungnay is one of our most precious Kadampa Dharma jewels and as a centre practice it comes around just once a year – on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. Every year, to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, we engage in the practice of 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara, called Drop of Essential Nectar. During which, we make exquisite offerings, praises and prostrations and thereby accumulate huge merit, purify vast negativity for ourself and others and receive the most powerful blessing to propel ourself swiftly along our path to enlightenment.
This practice is very beneficial for purifying negative karma and for pacifying delusions. It is also a sublime meditation on love and compassion, and a deeply effective prayer for world peace.
Each day of the retreat begins at 6:30am when we take the Mahayana Precepts. During these precepts, we promise not to engage in negative actions of body, speech and mind for the whole day. We limit our intake of food and drink, with the intention of purifying our negative karma. Then we engage in three rounds of prayers, prostrations, and mantra recitations. . Usually the second day is accompanied by a full fast, although strongly recommend, this is not compulsory. Each of us does this according to our own capacity. Everyone is welcome to join us for this special retreat.
You are welcome to join in for just one day of the retreat; however, to participate in any of the retreat sessions, you must take the precepts at 6:30am that day. For those of you who are new to this special purification practice, here is some additional information: If you are participating in the traditional way in the 2-day Nyungnay Retreat, then on the first day you eat only one meal at midday – no breakfast, no dinner, no snacks. You can drink liquids all day, however. There are certain foods we avoid during this retreat, and a list of those foods will be provided here soon. If you participate in the second day, traditionally this is a full fast day – no food or drink at all. But, you can participate according to your abilities (i.e. if there is a medical reason you cannot abstain completely from food or from liquids, then on the second day, you can follow the same format as on the first day – only eating one meal at midday, fluids only the rest of the time).
Precepts – 6:30am each day 

Day 1 – Friday April 15th, BUDDHA’S ENLIGHTENMENT DAY!

Precepts – 6:30am -7:15am
Session 1 – 7:15am – 8:30am
Session 2 – 10:00am – 11:15pm
Session 3 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Offering to the Spiritual Guide – 5-7pm

Day 2 – Saturday, April 16

Precepts – 6:30am -7:15am
Session 1 – 7:15am – 8:30am
Session 2 – 10:00am – 11:15pm
Session 3 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel puja – 5-6pm

Prayer Booklets

We use the following chanted prayer practices (sadhanas) during the Nyungnay Fasting Ritual Practice:
KMC-Durban has a limited number for sale.
Tharpa Publications also sells the prayers in various formats (Booklet, EPUB, Kindle, MP3 audio) which you can purchase and download immediately:
Guidelines for Eating on Days When We Take the Eight Mahayana Precepts
As Precepts days are ones when we try to avoid non-virtues, we should also try to refrain from eating particular foods that for us stimulate strong attachment. Remember, our motivation for taking Precepts is Bodhichitta.

Acceptable Foods to Eat

Cereals, bread, vegetables, herbs, fruit, dairy products (milk, butter, cream cheese, etc), sugar, fruit juice, coffee, miso
Tea, beans & cakes (unless these contain spices) cookies (check for eggs)
Homemade salad dressing (oil, vinegar – vinegar from wine is okay, as there is no alcohol left)

Foods to Avoid (because they agitate the mind)

Meat, fish, eggs, onions, leeks, chives, spices (garlic, curry, etc), alcohol, salsa, prepared dressings, tomato ketchup, pepper …

Use Wisdom

We keep the commitments to the best of our ability. If you have to eat or drink for medical reasons please do so.
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Cost: free (donations welcome)
Lunch on the first day R70 if attending in person.


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April 15 @ 6:30 am
April 16 @ 4:00 pm
Free – R70.00
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