Nyungnay Retreat

Sat 22 &

Sun 23 Apr

A special fasting and purification retreat in conjunction with the practice of 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvra

Retreat Description

This special fasting and purification retreat is performed in conjunction with the meditation practice of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara. Engaging in this retreat 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 the blessings of Buddha and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all).

Usually this practice is done over two days, with the 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 Mahayana precepts are vows we take to abstain from certain actions for the duration of 24 hours. For more information about precepts, please click here.

If you are interested in attending this retreat and have any questions please e-mail education@meditateinsydney.org or call 96 99 99 02

Retreat Timetable:

Saturday 22 Apr

Precepts: 6:30am to 7:00am

Session 1: 7:15am to 8:30am

Session 2: 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Session 3: 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Sunday 23 Apr

Precepts: 6:30am to 7:00am

Session 1: 7:15am to 8:30am

Session 2: 10:00am to 11:15pm

Session 3: 2:00pm to 3:15pm

If you’re new to this practice please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early so that one of our volunteers can explain the practice to you before we start.

Additional Information

Date & Cost

There is no charge for the retreat and no need to book.


Kadampa Meditation Centre Sydney
693-695 South Dowling St
Surry Hills

COVID Protocols

  • Masks optional
  • Moderate spacing between seats in meditation room
  • Air purifiers + HVAC filtration + fresh air flow
  • Fully refundable or transferable if cancelled before the end of the session
  • Please do not attend if you have COVID or symptoms or you’re waiting for test results.