April 11 @ 6:30 am - April 12 @ 2:00 pm£20 – £40
About This Event
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). The nun Bhikshuni Palmo originated the Nyung Nye practice in India many centuries ago, through which she gained many realizations.
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. Explanation will be given on the Friday night.
About The Teacher
Gen Kelsang Togden
Gen Kelsang Togden is a Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre London.
He began his studies of Modern Buddhism in Toronto, Canada, in 1993. He received teachings from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for the first time in the summer of 1994 at Manjushri KMC in the Lake District, and since then has been committed as his close student by making effort to study and practice his instructions.
Gen Togden is loved and admired by his students because of his practical knowledge and warm presentations, authentic teachings, as well as his natural joy and sense of humour. He usually has a broad smile and a good heart, making effort to put everyone at ease and to help them solve their many problems and anxieties with practical Dharma advice.
What to Expect
What will each session consist of?
Each session will include a combination of teachings and guided meditations with an opportunity to ask questions at the end and socialize with like-minded people during the break time.
Do I need to bring anything or wear anything special?
No. All sessions will take place on chairs but there are optional cushions if you prefer to sit cross-legged. You don’t need to bring anything else with you, but some people like to take notes during the session, so feel free to bring a paper and pen.
What if I’m new to this?
Everyone is welcome to participate in this course and will benefit both new and experienced people alike. Our reception staff will happily recommend some follow on reading or classes after the course if you are interested.
Contact email@example.com and we will happily help you with your query.
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