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Nyungne: Buddha's Enlightenment Day Fasting Retreat  

Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13   •   Multiple Sessions (see schedule below)
Free for everyone!
Kadam Matthew Riechers

April 15th is Buddha's Enlightenment Day.

Every year we celebrate this event with the traditional two-day fasting purification known as Nyungne, using the practice called Drop of Essential Nectar. During this practice we emphasize compassion—the essence of enlightenment—by engaging in prostrations to 1,000-Armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Each day will begin with the taking of the eight Mahayana precepts at 7 am. There will be three sessions each day: 7 am, 10:30 am and 3:30 pm Friday/3 pm Saturday. Everyone is welcome to participate, but taking the precepts in the morning is required to participate in later sessions.

For further information about precepts, please read more here.

Friday Sessions:

7 am - 9:30 am • Precepts and first session
10:30 am - 12 pm • Second session*
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm • Third session*

Saturday Sessions:

7 am - 9:30 am • Precepts and first session
10:30 am - 12 pm • Second session*
3 pm - 4:15 pm • Third session*

*Morning precepts required to participate.

General Information:

  • We are located in Boerum Hill at 444 Atlantic Avenue, between Nevins & Bond Streets – a short walk from most major subway lines!

  • All of our programming is suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners – unless otherwise noted.

  • If offered, pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

  • No special clothing is necessary, and we offer both chairs and cushions for sitting.

  • Please try to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class to sign in and get comfortable. We do our best to start and end on time, and your help is appreciated!