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Thu, Apr 14


Oak Park & Live Stream

• Nyungnay: Compassion & Fasting Retreat

Apr 14 Introduction; April 15 & 16 Retreat | A special fasting and purification practice done on Buddha's Enlightenment Day that purifies negative karma and pacifies strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred.

• Nyungnay: Compassion & Fasting Retreat
• Nyungnay: Compassion & Fasting Retreat

Time & Location

Apr 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – Apr 16, 2022, 5:00 PM

Oak Park & Live Stream, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA


This special fasting and purification practice is traditionally done by Kadampa Centers worldwide on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, which is celebrated on April 15. The practice is performed in conjunction with prayers to the Buddha of Compassion, 1000-Armed Avalokiteshvara, and is very powerful in purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind as well as pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and the supreme good heart of bodhichitta. 

Please note: Attendance at Precepts at 6:45am is required on each day you plan to attend retreat sessions.

What to Expect


At 6:45am each morning of this retreat, we take Precepts, a traditional ceremony in which we set the compassionate intention to refrain from harming ourself or others for a period of 24 hours.   


We also fast from food, eating at most only lunch on each day. (One may have water all day.)  This moral discipline creates the foundation for effective and powerful purification during the retreat sessions, therefore attendance at Precepts is required each morning you plan to participate in the retreat. 

Retreat Sessions

We will be chanting a special prayer called Drop of Essential Nectar to 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara. Within that prayer, we will collectively make physical or mental prostrations on behalf of all living beings for about 20 minutes while chanting a verse of praise to Avalokiteshvara. Comfortable clothing is recommended.


😊 Oak Park (in person)

🕙 Live online

❌️ Not recorded


Friday evening introduction: Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher


This event will make use of the following resource(s). Copies of these prayers will be available to borrow while at the center, and copies are also available for purchase. You can also click any title below for more information, or to order it as a printed, audio, or e-book directly from Tharpa Publications.



Each ticket includes livestream links for the entire retreat, so you can mix between the two. Please register for each day you plan to attend in person, so we can be sure to save space for you.


  • 1 hour 30 minutes

    Introduction to Nyungnay Compassion & Fasting Retreat

    Oak Park & Livestream

  • 30 minutes

    Precepts (attendance is required to participate in any retreat session(s) today)

    Oak Park & Livestream
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  • SAT Retreat - In Person

    also includes livestream links for the full retreat

  • Online: Thu, Fri, and/or Sat

    available live only - not recorded




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