This is a special fasting and purification retreat in conjunction with the practice of Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara.
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. Please see the Pure Life sadhana for more infomation, or ask our Education Program Coordinator, Mary.
During a retreat we reduce our normal worldly activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within. You are welcome to drop in for any or all of the retreat sessions and there is no charge. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special opportunity.
There are three sessions a day. Each session lasts for one and a quarter hours and consists of chanted prayers sung in English and silent meditation.
Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre
2c/34 Tallebudgera Creek Rd
Dates & Times
Fri 5 – Sun 7 April
There are three sessions, come to any or all sessions. Please click through to view session times.
Fee & Bookings
There is no charge for the retreat and no need to book.