a purifying ritual practice
13 – 15 April 2018
Introductory talk with Gen Kelsang Devi
Friday 13 April 7.30pm
This is not a strict silent retreat and the prayers are chanted in English. The sessions are unguided after the initial introduction.
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.
- Premium Single Room: 150€
- Single Room: 120€
- Shared Room: 84€
- Dormitory: 62€ please bring a sleeping bag (pillowcase and fitted sheet are provided)
Arrival at Tharpaland: Registration opens on Friday 13th April at 4.30pm and the retreat ends on Sunday 15th April.