Drop of Essential Nectar – Nyungne Fasting Retreat – at the Centre


April 15, 2017 @ 6:30 am – April 16, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Tushita Centre
21 Loch Rd
Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
South Africa
Free (donations welcome)
021 685 3428

1000 arm AvThis special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara.  It 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 blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.

Usually this practice is done over two days, with the eight 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 twenty-four hours.  On both days we do three sessions of the puja Drop of Essential Nectar – one first thing in the morning, one before lunch, and one in the afternoon.  Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the puja on the second day, provided they take the eight Mahayana precepts on that day.

Students may attend both days of the retreat or they may attend on Saturday only, depending on their abilities and preferences.
Please book ahead by email: info@meditateincapetown.org

Customarily students avoid wearing perfume, makeup, and jewellery during this retreat.

Saturday we observe Silence.

Please note that this retreat can be physically quite strenuous at times, especially towards the end of the second day.

On each day, before the break of dawn, we begin by taking the eight Mahayana precepts according to the sadhana entitled A Pure Life and then we begin the first session of the sadhana entitled Drop of Essential Nectar

Sessions are as follows on both days:

6.30am – 7am Precepts*

Followed by:

Session one – 7.15-8.30am
Session two – 10.15-11.30am
Session three – 2.15-3.30pm

*You must attend this session in order to engage in the retreat

Author: Kelsang Pagpa