Sometimes it is helpful to do a meditation retreat. This can just be one day, or a weekend, or longer if you have the time. On a retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasize a particular spiritual practice.
NYUNGE Purification Retreat
15-16 April Weekend
Every year, to celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, we engage in the practice of 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara, called Drop of Essential Nectar. It is a wonderful meditation on love and compassion, and a deeply effective prayer for world peace. This practice is very beneficial for purifying negative karma and for pacifying delusions.
Each day of the retreat begins at 6.30am when we take the Mahayana Precepts, promising not to engage in negative actions of body, speech and mind for the whole day. We limit our intake of food and drink, with the intention of purifying our negative karma. Each of us does this according to our capacity. Then, we engage in three rounds of prayers, prostrations and mantra recitations.