This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of the compassion of all enlightened beings. 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.
During our first day of the retreat we eat only lunch, and abstain from foods such as alcohol, meat, eggs, onion, garlic, and spices. On the second day, we abstain from all food and drink. Those who are not able to do a complete fast on their second day can repeat what they did on the first.
Friday–Saturday, April 13–14, 2018
7:00–7:45 am – Mahayana Precepts*
8:00–9:30 am – Chanted prayers and meditation
10:30–12:00 pm – Chanted prayers and meditation
2:00–3:30 pm – Chanted prayers and meditation
* Mahayana Precepts required in order to attend any of the other sessions in a day