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Nyungne Purification Retreat

Self-guided sessions

Saturday, April 17 –

Sunday, April 18

Everyone welcome.

$40 Full weekend
$20 Saturday, April 17 only

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Nyungne is a special fasting and purification retreat which is done in conjunction with the Buddha of Compassion spiritual practice. Through fasting we can understand the sufferings of others and increase our compassion for them, as well as purify our own negative karma. On the first day of the retreat we abstain from all meals except for a vegetarian lunch and drink only water. On the second day we abstain from all food and drink for twenty-four hours.

 

Participants may attend both days of the retreat or they may attend on Saturday only, depending on their abilities and preferences.

 

**In order to take the vows necessary to participate in the retreat, students must attend the 7 am session.

Schedule

Saturday, April 17

7 – 7:45 am: Precepts**
8 – 9:15 am: Session 1
10:15 – 11:30 am: Session 2
2 – 3:15 pm: Session 3

Sunday, April 18

7 – 7:45 am: Precepts**
8 – 9:15 am: Session 1
1 – 2:15 pm: Session 2
3:15 – 4:30 pm: Session 3

Sadhanas: The following prayers are used during this retreat and are available as digital downloads or hard copies through Tharpa.com. Click the link if you’d like to purchase a copy.

Drop of Essential Nectar
A Pure Life

Preparing at Home: Since the retreat is livestream online this year, we have prepared a guide for doing the retreat at home, available for download.
Nyungne at Home Preparation

Nyungne Retreat Session Guide

Freedom from Unhealthy Habits

with Ethel Rackin

Saturday, April 24

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.

 

$25

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Everyone experiences the pain associated with craving and attachment, and many people suffer from some type of addiction. In this workshop we will learn how to recognize and reduce the strong tendencies or bad mental habits that can lead to addiction and cause us to feel trapped, confused and powerless. 
 

  • Where is my craving and attachment coming from?

  • Learn practical methods to gain control over unhealthy thoughts and desires, and replace them with new positive mental habits.

  • Gradually transform our unhealthy habits into the path of spiritual development.

 

Through exploring Buddha’s profound teachings and meditations we can learn how to overcome compulsive ways of thinking and acting that compel us to seek satisfaction from deceptive sources.

 

Schedule

10  – 11:15 am: Teaching with meditation

11:15 – 11:45 pm: Break

11:45 – 1 pm : Teaching with meditation

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, May 1

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.

$25

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

A Buddhist Perspective on Death & Dying to Help Ourselves and Others.

Buddha taught practices to transform every facet of our lives into the spiritual path. Did you know he also taught how to transform death and dying? In this unusual course we will learn to demystify and remove fear from the process of dying, and how to use the death process to propel our mind into a pure and peaceful state of existence. 

This course will also offer advice on how to help others maintain a peaceful and positive mind, freedom from fear, and to move their mind towards enlightenment as they navigate the death process. 

Schedule

10 – 11:15 am: Teaching with meditation 

11:15 – 11:45 pm: Break

11:45 – 1 pm: Teaching with meditation 

New World New Beginnings

with Matt Stein

Saturday, May 8

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.

$25

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

What can I do about the problems of the world? How can I respond to the pain and suffering in my heart, and that I see all around me?

At a time where the uncertainty and chaos of life can feel overwhelming, the world needs people who are dedicated to their spiritual development for the benefit of others.

This type of person is called a Bodhisattva. A Bodhisattva is someone who is dedicated to the service of others, and recognizes that authentic change begins within. In particular, a Bodhisattva is motivated by a wish to reach their highest spiritual potential for the benefit of all beings. Each of us can use our life to train in becoming this kind of extraordinary individual, a person absolutely determined to effect deep and authentic changes in their own heart for the benefit of the entire world.

Schedule

10 – 11:15 am: Teaching with meditation 

11:15 – 11:45 pm: Break

11:45 – 1 pm: Teaching with meditation 

Renewing the World: The Power of Pure Imagination

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, May 15

Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Everyone welcome.

$25

Included in the cost is an optional Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat on May 17 - 20.

Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

 

 

A mandala is a traditional offering created through the power of imagination. The entire universe is visualized as transformed into a pure land, and then mentally offered to the Buddhas. A beautiful and creative practice, it is an extraordinary method for generating positive energy and good fortune.

For successful meditation and authentic spiritual development, it is vital that we learn to open a window into our mind through which the inspiration and energy of the holy beings can enter. 

 

This course will introduce the practice of making mandala offerings and show how to integrate the practice into our spiritual life.

 

These teachings are followed by an optional Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat, May 17 – 20

 

Schedule

Session 1 • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Session 2 • 12:45 am – 2:00 pm

Guru Yoga Mandala Offering Retreat

Self-guided sessions

Monday, May 17 –

Thursday, May 20

Everyone welcome.

$5 for non-members

Free for members

Retreat is included in the cost for those attending the May 15th course Renewing the World: The Power of Pure Imagination.

Making mandala offerings is a creative practice that harnesses our pure imagination and our good heart. These offerings are a powerful method to accumulate a vast collection of merit or positive energy.  Merit is the main cause of all of our success in daily life and in our spiritual practice.

 

This retreat will focus on making many mandala offerings, creating a vast collection of merit and ensuring our future success and happiness. 

Retreat sessions are self-guided based on teachings from “Renewing the World: The Power of Pure Imagination" on Saturday, May 15.

 

This is a live streaming online class only. 

 

Schedule

Monday, May 17 – Wednesday, May 19

7:00 am, 12 noon, 5:15 pm

Thursday 5/20

7:00 am, 12 noon

Solving Our Human Problems

with Rob Kelly
 

Saturday, May 22
Time: 10 – 11 am

Everyone welcome.

 

$10

Free for members

Registration coming soon.

Join us for a class that explores solutions to our daily problems and difficulties, using Buddha’s teachings to change our world by changing our mind. 

 

This class will be based on the book How to Solve Our Human Problems by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which is available here in e-book, paperback, and audiobook formats.

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"WHEN THE TURBULENCE OF DISTRACTING THOUGHTS SUBSIDES AND OUR MIND BECOMES STILL, A DEEP HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT NATURALLY ARISE
FROM WITHIN."

— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from the book The New Meditation Handbook

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Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center

Modern Buddhism and Meditation for Everyone
54 Coryell Street, Lambertville NJ 08530

Tel 609.397.4828

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