Drop of Essential Nectar retreat

In honor of Buddha’s Enlightenment Day (April 15th), every year we engage in this special fasting and purification practice of Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of the compassion of all enlightened beings. This practice 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.

On our first day we engage in a partial fast (lunch only). On our second day we do a complete fast (no food or drink), but those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can do a partial fast instead.


Saturday, April 13th, 2019
7:00–7:45 – Mahayana Precepts*
8:00–9:15 – Chanted prayers & meditation
10:30–11:45 – Chanted prayers & meditation
2:00–3:15 – Chanted prayers & meditation

Sunday, April 14th, 2019
7:00–7:45 – Mahayana Precepts*
8:00–9:15 – Chanted prayers & meditation
9:30–12:00 – Normal Sunday prayers & teaching**
1:30–2:45 – Chanted prayers & meditation
3:15–4:30 – Chanted prayers & meditation

*Mahayana Precepts are required in order to attend any of the other sessions in a day
**Heart Jewel and Prayers for World Peace


Cost: $15/day ($10/day members).

Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center is located on Coryell Street between George Street and Main Street, two blocks north of Bridge Street. There is free parking available on the other side of Main Street and starting one block north, on York Street.