Special Buddhist Events, Meditation Workshops, Day Courses, and Retreats

Apr 15-16 ~ Purification & Fasting Retreat

Nyungnay 2017

April 15-16th

April 15th is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. We celebrate this special day by engaging in the blessed prayers of Offering to the Spiritual Guide and a two day fasting & purification retreat.

This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Drop of Essential Nectar. 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. You are welcome to attend any and all days of the event.

If this will be your first purification retreat, please email rt@meditationinarizona.org for details and information about the retreat.



Saturday, April 15th (Partial Fast)
*6:30am Precepts
(You must attend this session to participate in the subsequent sessions.)
7:30am Session 1
10:30am Session 2
2:30pm Session 3
6:30pm Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers

Sunday, April 16th (Full Fast)
*6:30am Precepts
(You must attend this session to participate in the subsequent sessions.)
7:30am Session 1
(10am Prayers for World Peace)
12pm Session 2
2:30pm Session 3

Registration opens March 1516th
Member Cost: $15 per day. Not possible to break up individual sessions. Free for Monthly Supporting, Foundation & Benefactor Members.


The following excerpts about the life of Buddha are taken from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, Introduction to Buddhism:

Siddhartha then made his way to a place near Bodh Gaya in India, where he found a suitable site for meditation. There he remained, emphasizing a meditation called “space-like concentration on the Dharmakaya” in which he focused single-pointedly on the ultimate nature of all phenomena.

After training in this meditation for six years he realized that he was very close to attaining full enlightenment, and so he walked to Bodh Gaya where, on the full moon day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, he seated himself beneath the Bodhi Tree in the meditation posture and vowed not to rise from meditation until he had attained perfect enlightenment. With this determination he entered the space-like concentration on the Dharmakaya.

As dusk fell, Devaputra Mara, the chief of all the demons, or maras, in this world, tried to disturb Siddhartha’s concentration by conjuring up many fearful apparitions. He manifested hosts of terrifying demons, some throwing spears, some firing arrows, some trying to burn him with fire, and some hurling boulders and even mountains at him.

Through the force of his concentration, the weapons, rocks, and mountains appeared to him as a rain of fragrant flowers, and the raging fires became like offerings of rainbow lights.

Seeing that Siddhartha could not be frightened into abandoning his meditation, Devaputra Mara tried instead to distract him by manifesting countless beautiful women, but Siddhartha responded by developing even deeper concentration.

In this way he triumphed over all the demons of this world, which is why he subsequently became known as a “Conqueror Buddha.”

Siddhartha then continued with his meditation until dawn, when he attained the varja-like concentration. With this concentration, which is the very last mind of a limited being, he removed the final veils of ignorance from his mind and in the next moment became a Buddha, a fully enlightened being.