Fri 17 Apr - Sat 18 Apr
with Gen Sanden

Location: Commercial Drive · Kadampa Meditation Centre - Vancouver 1833 Victoria Diversion

Cost: $20 per day, free for members

This profound practice of purification is a fasting retreat, practiced only once a year in conjunction with prayers to thousand armed Avalokiteshvara. This beautiful practice gives us the opportunity to purify negative karma and develop profound compassion – two very necessary components of the path to enlightenment.

Friday sessions:

Precepts  6:30 am – 6:55 am
Session 1  7:00 am – 8:15 am
Session 2  9:30 am – 10:45 am
Precepts lunch  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Session 3  2:00 pm – 3:15 am

Saturday sessions:
Precepts  6:30 am – 6:55 am
Session 1  7:00 am – 8:15 am
If not doing full fast eat precepts food 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Session 2  1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Session 3  2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

It’s your choice to attend both days or either day individually. You must take Mahayana precepts at 6:30am each day. If you have received these before you can do them at home.

Please read before attending

The first day we try to eat a simple precepts meal from noon to 1pm (provided by donation of $5 per person). Traditionally on the second day of the retreat we abstain from all food and also water! (this is optional and not recommended if we have any activities to do besides engage in the retreat).

If you haven’t taken precepts before, it is good to know that we are meant to minimize our non-spiritual activities on such days and in particular wear no scented products, eat at most one simple meal (with no meat, eggs, no garlic, onions or peppers) during the day between noon and 1pm, abstain from singing, dancing, and wearing jewellery.

All these restrictions are to help us reduce our attachment to samsara. Generally we refrain from following delusions throughout the day as best we are able, thus keeping as pure a mind as possible for the whole day each day that we participate.


Please arrive early for classes, preferably at least 15 minutes, to facilitate check in and get seated.  Also, please help us keep the air we share healthy and come to classes fragrance free.


Cost: $20 per day, free for members

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