Friday & Saturday, April 14 & 15 | 6:30am–3pm
This special fasting and purification practice is traditionally done by Kadampa Centers worldwide leading up to and on Buddha’s Enlightenment day, which is celebrated on April 15.
We spend two days with Thousand-Armed (eleven-faced) Avalokiteshvara – “Mahakaruna” – the nature of our Guru’s great compassion, making exquisite offerings, praises, and prostrations and thereby accumulate huge merit, purify vast negativity for ourselves and others and receive the most powerful blessing to propel ourself swiftly along our path to enlightenment.
Wrapped within the practice of Mahayana Precepts, it involves fasting and making three sessions of prostrations, with the sadhana “Drop of Essential Nectar”. On the first day participants eat only one simple meal at lunchtime, along with taking the other commitments of the Eight Mahayana Precepts. Additionally the second day is accompanied by a full fast, with no food or liquids for 24 hours. Although strongly recommended, this complete fast on the second day is not compulsory.
Everyone is welcome to join us for this special retreat.
You do not have to attend both days. You may attend either day but to attend any session you do need to attend the first session at 6:30am. In order to engage in the sessions each day, you must take precepts in the morning at the 6:30am session. If you have not taken precepts before, please click here to learn about the commitments of precepts.
Session times for both days:
Session One: 6:30–8:30am
Session Two: 10:45am–12pm
Session Three: 1:45–3pm
About the Teacher
Gen Kelsang Norden is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. Gen Norden has been an ordained Buddhist nun since 1994 and has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in the US and the UK for over 25 years. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy the precious dharma of Modern Buddhism with such an experienced practitioner.
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April 14 th & OR 15th
6:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia
741 Edgewood Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
We care about your safety and well-being!
Here is a list of COVID-19 prevention measures currently in place at KMC Georgia:
- According to the newly updated CDC guidelines, masking indoors is optional but recommended for those who are not vaccinated.
- We have a UV air purifier running at all times inside the main meditation room. All doors to the main meditation room will remain open during class to encourage air flow.
- Chairs in the meditation rooms are set up to encourage social distancing. If you don't feel comfortable sitting in the main meditation room, you may sit in the smaller meditation room or in the reception/cafe area, where we have a TV monitor link and audio. If you are in the café area, you may still watch the class through the open glass doors.
- We offer hand sanitizer to all our guests and volunteers, and sanitize all high touch areas before every class.