Buddha's Enlightenment Day
Purification & Fasting Retreat

April 12th - 15th

with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

In celebration of Buddha’s Enlightenment Day we will engage in a special purification practice emphasizing compassion for all living beings. The retreat involves two days of fasting and prostrations. This is a very powerful retreat for purifying negative karma, pacifying strong delusions, receiving blessings, and increasing our love, compassion and bodhichitta.

This practice is done over two days, with the eight Mahayana precepts being taken at the beginning of each day at 6:30am. It is necessary to take the eight Mahayana precepts each morning in order to engage in the practice. On the first day, we abstain from all meals apart from a simple, vegetarian lunch. On the second day, we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for twenty-four hours. On both days, we do three sessions of the puja - one first thing in the morning following the eight Mahayana precepts, one before lunch, and one late in the afternoon. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can participate in the puja on the second day only (Sunday), provided they take the eight Mahayana precepts that day. 

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Gen-la Jampa is an internationally renowned Buddhist ordained teacher, the Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) and the Resident Teacher of the IKRC Grand Canyon. As a senior teacher of the NKT, Gen-la Jampa has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years and under his guidance has taught at many centers and events internationally. Gen-la is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness. 



$15 Friday Night Only
Free Saturday - Monday


Onsite accommodation & meals are available.








International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Road, Williams, AZ 86046

Retreat Schedule

Friday, April 12th
7:30pm-9pm: Teaching with Gen-la Jampa


Saturday, April 13th

6:30am  (precepts)

7:30am – 8:45am: Session 1

11am - 12:15am: Session 2

4pm - 5:15pm: Session 3

7:30pm Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog

Sunday, April 14th

6:30am  (precepts)

7:30am – 8:45am: Session 4

11am - 12:15pm: Session 5

4pm - 5:15pm: Session 6

7:30pm Heart Jewel Prayers

Monday, April 15th
Buddha's Enlightenment Day

7:00pm Offering to the
Spiritual Guide

6701 East Mountain Ranch Road

Williams, AZ  86046

Tel: (928) 637-6232