Compassion Fasting Retreat

This special fasting and purification retreat is performed in conjunction with Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma, pacifying strong delusions, receiving blessings, and increasing our love, compassion and Bodhichitta. In this retreat we make many effective prayers for all suffering to completely cease.

PLEASE NOTE: It is necessary to take precepts in the morning to participate in any of the retreat sessions each day. The retreat sessions will not be recorded.

Friday introduction session is beginner-friendly.

Registration Details

Cost: $10 Friday, $25 Saturday, or $30 full retreat; free for Members and Benefactors!
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Free for Members and Benefactors: With your membership or trial membership, you will receive all links to regular events (excluding special events with visiting teachers or the Midwest Dharma Celebration, which require separate registration).

This event will not be recorded. You must attend while it is being livestreamed.

Please review our terms and conditions before registering. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most benefit from our livestream classes.  Please note that registration closes one hour before each class starts to allow for time to get people the link in a timely manner and prepare for the livestream class.

Register in 3 Easy Steps!

1. Click the Register button.
2. Follow the instructions and make your payment. You will be taken to a PayPal page where you can use a credit/debit card or your PayPal account.
3. Watch for the livestream link to be emailed 45-60 minutes before class starts. (If you do not receive the link, email [email protected].)

Hourly Schedule

Friday, April 16

7 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday, April 17

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Session 1
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session 2
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Session 3
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Friday - Saturday April 16 - 17 2021


  • Gen Kelsang Gomlam
    Gen Kelsang Gomlam

    Gen Kelsang Gomlam is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Madison and Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s representative in Madison. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Kadam Dharma for many years. Gen Gomlam’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone.