Daily Prayers and Meditation
Chanted prayers with meditations (called “pujas”) are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to still our mind, connect with enlightened beings, receive blessings, and meditate well.
Everyone is welcome to come to any of these chanted prayers with meditations free of charge.
Our primary daily practice is Heart Jewel, combined with meditations on the stages of the path (Lamrim) and Mahamudra. We also have weekly Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog offerings (food), and bi-monthly Offering to the Spiritual Guide with such offerings. In addition, we do some prayers on a monthly basis, such as Tara Puja (chanted prayers), Prayers for the Deceased (Powa – Transference of Consciousness), and Long Protector Puja (Kangso or Melodious Drum).
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This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part we view our Spiritual Guide as the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity and obstructions, accumulate merit (good fortune or karma), and receive blessings or inspiration. This prepares our mind for a fifteen-minute meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment and a Mahamudra meditation.
In the second part we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. Through this we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma realizations. (60 minutes, includes a period of silent meditation).
Held on the 10th and 25th of the month (check calendar for exact dates and times). This is a special chanted prayer requesting our Spiritual Guide to increase our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power, which includes all the Buddhist stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. Followed by a party! (2 hours)
Held almost each week, on Mondays in January 2017 at 7pm, this practice is similar to Heart Jewel (see above), but with longer prayers to our Dharma Protector. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (1 hour.)
Long Protector Puja:
Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions
Held around the 29th of the month (check calendar for exact dates and times). This monthly practice consists principally of prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from attaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (3.5 hours, you are welcome to attend in part.)
Held on the 8th of the month (check calendar for exact dates and times). At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the 8th of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha whose name means ‘Rescuer’. She is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. Everyone is welcome and invited to join us for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow. (1 hour)
Held every month (check calendar for exact dates and times) and guided by Malerie Bleich. The purpose of this practice is to lead countless deceased beings to the Pure Land of Buddha. By engaging in this practice, we create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to the Pure Land of a Buddha. Please let us know if a loved one has died and we can do this practice for them. (30 minutes)
Eight Mahayana Precepts – A Pure Life
Usually held on the 15th of the month (check calendar for exact date and time). The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with a strong motivation to benefit others. In this practice, we take eight precepts and vow to keep them purely for a period of 24 hours. In doing so, we acquaint ourseves with the practice of pure moral discipline and thereby make our human life meaningful. (45 minute ceremony, vows observed all day.)
Please check the online calendar for specific dates and times.
Everyone is welcome to come to any of these pujas free of charge.