Chanted prayers (or Pujas) are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to still our mind, connect with enlightened beings, and receive blessings.

Below is a list of the pujas we practice together at the center. Please check the Calendar for current schedule. Everyone welcome!

HEART JEWEL & WISHFULFILLING JEWEL

Heart Jewel:

Mondays Thursdays | 5:45-6:45PM

Fridays | 7:30-8:30AM

Wishfufilling Jewel: Sundays 6:15-7:15PM

The heart practice of Kadampa Buddhism. In this practice, we make special prayers to Je Tsongkhapa, one of our principle lineage teachers, as well as our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. Includes time for silent meditation.

 

 

OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE

10th and 25th of every month. Check calendar for times

This is a special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra that is a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra. The main practice is relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path and training the mind. By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase.

 

PRAYERS TO GREEN TARA

8th of the month. Check calendar for times

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 obstacles and fulfill our wishes. Everyone is welcome and invited to join us for Tara’s chanted prayer practice Liberation from Sorrow.

 

 

 

Quick Path to Great Bliss

For HYT practitioners only | Select Saturday afternoons

The extensive self-generation practice of Vajrayogini, the female Buddha who is the manifestation of the wisdom of all Buddhas.

 

 

POWA CEREMONY 

Check calendar for dates and times

Through practicing transference of consciousness known as Powa with faith, compassion and concentration we can transfer the consciousness of those recently deceased to a higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha. The Powa Ceremony can be done either in a group or individually on behalf of one or countless deceased beings. By engaging in this practice we also create a great collection of virtue, which will lead us into the pathway to a Buddha’s Pure Land.

 

 

MEDICINE BUDDHA Prayers

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Medicine Buddha is a Buddha Doctor who helps relieve mental and physical suffering by bestowing blessings. By sincerely relying upon Medicine Buddha, living beings in these impure times can be relieved of physical and mental pain. By practicing the Medicine Buddha Sadhana sincerely, we receive a special power of body, speech and mind, which we can then use to help others through healing actions.

 

 

MELODIOUS DRUM

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. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. This practice includes a Tsog offering so bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. Melodious Drum puja is recommended for experienced practitioners. On or close to the 29th of each month. (3.5 hours)