Daily Prayers and Meditation
Pujas (chanted prayers with meditations) are an important component of training in a spiritual life.
They help us to still our mind, connect with enlightened beings, and receive blessings.
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 food offerings (tsog), and bi-monthly Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG) with food offerings.
In addition, we do some prayers on a monthly basis, such as Tara Prayers, Prayers for the Deceased (Powa), and Melodious Drum (Kangso). Prayer and Meditation Practices Daily
Held often. (Please check calendar for exact dates and times). This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. This prepares our mind for a twenty-minute meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment. After the meditation we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, 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. (45 minutes)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
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. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (2 hours)
Held weekly, 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 with you if you wish. Check calendar for schedule. (1 hour.)
Long Protector Puja:
Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions
Sometimes 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 with you if you wish. (3.5 hours, you are welcome to attend in part.)
Green Tara- Liberation from Sorrow
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)
Prayers for the Deceased – Powa
Held every month (check calendar for exact dates and times). 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. (30 minutes)
Held every Wednesday morning. (check calendar for exact dates and times)
We have the opportunity to purify our negativities completely by engaging in purification, the root of future happiness and spiritual realizations. One of the most powerful purification practices is the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps, also known as The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls. In this practice, we visualize the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas and practise purification in their presence. Through the power of their blessings and prayers, we can swiftly purify even the heaviest negative actions simply by faithfully reciting their names.
Please check the online calendar for specific dates and times.
Everyone is welcome to come to any of these pujas free of charge.