This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part of the practice, 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 our meditation on Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. After the meditation, we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugdän. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma realizations.
About 1 hour ~ Contains time for silent meditation. Wishfulfilling Jewel is done with a tsog offering and lasts 1 hour. Melodious Drum is done with tsog offering and lasts 3.5 hours.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG)
Held on 10th and 25th day each month. Check the 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, as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra. By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power naturally increase. This practice includes a tsog offering - please bring a food offering with you if you wish. (2 hours)
Green Tara Puja
Held the on the 8th of the month - check the calendar for time
Tara is a female enlightened being, whose name means Liberator, and who is known for her swift compassionate actions. Like an enlightened mother, she protects us from the cycle of negativity and harm, and guides us in the direction of wisdom and compassion. By showing us the path to freedom that lies within our own mind, she gives us the ability to overcome obstacles, and the keys to unlock our full potential. Everyone is welcome and invited to join us for Tara's chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow. ~ 1 hour
Powa - Prayers for the recently deceased
Held once a month, check the calendar for date and time
Powa, or transference of consciousness, is a profound method for transferring the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of Buddha. After a person dies and before they take their next rebirth, there is an opportunity for those who have some connection with them to guide their consciousness' away from the painful rebirths of samsara and into the pure lands, worlds created by minds experiencing things in a pure way.
Powa Ceremony, a beautiful and powerful ritual practice drawn from the Buddhist tantras, enables us to benefit the deceased by coming together as a group and making prayers and offerings on their behalf. Then, through the power of our compassionate intention, strong prayer, and concentration on the practice, we transfer the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of the Buddha of Compassion so that they will experience a pure and lasting peace and finally be freed from the painful cycling of suffering and it's causes.
Everyone is welcome. Please Bring offering of food or flowers if you wish.
Prayers for Healing
Medicine Buddha is a Buddha Doctor whose function is to release living beings from outer and inner sickness by bestowing blessings upon them. By relying on Medicine Buddha sincerely, we can be cured of heavy physical and mental disease, find release from the internal pain of the three poisons—attachment, anger and ignorance—and receive protection from many other dangers and obstacles. In addition, 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, as presented in this Medicine Buddha Prayer.
Prayers for Compassion
Avalokiteshvara is an enlightened being who is a manifestation of all Buddhas' compassion. By relying sincerely on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, and reciting his mantra with strong faith, temporarily we will improve our realizations of all the stages of the path, especially our realization of great compassion, and ultimately we will attain supreme Buddhahood in Avalokiteshvara's Pure Land. This prayer focuses on the Four-armed aspect of Avalokiteshvara. It is very blessed. Our experiences of compassion will increase through relying upon these prayers.
Prayers to Remove Obstacles
Everyone wishes to be happy, yet, again and again we find that our attainment of happiness is frustrated by obstacles or hindrances—both external and internal. During the times when our mind is filled with negative thoughts and delusions, such as attachment, anger, and ignorance, we experience harm and suffering. We are prevented from maintaining a peaceful mind, and also whatever happiness we may have gained is destroyed. We will engage in a special method for averting and overcoming hindrances in general and delusions in particular through the recitation and contemplation of the Essence of Wisdom Sutra, or Heart Sutra. We can do these prayers for our own sake or for the benefit of others.
Feel free to join us for any of these chanted meditations.
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