Chanted prayers (pujas)

Heart Jewel Prayers | Sundays 9am, Weds.6 pm

Heart Jewel: Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the condensed sadhana of his Dharma Protector.  Includes 20 minutes to meditate on Lamrim and Mahamudra.   By relying upon this practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. In this way, we will naturally accomplish all the realizations of the stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra, and in particular we will attain a very special Dharma wisdom.

Sundays 9am, Wednesdays 6pm.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja | 10th & 25th of each month

 

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

 

The practice of relying upon a Spiritual Guide, or ‘Guru Yoga’, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.

In Kadampa Buddhism, Guru Yoga is practiced in association with Je Tsongkhapa, an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

The principal Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa is Offering to the Spiritual Guide, which is an extensive practice that is usually performed twice a month, on the 10th and 25th days, at Kadampa Buddhist centers.

It was compiled by the first Panchen Lama, Losang Chökyi Gyaltsän, as a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra.

Although the main practice is reliance upon the Spiritual Guide, it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.

Guru yoga is a special method for receiving the blessings of our Spiritual Guide. Here, the term ‘Guru’ does not imply that our Spiritual Guide should be Indian. Our Spiritual Guide is any spiritual Teacher who sincerely leads us into spiritual paths by giving correct instructions.

Thus our Spiritual Guide can be oriental or western, lay or ordained, male or female. These days, for example, it is quite possible to meet a Spiritual Guide who is a western lay female. The term ‘yoga’ in this context indicates a special way of viewing our Spiritual Guide.

To find out more about this practice, see the book Great Treasury of Merit.

Medicine Buddha: First Sunday of Each Month 9-10am (Everyone Welcome)

Please join us for Chanted Prayers
Medicine Buddha Prayers:  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 upon Medicine Buddha sincerely, living beings in these impure times can be cured of heavy physical and mental disease, and find release from the internal pain of the three poisons; attachment, anger, and ignorance.  Moreover, by practicing the sadhana of Medicine Buddha sincerely, we receive a special power of body, speech, and mind, which we can use to help others through healing actions.
We will recite the beautiful Medicine Buddha Prayers the first Sunday of each month from 9-10am.  EVERYONE WELCOME!

Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja

*Wishfulfilling Jewel sadhana includes two practices revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. The first is a special Guru yoga in which we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa, who himself is a manifestation of Manjushri. By relying upon this practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings.  The second practice is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugdän. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realizations.

Tsog’ means ‘collection’ and when we make Tsog offerings we do them collectively, as a group. During a Tsog puja we arrange a table of food and drinks – making it look as beautiful as we can. We imagine that we are preparing a banquet of delight for the holy beings to enjoy. We then invite the holy beings to the place of offerings and imagine they enjoy this blissful banquet. Afterwards, we enjoy the Tsog offerings with our Spiritual friends. These Tsog puja’s are a great way to get to know your Spiritual friends and to feel a part of a Spiritual Community. Please bring an offering of your own to add to the table – any vegetarian food or drink that you feel is beautiful. (No meat or alcohol please.) FREE