PRAYERS (PUJAS) and SPECIAL EVENTS
Daily, Weekly & Monthly Buddhist Chanted Prayers.
Chanted Prayers, known in Sanskrit as "pujas.”
Using ancient prayers translated into English, we receive the blessings, protection and guidance of the holy beings. We can make requests for ourselves or for others who need help or protection. These spiritual practices create a strong connection with the Buddhas, and help us purify our negativity and fill our mind with merit, or positive energy.
Prayers are free and open to everyone.
Please check the calendar for daily prayer timesor click on the links to the right for more information about individual prayers.
HEART JEWEL PUJA:
The daily puja at Kadampa Buddhist Centers worldwide is Heart Jewel, which is a Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the condensed sadhana of his Dharma Protector and a short meditation on Lamrim.
GREEN TARA PUJA, Liberation from Sorrow,
Performed on the 8th of each month
The Tara Puja includes a special prayer Praises to the Twenty-one Taras composed by Buddha. Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. She protects us from all internal and external dangers, she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and she guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.
OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE PUJA
Twice a month, on the 10th and 25tt
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 performed at Kadampa Buddhist centers worldwide.
Meditation and Recitation of Solitary Vajrasattva Puja
Purification Practice Mondays 6:00-6:30pm
Vajrasattva is the Buddha of purification. Through purifying our negativity, our mind will gradually become happier, our good qualities will increase, and all our mental and physical problems will gradually disappear. Through our relationship with Buddha Vajrasattva we can remove the bad habits in our mind that cause our problems.
Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja (with Meditation or with Tsog)
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. In this way, we shall naturally accomplish all the realizations of the stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra, and in particular we shall attain a very special Dharma wisdom.
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 favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realizations.
Medicine Buddha Puja
The method for making requests to the Assembly of Seven Medicine Buddhas. 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.
Prayers For World Peace
Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion
In these morning prayers we create the causes to experience internal and external peace. The chanted prayer, or "Puja", that will be done will be Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
POWA Ceremony - Prayers for the Deceased
Once a month on a Friday and by request
The practice of transference of consciousness, POWA Ceremony, is done on behalf of one or more deceased persons, or countless deceased beings. We perform this Powa Practice on behalf of those who have recently died, traditionally within forty-nine days of their death.
KANGSO: Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions
29th of the Month
The extensive fulfilling and restoring ritual of the Dharma Protector, the great king Dorje Shugdän, in conjunction with Mahakala, Kalarupa, Kalindewi, and other Dharma Protectors. These are extensive prayers to help us gain good fortune, remove negativity from our mind & gain positive energy. During the prayers we make offerings of food (tsog) to our Spiritual Guide as someone who protects our progress on the spiritual path.
See calendar for current dates & times, details and other Chanted Prayers.