Group Prayers

Everyone is welcome to our group chanted prayers, or Puja in Sanskrit. These are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help to still our mind, connect with the Buddhas, and receive blessings. Below is the list of the group prayer sessions we practice together at the Center. All pujas are chanted in English. Beginners are welcome!

If you have any questions about what to expect, please contact us. Please refer to the calendar for dates and times.

All group prayers are free of charge.

 

Dorje Shugden

WISHFULFILLING JEWEL

Monday-Saturday (check calendar for times)

By engaging in the Guru Yoga practiced in conjunction with Je Tsongkhapa we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, and attain a very special compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. By relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions. These two practices are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. This puja includes a 10-minute silent meditation. (1 hour)


Je Tsongkhapa

OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE

Every 10th and 25th of the month (check calendar for 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. For tsog pujas, we gather together to pray and make special offerings. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (2 hours)


Green Tara

TARA PUJA: LIBERATION FROM SORROW

Every 8th of the month (check calendar for times)

Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Her name means “Rescuer” because she rescues us from all outer and inner fears. Ultimately she rescues us from all suffering and guides us to full enlightenment. Like a mother she protects us from all internal and external dangers; she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path. These prayers include praises to the twenty-one manifestations of Tara.


Avalokiteshvara

POWA

Check calendar for times

Through practising 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 by a group of practitioners or individually on behalf of one or more deceased persons, or countless deceased beings. By engaging in this practice we also create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to a Buddha’s Pure Land.


Buddha Shakyamuni

PRECEPTS

Every 15th of the month at 6:30AM (check calendar for times)
The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta motivation – the supreme good heart. The essence of the practice is to take eight precepts – promising to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions: (1) killing, (2) stealing, (3) sexual activity, (4) lying, (5) taking intoxicants, (6) eating after lunch, (7) sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats, and (8) wearing ornaments, perfume, singing and dancing and so forth – and to keep them purely for this period of time.


Dorje Shugden

LONG PROTECTOR PRAYERS

Every 29th of the month (check calendar for times)

This is a monthly practice of making offerings and requesting the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, to remove obstacles and to gather all favorable conditions for our spiritual practice. This practice includes a tsog offering. For tsog pujas, we gather together to pray and make special offerings. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (3.5 hours)


Avalokiteshvara

AVALOKITESHVARA PUJA

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All ages are welcome! 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.


Vajrayogini

VAJRAYOGINI PUJAS

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Dakini Yoga, Quick Path to Great Bliss and Vajrayogini Self Initiation (VYSI)* are all practices associated with the female wisdom Buddha Vajrayogini. In order to attend these practices, practitioners need to first receive Highest Yoga Tantra (HYT) empowerments. If you have questions about these practices or would like information on receiving HYT empowerments, please ask.

*In order to attend VYSI, practitioners must also have completed a Vajrayogini close retreat.