GROUP PRAYERS

Everyone is welcome to attend live-streamed chanted prayers! Attend via this Zoom meeting link; contact education@meditateinseattle.org for password. See below for the ongoing schedule; specific dates and times can be found on the online calendar.

Heart Jewel puja Mondays at 5:00pm and Thursdays at 9:30am

Offering to the Spiritual Guide on the 10th and 25th of the month

Long Protector Puja on the 29th of the month (check calendar)

Liberation from Sorrow 24-hour Tara Puja – hosted by Manjushri Centre in the UK, start time 6:00pm PST on the 7th of the month

During Safe Start, the phased reopening of Washington State, chanted prayers will be offered via live-stream.

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

If you’re planning to attend for the first time, please contact us by email or call 206.526.9565 to get access to the building.

Attendance at group prayers is free.

Je Tsongkhapa Statue

Heart Jewel

Je Tsongkhapa

Heart Jewel practice is the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. The first part of the prayers are the Guru Yoga practiced in conjunction with Je Tsongkhapa, in which we purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, and cultivate compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. In the second part we make requests to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to overcome obstacles and create favorable conditions for spiritual practice. The puja includes a 10-minute silent meditation. (1 hour)

This puja is being held several times weekly via live-stream – check Calendar for days and times, and a webinar link.

Wishfulfilling Jewel

Wishfulfilling Jewel is a longer version of Heart Jewel in which we make prayers to create good fortune, remove negativity from our mind and gain positive energy. During this puja, a food offering is made to our Spiritual Guide and the assembly of holy beings (Tsog). (1 hour 15 minutes)

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

Lama Losang Tubwang Dorjechang

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)

Every 10th and 25th of each month (check Calendar for times)

Tara Prayers

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.

Held on the 8th of every month (check calendar for times)

Precepts

Buddha Shakyamuni

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.

Held at 6:30am on the 15th of every month (check Calendar)

Long Protector Puja

Dorje Shugden

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)

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

Powa

Through practicing 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.

Held on a Friday evening each month (check Calendar for dates & times)