Chanted Meditations (pujas)
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Chanted meditations sessions or chanted prayers are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience.
Chanted prayers (or ‘Puja’ in Sanskrit) are an important element of our spiritual training.
They help to still our mind and receive blessings from enlightened beings in order to create the best internal conditions for our meditation practice to bear fruit. These ancient prayers translated into English and many other languages, these practices help us to heal and purify our minds and fill them with positive energy.
Chanted prayers also help us create a direct connection with enlightened beings so that we can receive their guidance and protection as we travel along the spiritual path.
Ceremony for the Deceased (Powa)
Powa Ceremony, also known as the practice of transference of consciousness, is performed each month at our Centre on behalf of those who have recently died, traditionally within forty-nine days of their death. Through doing Powa practice 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. Everyone is welcome.
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.
Daily Prayers & Meditation - Heart Jewel
Mon-Fri | 9am – 10am
Heart Jewel practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part of this practice, we visualize Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity and accumulate merit. This prepares our mind for a period of silent meditation on the Lamrim, or stages of the path. The second part of this practice contains prayers to the wisdom Buddha and Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, to help us overcome obstacles to our practice.
Prayers for Swift Protection - Arya Tara
8th of every month
Tara is an enlightened Buddha, and her name means ‘Rescuer.’ She is considered the Spiritual Mother of all the Buddhas. There are many previous accounts of Tara protecting and averting dangers and obstacles, and even today people who rely sincerely upon her will definitely receive her direct care, guidance, and protection. The chanted practice of Tara helps calm our mind, brings inner peace. We can also dedicate this practice to the benefit of others, especially those who are close to us.
Everyone is welcome to join us in these beautiful prayers and meditations. This practice is called “Liberation from Sorrow” and printed prayer booklets are provided to follow along with.
We do Tara puja on the 8th of every month. Please check the monthly calendar for times
Monthly Food Offering Prayers - Offering to The Spiritual Guide
10th & 25th of every month
Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja (or Lama Chopa in Tibetan) is traditionally done on the 10th and 25th of every month. The main practice is relying on the Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong). By concentrating on the words of this practice we can see the realisations of all the stages of the spiritual path. This creates powerful causes to be able to attain these realisations in the future.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a method by which we train in developing a strong conviction that our Spiritual Guide is a Buddha, in particular, the same nature as Je Tsongkhapa. We do this to receive profound blessings. In this way, our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power naturally increase. Because Je Tsongkhapa is an emanation of Manjushri, his faithful disciples never experience difficulty in increasing their wisdom. There are many other benefits of engaging in this beautiful practice. It is customary but not required to bring an offering to this event.
We engage in Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG) every 10th & 25th of the month. Please see the monthly calendar for times.