Prayers

What are prayers?

Pujas, or chanted prayers, inspire us and help to increase our inner peace.  By engaging in them we purify our negative karma, accumulate good karma and receive blessings to deepen our understanding of the teachings and meditations. Currently all our chanted prayers are only streamed online. Prayers become more powerful when we engage in them together as a group. Please click the video at the times below to join in with others. Everyone welcome.

Heart Jewel

Monday – Friday at 5pm & Sunday 1 pm

The daily puja at Kadampa Buddhist Centres 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. The puja includes a 10-minute silence to meditate on Lamrim and a 5-minute silence to engage in Vajrayana meditation.

This puja 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 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.

The second practice is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realizations.

If we rely upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden sincerely, our faith in Je Tsongkhapa will naturally increase and we will easily gain experience of the pure Buddhadharma transmitted directly to Je Tsongkhapa by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. If we practice them regularly and sincerely, we will reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment.

An extensive explanation of this sadhana can be found in the book Heart Jewel, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Heart Jewel Prayers uses two booklets: Heart Jewel (here) and Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (here). If you wish, you can find them in our online shop by clicking the links above.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

November 25th 1 pm, December 25th at 2 pm, January 25th at 7 am & February 25th at 7 am

Twice a month on the 10th & 25th we engage in special chanted prayers, or ‘puja’, called 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, we engage in the Guru Yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa, who is an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

These prayers were first 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.

Tsog’ means ‘collection’ and when we make Tsog offerings we do them collectively, as a group. In this way we accumulate collective karma – we create the cause to progress along the Spiritual Path together. We also accumulate a great deal of merit – positive mental energy – the cause of good fortune.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers use two booklets: Offering to the Spiritual Guide (here) and Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (here). If you wish, you can find them in our online shop by clicking the links above.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide – Long Life

November 10th at 1 pm, December 10th at 7 am, January 10th at 7 am, February 10th at  7 am

Twice a month on the 10th & 25th we engage in special chanted prayers, or ‘puja’, called 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, we engage in the Guru Yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa, who is an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

These prayers were first 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.

Tsog’ means ‘collection’ and when we make Tsog offerings we do them collectively, as a group. In this way we accumulate collective karma – we create the cause to progress along the Spiritual Path together. We also accumulate a great deal of merit – positive mental energy – the cause of good fortune.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers use two booklets: Offering to the Spiritual Guide (here) and Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (here). If you wish, you can find them in our online shop by clicking the links above.

Melodious Drum

November 29th at 5 pm

The extensive fulfilling and restoring ritual of the Dharma Protector, the great king Dorje Shugden, in conjunction with Mahakala, Kalarupa, Kalindewi, and other Dharma Protectors

This practice consists of five parts: Praise to Manjushri, the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, Self-generation as Heruka, the Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual of the General Protectors, and the Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual of the Great King Dorje Shugdän. Of these, the last is the principal practice.

A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from gaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their prac- tice. Beings in this present time have a strong karmic link with Dorje Shugdän, and so he is the Dharma Protector who is most able to help them. Therefore it is said that, Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities.

There are many brief and middling-length sadhanas of Dorje Shugden, such as Heart Jewel and Wishfulfilling Jewel. This extensive sadhana is called Kangso in Tibetan, which means Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual, and it is usually performed once a month in Dharma Centres. During this puja we make extensive offerings and perform other practices (1) to fulfil our heart commitment to rely upon the Protector sincerely, regarding him as inseparable from the Guru and Yidam, and to practise the pure Dharma of Lamrim, Lojong, and Mahamudra; and (2) to restore any degenerate or broken commitments we may have incurred.

We begin the practice with Praise to Manjushri to remember that the Guru and Protector are in reality emanations of the Wisdom Buddha. We then perform the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa and, after dissolving the Guru into our heart, perform self-generation as Heruka. We then invite the general Dharma Protectors such as Mahakala, Kalarupa, and Kalindewi, before beginning the actual sadhana of Dorje Shugdän. The fulfilling and restoring ritual of the general Protectors is interwoven with the sadhana of Dorje Shugden.

Melodious Drum Prayers use two booklets: Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions (here) and Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (here). If you wish, you can find them in our online shop by clicking the links above.

Join the global 24 hour Tara Chanting. To access the live-streamed puja, click here.

Session 1: 7th of every month, 9:00 – 10:15 pm EST, Session 2: 8th of every month, 1:00 – 2:15 am EST, Session 3: 8th of every month, 5:00 – 6:15 am EST, Session 4: 8th of every month, 9:00 – 10:15 am EST, Session 5: 8th of every month, 1:00 – 2:15 pm EST, Session 6: 8th of every month, 5:00 – 6:15 pm EST.

Join as many sessions as you wish.

Tara Prayers

8th of every month

The Tara Puja, Liberation from Sorrow, which includes a special prayer Praises to the Twenty-one Taras composed by Buddha, is performed regularly at Kadampa Buddhist centres worldwide on or around the 8th of the month.

Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Each of the Twenty-one Taras is a manifestation of the principal Tara, Green Tara. Tara is also known as the ‘Mother of the Conquerors’.
Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. When we are young we turn to our worldly mother for help. She protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all our temporal needs, and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal development.

In the same way, during our spiritual growth we need to turn to our Holy Mother, Tara, for refuge. 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.

Tara Prayers uses the booklet, Liberation from Sorrow (here). If you wish, you can find it in our online shop by clicking the link above.

Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers with tsog

Every Saturday at 6:30 pm

Wishfulfilling Jewel is a special practice for developing compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength by relying on the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and for overcoming obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by relying on his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

These practices were revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri who emanated as Je Tsongkhapa. By relying upon this Guru Yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa, 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 in Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realizations. If we rely upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden sincerely, our faith in Je Tsongkhapa will naturally increase and we shall easily gain experience of the pure Buddhadharma transmitted directly to Je Tsongkhapa by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. If we practise them regularly and sincerely, we shall reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment.

Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja with tsog

Wishfulling Jewel tsog offering prayers are ceremonies that involve making offerings of food and drink to the Buddhas in conjunction with prayers and meditation of Wishfulfilling Jewel. They are an excellent method for accumulating merit, purifying negativity and receiving blessings.

Tsog’ means ‘collection’ and when we make Tsog offerings we do them collectively, as a group. In this way we accumulate collective karma – we create the cause to progress along the Spiritual Path together. We also accumulate a great deal of merit – positive mental energy – the cause of good fortune.

Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers use two booklets: Wishfullfilling Jewel (here) and Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (here). If you wish, you can find them in our online shop by clicking the links above.

Powa

November 6th at 7 pm, December 11th at 7 pm, January 22nd at 2 pm, February 5th at 7 pm

The ceremony Powa, or transference of consciousness, is a beautiful and powerful ritual practice which is performed every month at KMCC on behalf of those who have recently passed away, traditionally within forty-nine days of their death.

This practice enables us to benefit the deceased by coming together as a group and making prayers and offerings on their behalf. Then, through the power of our compassionate intention, strong prayer, and concentration on the practice, we transfer the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, so that they will experience a pure and lasting peace and finally be freed from the painful cycling of suffering and it’s causes.

By engaging in this practice,  we will create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to the Pure Land of a Buddha. For a more extensive explanation of this practice, see the book Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully.

This ceremony uses the prayer booklet Powa Ceremony.

Powa Prayers use the booklet, Powa Ceremony (here). If you wish, you can find it in our online shop by clicking the link above.