Spend Some Time with the Buddhas
Chanted prayers (also known as pujas) are held on a regular basis at the Centre. Prayers are the way in which we make a connection with the Buddhas. Through making requests to them we can receive their help to progress along the spiritual path. Different Buddhas help us in different ways.
Some of the pujas include a tsog offering ceremony which is where we make special offerings of food and drink to all the holy beings. If you like you can bring an offering of food or drink, which everyone is invited to enjoy after the puja.
Everyone is welcome to come along for any of these chanted prayers. For a schedule of pujas download a monthly calendar.
Wishfulfilling Jewel (WFJ) (with Lamrim meditation) is the essential daily practice of Kadampa Buddhism. In this practice we visualise our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify our negativity, accumulate merit and receive blessings. There is then a pause for 20 minutes for personal meditation on one of the 21 Lamrim Meditations. Finally, we make prayers to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugdan to overcome obstacles and create favourable conditions for our practice both in and out of meditation.
Tara Puja - Tara is often referred to as the 'swift rescuer' because she is quick to come to the aid of those who call on her. Indeed, this is why she does not appear in the traditional meditation posture but instead has one leg extended so that she can quickly rise to calls for help. We call on her by making praises and requests during the Tara Puja on the 8th of each month and also make offerings of food and drink.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja (OTSG) is a special puja that takes place fortnightly and involves a tsog offering. By engaging in this puja we have the opportunity to receive our Spiritual Guide's enlightened blessings and inspiration, so that we can gain experience of all the stages of the spiritual path. This puja takes place on the 10th and 25th of every month and takes approximately 2 hours.
Kangso (Melodious Drum) is our long protector puja and involves extensive requests to the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugdan, for the removal of obstacles on the spiritual path. This is a monthly puja that takes about 3 hours and involves a tsog offering. It takes place on the 29th of each month.
Quick Path (QP) or Dakini Yoga (DY) are our daily Tantric practices for those who have received Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment. These practices are known as the quick path to enlightenment. On an occasional basis the Centre has Self Initiation practice for those who have completed Nyempa, see the monthly calendar for times and dates.