Everyone is welcome to attend our group chanted prayers, or pujas 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 a list of the group prayer sessions we practice together at the Center. All pujas are chanted in English with some occasional Sanskrit.
Some pujas include a special food offering called a tsog offering. The merit (good fortune) accumulated from this offering is then dedicated to world peace in general, and to the welfare of specific people in the community. Please bring a small vegetarian food offering - something special to you - such as chocolate, fruit, cookies, cheese, or chips; or a non-alcoholic drink such as juice or tea, for the offering table. If you would like for us to make dedications on behalf of someone you know, please complete the form on our Prayer Requests page.
Beginners are welcome!
This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part, we view our Spiritual Guide as the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity and obstructions, accumulate merit (good fortune or karma), and receive blessings or inspiration. This prepares our mind for meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment and a Mahamudra meditation. In the second part, we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma realizations. (50 minutes)
Wishfulfilling Jewel (with Tsog)
This puja is a more extensive version of Heart Jewel and includes a tsog offering. 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 our 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. (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Tara Puja: Liberation From Sorrow
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. Because these are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha, they are particularly powerful and blessed. (50 minutes)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (with tsog)
The main practice of Offering to the Spiritual Guide is relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests; but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path and training the mind, as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra. By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (2 hours)
This monthly practice consists principally of prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from attaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (3.5 hours)
The purpose of this practice is to lead countless deceased beings to the Pure Land of Buddha. By engaging in this practice, we create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us on the pathway to the Pure Land of a Buddha. (50 minutes)
Dakini Yoga and Quick Path to Great Bliss are 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.