Chanted Prayers

Chanted Prayers

Meditation is traditionally likened to sowing good seeds in our mind. But for these seeds to grow they need the rain and sunlight of the blessings of Enlightened Beings. Blessings are the transforming influence an enlightened mind has on an unenlightened mind, lifting it out of itself and infusing it with light and inspiration. One of the best ways of receiving blessings is to chant prayers together in a group.

We do a number of chanted prayers (or pujas) on a regular basis. Everyone is welcome to attend these prayers and they free of charge. Please note that while Songs of Enlightenment and Prayers for World Peace are at fixed times during term times, the times of the other chanted prayers may vary as they need to fit round the regular meditation classes, so please check the online calender.

Booklets and CDs of these prayers are available from Tharpa Publications.

Medicine Buddha is an enlightened doctor whose blessings help release us from our inner and outer sickness. Relying Medicine Buddha connects us with the healing power of all the Enlightened Beings, pacifying our delusions, bringing our inner elements into equilibrium and gradually giving us the power to heal others.

Every second Sunday of the Month at 7:30 – 8:30pm. Please check the calendar to confirm.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

A very important and beautiful practice and one of the main events at the centre. Our Spiritual Guide the source of all our understanding of Buddhadharma and is also our principal means of connecting with Buddha’s blessings. We do this every 10th and 25th day of the month and it takes about two hours. As it needs to fit round our regular meditation classes, the time of the puja varies so please check the online calendar.

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Tara Puja

One of the most popular Buddhist Deities, Mother Tara is compassion in action and helps swiftly in all situations. (Every 8th of the month – see online calender for times)

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Prayers for the Deceased

Once a  month we hold special prayers for all beings who have died recently to help them on their journey to their next life. The main part of the prayers is a special practice called “transference of consciousness” (or “powa” in Tibetan) in which the consciousness of the deceased person is transferred to a Pure Land or at least a fortunate rebirth. If you wish to do these special prayers for a friend or relative who has died recently, you are welcome to join us but please contact our Resident Teacher beforehand as there are some preparations to make.
These Prayers are held once a month, generally on the last Sunday of each month at 19.30 – 20.30

 

Heart Jewel

Most Kadampa Buddhists do this as a daily practice. First we connect with our Spiritual Guide in the form of Je Tsongkhapa. Then we meditate in silence for about twenty minutes. Finally to conclude there are prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, whose function is to help protect us from any obstacles to our spiritual practice and arrange the conditions we need to make spiritual progress. We do this every day of the week except the days we do the longer versions of the practice (Wishfulfulling Jewel and Melodious Drum).
Mondays to Thursdays – usually at 17.00 – 17.45; Saturday and Sunday usually at 19.30 – 20.15

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Wishfulfilling Jewel

A longer version of Heart Jewel with more extensive offerings.
Fridays 19.30 – 20.45

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Melodious Drum

A very extensive version of Heart Jewel focusing particularly on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This very powerful puja takes about four hours and so is not really recommended for newcomers.
We do this on the 29th of each month.

Mahayana Precepts

This is a special training of moral discipline in which we observe vows similar to those of a Buddhist monk or nun for a period of twenty-four hours. The vows are taken early in the morning, at 06.30, and include not eating after lunch.
On 15th day of each month.