HEART JEWEL: The Essential Practices of Kadampa Buddhism
Everyone is welcome to our weekly chanted prayers and group meditation! (1 hour)
Time: 6pm – 7pm
WISHFULFILLING JEWEL WITH TSOG
Chanted prayers at the end of the month. Everyone welcome! (1 hour)
This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. This prepares our mind for a twenty-minute meditation on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. After the meditation we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, 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. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. The puja itself is an hour, however, it's customary to stay and enjoy the offerings with the sangha after the practice – everyone is welcome to participate, but it's not required.
OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE
Chanted prayers on the 10th and 25th of the month. Everyone welcome! (2 hours)
This is a special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra that is a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra. The main practice 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.
The Tara Puja: Liberation from Sorrow
Chanted prayers on the 8th of the month. Everyone welcome! (1 hour)
The Tara Puja includes a special prayer Praises to the Twenty-one Taras composed by Buddha, and is performed regularly at Kadampa Buddhist centers worldwide. 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. If we rely upon Mother Tara sincerely and with strong faith she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. Since she is a wisdom Buddha, and since she is a manifestation of the completely purified wind element, Tara is able to help us very quickly. If we recite the twenty-one verses of praise we shall receive inconceivable benefits. These praises are very powerful because they are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha. It is good to recite them as often as we can.