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Heart Jewel: The Essential Practices of Kadampa Buddhism

This hour-long program, which includes chanted prayers set to music and two meditation sessions, is the standard daily practice for students of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. It is designed to help practitioners achieve spiritual realizations and eventually experience the joy of full enlightenment. Everyone is welcome at our chanted prayers, regardless of prior experience, faith or knowledge.

If you’re participating for the first time, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to start time.

Sundays: 10 – 11 am
Mondays: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays: 6 – 7 pm

Free for everyone.


Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden

Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden

Wishfullfilling Jewel with TSOG

Chanted prayers on the 28th or 29th of the month (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. 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.

If you’re participating for the first time, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to start time.

Free for everyone. This practice includes a tsog offering, so if you wish, you can bring a vegetarian snack (fruit, chips, cookies, etc.) or a non-alcoholic beverage.


Je Tsongkhapa, The Spiritual Guide of Kadampa Buddhism

Je Tsongkhapa, The Spiritual Guide of Kadampa Buddhism

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

Chanted prayers on the 10th and 25th of the month (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.

If you’re participating for the first time, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to start time.

Free for everyone. This practice includes a tsog offering, so if you wish, you can bring a vegetarian snack (fruit, chips, cookies, etc.) or a non-alcoholic beverage.