Chanted Prayers (Pujas)
Chanted prayers (pujas) are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to connect with enlightened beings, accumulate merit, purify negativity and receive blessings. Below are some of the prayers we practice together at KMC Fraser Valley.
All pujas are free of charge. Everyone is welcome.
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Heart Jewel with lamrim meditation
prayers for wisdom, compassion and spiritual protection
Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 9:00am
Heart Jewel includes two practices: prayers to our Spiritual Guide visualized as the wisdom Buddha, Je Tsongkhapa in which we purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. There is a 15 minute pause for a lamrim meditation lightly guided by Gen Delek. You can find these meditations in The New Meditation Handbook. There is also a 5 minute pause for receiving our Spiritual Guide’s blessings after the meditation.
The second part of this practice contains prayers to the wisdom Buddha and Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, to help us overcome obstacles to our practice.
By relying upon this practice, we will naturally gain authentic, heart-felt experience of our meditations, and in particular we will attain a very special Dharma wisdom.
The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Heart Jewel
Sundays 11:00am – 12 noon
This practice is similar to Heart Jewel except that instead of a 15 minute meditation we make a tsog offering, an offering of food and drink to the enlightened beings, enjoyed by all after the prayers.
These prayers are essential for creating a strong Dharma practice, and a strong Dharma community.
The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Wishfulfilling Jewel
For the welfare of the world
8th of every month (1 hour 15 minutes)
At Kadampa Centres worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means “Rescuer”. She is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. The Kadampa Temple for World Peace at Manjushri KMC is livestreaming a 24-hour Tara Puja for the Welfare of the World on the 8th day of every month. Everyone is welcome to join hundreds worldwide for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow.
The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Liberation from Sorrow
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Prayers to our spiritual guide
On the 10th and 25th of the month (1.5 hours)
The practice of relying upon a Spiritual Guide, or ‘Guru Yoga’, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa. The main practice is developing a special view of our Spiritual Guide as the wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and making offerings, praises and requests to him. Because Je Tsongkhapa has qualities of compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power, by relying upon him these same qualities in us naturally increase.
This practice includes beautiful and inspiring verses on the stages of the path (lamrim), training the mind (lojong), and the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. It also includes a tsog offering – offerings of food and drink that are enjoyed by all after the prayers.
The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Prayers for the recently deceased
Once a month, usually at the end of the month (45 minutes)
Every month we hold a special ceremony for all those who have recently died, including animals and insects. It is a traditional Buddhist practice of “Powa” or transference of consciousness, whereby we pray for the consciousness of the deceased to be transferred to Avalokiteshvara’s Pure Land, or heaven.
The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Powa Ceremony