special chanted prayers (pujas)

Chanted prayers with meditations (called “pujas”) are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to still our mind, connect with enlightened beings, receive blessings, and meditate well. We use ancient prayers that that have been translated into English. The prayers are available in booklet form, and are also recorded (so it is easy to follow the words, and participate in the puja even if you are a beginner).

Our primary daily practice is Heart Jewel, combined with meditations on the stages of the path (Lamrim) and Mahamudra;  twice a month we have special prayers called Offering to the Spiritual Guide (see below); and we also do some prayers on a monthly basis, such as, Prayers for the Deceased - Powa  (see below), and  Kangso or Melodious Drum Puja (see below). For those who have received a Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments, there are twice weekly Highest Yoga Tantra prayers (see below).

Everyone is welcome to come to any of these chanted prayers with meditations free of charge. 

Note: If you are new to Buddhist prayers, there is always someone there who will guide you through the puja - so you know what is happening - i.e. you won't be left nervously wondering what you should do!)

Buddha hands

je-tsongkhapa

offering to the spiritual guide

This puja gives us the opportunity to affirm and strengthen our heart relationship with our Spiritual Guide and receive blessings that help us develop in compassion and wisdom.

In Kadampa Buddhism, the Spiritual Guide is regarded as being like a parent who cares for us, protects us, and guides and helps us on the spiritual path to enlightenment.

10th and 25th day of each month.

Please call the centre one or two days beforehand  to check the start time.

The Four Kadampa Guru Deities flat

Kangso Dharma Protector Puja

This puja is a powerful practice which helps us overcome difficulties in spiritual progress and to protect us from difficulties in the future.

These are extensive prayers to help us gain good fortune, remove negativity from our mind and gain positive energy. During the prayers we make offerings of food (tsog) to our Spiritual Guide as someone who protects our progress on the spiritual path.

These are set out very beautifully on plates on a table in front of the shrine before the prayers start. The purpose of making food offerings is to improve our mind of giving. You are welcome to bring your own offerings.

After food offerings we make prayers to remove any obstacles that may arise on our spiritual path & to protect us from losing the positive states of mind we have already attained.

After the prayers some food is set aside to give to others and then we share the rest over a drink & chat. This is an opportunity for people attending classes to spend relaxed time with each other, share experiences of applying Buddha’s teachings in busy daily life, and to go home renewed, inspired and refreshed.

The prayers take approximately 3 1/2 hours with a tea break of 10 minutes in the middle.

29th of each month.

Please call the centre one or two days beforehand  to check the start time.

cloudy rainbow

powa ceremony

This puja is held for those who have died recently. Its purpose is to help them have a fortunate rebirth in a pure land. Pujas can be for friends, family, a special animal, or as a way of expressing our compassion for those who have died as a result of disaster or war.

It can be a very peaceful and uplifting method of expressing our love and our heartfelt wishes for their future well-being and peace.

Powa pujas are generally held in response to requests from members of the community (students, friends and the wider community). Please contact Demo if you would like to arrange a puja for anyone close to you.

heruka

highest yoga tantra

This puja is help for more experienced practitioners who have taken special Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments.

Mondays and Thursdays:  7.30 - 9.00am