Heart Jewel is the main daily practice for prayer and meditation within the Kadampa Buddhist tradition, so this is a great place to start. The short prayer booklet (or Sadhana), Heart Jewel, includes the two meditation practices revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.
The first part is concerned with relying upon Je Tsongkhapa as our spiritual guide, so that we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. Je Tsongkhapa was a Tibetan monk (AD 1357-1419) who spread very pure Buddhist teachings showing how to combine the practices of Sutra and Tantra, and how to practice pure Dharma during very difficult times. He was an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, and his tradition later became known as the new Kadampa, Gelug, or Ganden Tradition.
The second part of the Sadhana is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. A Dharma Protector is a Buddha appearing in a protecting aspect, whose main functions are to avert inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from gaining spiritual realisations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their spiritual development. Like Je Tsongkapa, Dorje Shugden is also an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, and his purpose is always to help, guide, and protect sincere practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, and fulfilling their virtuous wishes.Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realisations.
There is time within the prayers for a period of around 20 minutes for your own silent meditation.
This meditation can be based on one of the meditations included in The New Meditation Handbook (we have copies at the centre if you do not have your own), or you could choose to meditate on what has been covered in a class that you have attended, or just take time to meditate on another aspect of dharma that is important to you.
You can do this practice at home, but if you would like to learn more about it, and enjoy the special experience of meditating with others, please join us at one or more of the sessions. (If you need to slip out a little bit early to get to work that is fine).
Wishfulfilling Jewel is a special practice for developing compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength by relying on the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and for overcoming obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by relying on his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
These practices were revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri who emanated as Je Tsongkhapa. By relying upon this Guru Yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. In this way, we shall naturally accomplish all the realizations of the stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra, and in particular we shall attain a very special Dharma wisdomThe second practice in Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realizations. If we rely upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden sincerely, our faith in Je Tsongkhapa will naturally increase and we shall easily gain experience of the pure Buddhadharma transmitted directly to Je Tsongkhapa by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.
These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. If we practise them regularly and sincerely, we shall reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment.
Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja with tsog
Wishfulling Jewel tsog offering prayers are ceremonies that involve making offerings of food and drink to the Buddhas in conjunction with prayers and meditation of Wishfulfilling Jewel. They are an excellent method for accumulating merit, purifying negativity and receiving blessings.
Tsog’ means ‘collection’ and when we make Tsog offerings we do them collectively, as a group. In this way we accumulate collective karma – we create the cause to progress along the Spiritual Path together. We also accumulate a great deal of merit – positive mental energy – the cause of good fortune.
During a Tsog puja we arrange a table of food and drinks – making it look as beautiful as we can. We imagine that we are preparing a banquet of delight for the holy beings to enjoy. We then invite the holy beings to the place of offerings and imagine they enjoy this blissful banquet.
Afterwards, we enjoy the Tsog offerings with our Spiritual friends. These Tsog puja’s are a great way to get to know your Spiritual friends and to feel a part of a Spiritual Community.
Please feel welcome to bring an offering of your own to add to the table – any food or drink that you feel is beautiful. (No meat or alcohol please.)