WHY WE ENGAGE IN CHANTED PRAYERS AT KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTER LAOur Founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso once said, “in general, prayers made by an assembly of many practitioners are very powerful and cannot be compared to the prayers of one or two people…prayers made in front of such holy beings have great power to achieve their desired effect.”
In our daily prostrations practice we engage in the Bodhisattvas Confession of Moral Downfall. Prostrations are a wonderful way to create good fortune and purify karma that is the inner cause of ill-health and suffering. Physical prostrations are also a good form of gentle exercise. Since we all need to do some kind of exercise, why not conjoin it with spiritual practice. In this way we we create causes for health and well being on the deepest level.
The practices of Buddha Heruka and Buddha Vajrayogini are the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Kadampa Buddhism. Every morning, those with HYT empowerment can engage in the practice of Vajrayogini Tantra.
Before engaging in either of these practices it is necessary to receive an empowerment and instructions from a qualified Spiritual Guide. These empowerments are given every other year at International Kadampa Festivals, and occasionally at other events.
Heart Jewel prayer is the essential practice of Kadampa Buddhism.
Every day of the week, we engage in this short practice which includes a 15 minute silent meditation for meditation on Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment.
This daily chanted prayer is a great way to begin, make progress on and eventually complete the path to liberation and Enlightenment.
Wishfulfilling Jewel prayer is an extended version of Heart Jewel prayer. In this version, we include offerings set out in the meditation room. For this reason, you may bring a food offering to the session.
Once a week, we include "Tsog Offering". The tsog offering is very important for renewing commitments and averting obstacles. It is a special method through which we come under the care and guidance of the Dakas and Dakinis who bestow completion stage realizations. Our wealth, merit, and great bliss will increase through this practice.
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Monthly on the 15th, 6:45-7:15AM
The essence of the practice is to take eight precepts and to keep them purely for a period of twenty-four hours.
By doing this practice again and again, we acquaint ourself with the practice of moral discipline and thereby make our human life meaningful.
When we take the eight Mahayana precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions:
- Sexual activity
- Taking intoxicants
- Eating after lunch
- Sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats
- Wearing ornaments, perfume, etc, and singing and dancing, etc.
These eight, however, are merely symbolic, for in reality we promise to abstain from all non-virtuous actions for twenty-four hours.
Outdoor Community Gathering: 6:30PM
What's A Puja Party?This is an opportunity for our community to come together share the benefits of doing group practices. It is also a time to connect with our Resident Teacher, Gen Rigpa, who will be there as well as some of our senior students. We begin the evening with a puja; a practice of chanted prayers and meditation associated. You may bring an offering of food or drink if you wish. Afterward, we all head outside to our lovely courtyard for some refreshments and time to socialize. Vegetarian food and desserts are served.
As with everything we do at our Center, our parties are also run by volunteers. If you would like to contribute in some way to help make the night a success, please get in touch via email@example.com
We look forward to hosting you at one of our upcoming gatherings!