Buddhist meditation practice
The center holds regular sessions of chanted meditation prayers, or pujas, which combine meditation, visualization, and mantra recitation (see calendar for details). These chanted prayers give us a chance to connect with the holy beings and enjoy the tranquil meditation space.
Below is a list of practices we engage in regularly at KMC New Mexico. For additional practices, contact [email protected]ioninnewmexico.org.
This practice is offered nearly every day. Everyone is welcome. This sadhana includes two practices revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. The first is a special Guru yoga in which we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa, who himself is a manifestation of Manjushri. The second practice is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism.
This practice is typically offered on the 10th and 25th of every month. Everyone is welcome. Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra. It was compiled by the first Panchen Lama, Losang Chökyi Gyaltsän, as a preliminary practice for Vajra-yana Mahamudra. The main practice is relying upon the Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.
This practice is typically offered on the 29th of every month. Everyone is welcome. This practice consists of five parts: Praise to Manjushri, the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, Self-generation as Heruka, the Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual of the General Protectors, and the Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual of the Great King Dorje Shugden. Of these, the last is the principal practice.
This practice is offered on the 8th of every month. Everyone is welcome. If we rely upon Mother Tara sincerely and with strong faith she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfil all our wishes. Since she is a wisdom Buddha, and since she is a manifestation of the completely purified wind element, Tara is able to help us very quickly. If we recite the twenty-one verses of praise we shall receive inconceivable benefits. These praises are very powerful because they are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha.
This practice is offered in two parts throughout each week. It is only for practitioners that have had Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments. This particular sadhana, Quick Path to Great Bliss, was composed by the great Lama Phabongkha Rinpoche. Compared to other sadhanas it is not very long, but it contains all the essential practices of Secret Mantra.