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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.
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The Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the condensed sadhana of his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. By engaging in practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, and attain a very special compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. 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 offered once a week with a special food offering (Tsog). Everyone is welcome.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG)
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 Vajrayana 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 10th and 25th of every month. Everyone is welcome.
Long Protector Puja (LPP)
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 typically offered on the 29th 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 fulfill 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 on the 8th of every month. Everyone is welcome.
Prayers for the Deceased (Powa)
This practice of transference of consciousness, known as ‘powa’, is done monthly on behalf of all living beings who have recently died, traditionally within forty-nine days of their death. The purpose of doing this is to lead countless deceased beings to the Pure Land of a Buddha. We understand that throughout this world millions of humans and billions of animals die every day. If these living beings have the opportunity to take rebirth in a Buddha’s Pure Land, they will attain permanent liberation from suffering and experience pure and everlasting happiness. Our practice of powa offers them this precious opportunity. By engaging in this practice we ourself create a great collection of virtue which will also lead us to the Pure Land of a Buddha. This practice is offered monthly. Everyone is welcome.