Group Prayers - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Community Prayers

Purify negativity and increase
your good fortune

COMMUNITY PRAYERS  are an important component of training in a spiritual life.  They help us to connect with enlightened beings, accumulate merit, purify negativity and receive blessings.  Below are some of the prayers that we practice together at Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

All prayers are free of charge.  Everyone is welcome.

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Rae Supeene

POWA FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED

1 Sunday a Month | Bodhichitta Centre

Sunday, Oct 23| 11.45am-12.40pm

Sunday, Nov 27| 11.45am-12.40pm

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Use the button below to request a dedication at our next Powa.

Once a month the Center engages in a lovely ritual practice on behalf of those who have recently deceased.  Through doing Powa Ceremony with faith, compassion, and concentration we can transfer the consciousness of those recently deceased to a higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha.  Food and flower offerings (tending toward white) are welcome.  (45 minutes – 1 hour)

Please note: If you would like to request a dedicated Powa Ceremony for someone you know who has recently died, please contact our EPC at: bodhichitta.epc@gmail.com   We will try our best to accommodate your request.

Dorje Shugdan

WISHFULFILLING JEWEL

Most Sunday Afternoons

Sun, Oct 16 | 2:30pm

Sun, Oct 30 | 2:30pm

Sun, Nov 13 | 3:00pm

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This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism.  In the first part we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings.  This prepares our mind for a brief meditation on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.  After the meditation we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.  Through this we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma realizations.

Green Tara Close up

GREEN TARA

8th of the Month | Bodhichitta Centre

Tues, Nov 8 | 9:30am

Thur, Dec 8| 10am

Held on the 8th of the month.  Check calendar  to confirm.

At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day.  Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means “Rescuer”.  She is a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas.  If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes.  

Everyone is welcome and invited to join us for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow.  (1 hour)

Green Tara Close up

OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE

10th and 25th of the month | Bodhichitta Centre

Tues, Oct 25 | 10am

Thur, Nov 10 | 6pm

Fri, Nov 25 | 1:30pm

Held on the 10th and 25th of the month in-person.  Check calendar to confirm.

This is a special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra that is a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra.  The main practice is relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path and training the mind, as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.

By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase.  This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish.  (2 hours)

Green Tara Close up

HEART JEWEL

Thursdays at 4:30pm starting Sept 8  | Bodhichitta Centre

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A special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the condensed sadhana of his Dharma Protector and a short meditation on Lamrim.  This puja 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.

By relying upon this practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings.  In this way, we will naturally accomplish all the realizations of the stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra, and in particular we will attain a very special Dharma wisdom.

Buddha Vajrasattva

VAJRASATTVA PURIFICATION PRACTICE

1 Sunday a month | 11.45am-12.45pm | Bodhichitta Centre

Sun, Oct 16 | 11:45am

Sun, Nov 20 | 11:45am

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The Meditation and Recitation of Solitary Vajrasattva practice is an excellent way to purify our negative karma.  Any living being, even a worm or an insect, can commit negative actions; but only humans have the fortune to be able to purify them.  Since purification is the root of future happiness and spiritual realizations, we should strive to cleanse our mind of delusions and negative karma by practicing the meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva.

Beautiful Lotus Image

MAHAYANA PRECEPTS - 24 HOUR FASTING & PURIFICATION PRACTICE

15th of each month | 6.30-7.00am | Bodhichitta Centre

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This is a precious and powerful practice that purifies negative karma and produces positive karma, or good fortune for our future. It functions to improve our familiarity with the practice of moral discipline, deepen our compassion and make our human life meaningful. When we take the eight Mahayana precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions:

  • Killing
  • Stealing
  • Sexual activity
  • Lying
  • 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. On this day we only eat one meal, if possible between 12-1pm.

Buddha Vajrasattva

QUICK PATH TO GREAT BLISS

Tuesdays | 9.30am |Bodhichitta Centre

Except Oct 18, Oct 25 and Nov 8

FOR HIGHEST YOGA TANTRA PRACTITIONERS ONLY.  Check calendar to confirm.

Vajrayogini is a female enlightened Deity of Highest Yoga Tantra who is the manifestation of the wisdom of all Buddhas.  By relying upon this practice sincerely, with a good heart and a mind of faith, it is definitely possible to attain full enlightenment; but to accomplish such results we must practise this sadhana regularly.  To practise the sadhana successfully we should first receive the empowerment of Vajrayogini, and then study authentic instructions on the practice such as those found in the commentary Guide to Dakini Land

Buddha Vajrasattva

DAKINI YOGA

Wednesdays Starting Sept 14 | 8.45am |Bodhichitta Centre

FOR HIGHEST YOGA TANTRA PRACTITIONERS ONLY.  Check calendar to confirm.

The self-generation practice of Vajrayogini – the female Buddha who embodies the wisdom of all Buddhas – in conjunction with six-session yoga – a simple but powerful daily practice for maintaining all Tantric commitments for those who have received a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment.

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