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POWA FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED
Check calendar for time, usually 1 Sunday a month
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: firstname.lastname@example.org We will try our best to accommodate your request however it may not always be possible due to the previously scheduled Education Program
PRAYERS FOR WORLD PEACE
Check calendar for time, usually one Sunday a month.
“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Transform Your Life
By learning to cherish others we can experience greater peace of mind and help to establish world peace in general. Through contemplating these prayers compiled by Geshe Kelsang from traditional sources, we learn to cherish others.
All are welcome. The session includes a short teaching, chanted prayers for world peace and a short meditation. There is no charge for this event. (Donations are welcomed.)
Check calendar for time, usually Tuesdays at 4:30pm
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.
OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE
Held on the 10th and 25th of the month. Check calendar for time.
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)
Check calendar for time, usually Thursdays at 4:30pm.
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.
Held on 8th of the month. Check calendar for time.
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)