All our chanted meditation practices are recited in English with beautiful, easy-to-learn melodies and CD accompaniment. By relying upon these practices we can purify negativity, accumulate merit (or positive energy), and receive blessings. Everyone is welcome to participate in these beautiful meditations. We recommend that you arrive about 10 minutes early to be seated and relaxed at the start of the session. Our chanted meditations are offered free of charge, although donations are welcome. Even if you are just curious and would prefer only to listen and observe, please feel free to drop by anytime.
Heart Jewel (Sunday mornings 9am- check calendar for other times)
Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the condensed sadhana of his Dharma Protector. Includes 20 minutes to meditate on Lamrim and Mahamudra. 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.
Wishfulfilling Jewel (check calendar for times)
This is a more extensive version of Heart Jewel, in which we make prayers and requests to Je Tsongkhapa and our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.
Offering To The Spiritual Guide (10th and 25th of each month)
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. The 10th and 25th of every month (see our calendar for times). Feel free to bring a small food or flower offering.
Medicine Buddha Prayers (the first Sunday of each month, 9-10am)
Medicine Buddha is a Buddha Doctor whose function is to release living beings from outer and inner sickness by bestowing blessings upon them. By relying upon Medicine Buddha sincerely, living beings in these impure times can be cured of heavy physical and mental disease, and find release from the internal pain of the three poisons; attachment, anger, and ignorance. Moreover, by practicing the sadhana of Medicine Buddha sincerely, we receive a special power of body, speech, and mind, which we can use to help others through healing actions.
35 Confession Buddhas (Fridays 9-10am)
Thirty five Buddhas who have special powers to purify negativities and downfalls in those who recite their names with faith. This is one of many purification prayers that Buddhists engage in, in order to remove the negative potentialities we have accumulated during previous lives. In this practice we do full or half length prostrations, or simply stand with hands pressed together – just reciting the prayers we are able to purify negativity. Beginners welcome!
Powa: Prayers for the deceased (monthly on a Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm check calendar for dates/times)
Join us for these special prayers for the deceased. Through practicing transference of consciousness, known as ‘powa’ 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. It is customary to bring a ready-to-eat vegetarian food item or flowers.
Offerings are ready-to-eat vegetarian food items or flowers. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods (cookies, brownies, cupcakes), boxes of tea, even bars of chocolate are common offerings. Offerings are made, not because the Buddhas need anything from us, but for the effect it has on our own mind.
The extensive fulfilling and restoring ritual of the Dharma Protector, the great king Dorje Shugden, in conjunction with Mahakala, Kalarupa, Kalindewi, and other Dharma Protectors. 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 Shugdän. Of these, the last is the principal practice. A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from gaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice. The 29th of every month (see our calendar for times). Feel free to bring a small food or flower offering.