“In general, prayers made by an assembly of many practitioners are very powerful and cannot be compared to the prayers of one or two people. The scriptures give the analogy of a broom. If we try to clean a floor with a few bristles we shall make little progress, but if we gather many bristles to make a broom we shall be successful.”
- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Monday to Friday mornings
8:15 - 9:15
These prayers are the heart practice of all Kadampa Buddhists. In them we pray to Wisdom Buddhas Je Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, in order to gather the blessings necessary for success in our practice and to prevent outer and inner obstacles that would otherwise hinder it.
35 Confession Buddhas
Monday and Thursday mornings
7:15 - 8:00
One of the most powerful purification practices is the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps, also known as The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls. In this practice, we visualize the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas and practise purification in their presence. Through the power of their blessings and prayers, we can swiftly purify even the heaviest negative actions simply by faithfully reciting their names.
Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog
Saturdays at 5pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel puja is our weekly offering to the Buddhas. We make prayers and requests to the wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa along with a tsog offering (food) to the protector Buddha Dorje Shugden. If you wish, you can bring a vegetarian food offering.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
10th & 25th of every month (see Calendar for times)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG) is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra. 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 and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. This practice includes a tsog offering.
If you wish, you can bring a vegetarian food offering.
Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions
Once a month (on or around 29th)
This extensive sadhana, or “method of attainment,” is for fulfilling our commitment to rely on the Dharma Protector and to practice Lamrim, Lojong, and Mahamudra, and for restoring any degenerate or broken commitments During this puja we make extensive offerings.
‘Having the good quality of contentment with few desires, studying profusely the scriptural tradition of the great Charioteers, with detailed analysis and focused discussion, and quoting countless scriptural citations and reasonings; through this practice may I fulfill the heart commitments of Dorje Shugdans five lineages and their retinues. Please accomplish the wishes of all practitioners and protect the pure doctrine of Je Tsongkhapa.’