Tushita KMC holds regular sessions of chanted prayers, or pujas, which include meditation, visualization, and mantra recitation. Through engaging in the chanted prayers we will receive powerful blessings from enlightened beings that will help us to overcome obstacles and swiftly make progress in our spiritual training.
“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
Below you will find a list of prayers we engage in regularly. Please check our website calendar for the exact dates and times.
The chanted prayers are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.
Heart Jewel/ Wishfulfilling Jewel
These prayers include 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.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
This practice is typically offered on the 10th and 25th of every month.
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 Vajra-yana 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.
Long Protector Puja
This practice is typically offered on the 29th of every month.
Everyone is welcome. 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.
Green Tara Puja
This practice is typically offered on the 8th of the month.
Tara practice is one of the most beloved of Buddhist chanted prayers. At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means Rescuer. She is a wisdom Buddha, the embodiment of swift compassion, and the manifestation of the completely purified wind element. Tara is therefore able to help us very quickly! If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes.