Prayers

Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog

The 29th of every month; check calendar for times

The first part of this sadhana 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. The second practice is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugdän. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realizations. These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. Feel free to bring a vegetarian food offering.

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Liberation from Sorrow

The 8th of every month; check calendar for times

Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. She protects us from all internal and external dangers, she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and she guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path. Since she is a wisdom Buddha, and since she is a manifestation of the completely purified wind element, Tara is able to help us very quickly. These praises are very powerful because they are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha. It is good to recite them as often as we can.

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Offering to the Spiritual Guide

The 10th and 25th of every month; check calendar for times

The practice of relying upon a Spiritual Guide or ‘Guru Yoga’, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments. In Kadampa Buddhism, Guru Yoga is practiced in association with Je Tsgonkhapa, an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

The principal Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa is Offering to the Spiritual Guide. Although the main practice is reliance upon the Spiritual Guide, 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. Feel free to bring a vegetarian food offering.

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