Chanted Prayers in our Tradition
An explanation of some of the prayers we chant regularly.
Attendance is free and recently available on line. To access online prayers please look at your centre website- see "Links to other centres" above.
Heart Jewel - a daily practice
A special practice for developing compassion, wisdom and spiritual strength by relying upon the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and for overcoming obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by relying upon his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden
Wishfulfilling Jewel - a daily practice
A slightly longer version of Heart Jewel. Some centres offer Heart Jewel daily and some do Wishfulfilling Jewel.
Both sadhanas (prayer booklets) have space for two meditations within them
Offering to the Spiritual Guide - 10th and 25th
The special Guru yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra, which also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path to enlightenment
Usually takes place on the 10th and 25th of each month as well as some other special occassions
Tara Prayers – Liberation from Sorrow - 8th day of every month
The Liberation from Sorrow prayers include praises to the twenty-one manifestations of Tara. Because these are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha, they are particularly powerful and blessed.
Melodious Drum - 29th day of every month
The extensive sadhana, or ‘method of attainment’, for fulfilling our commitment to rely upon the Dharma Protector and to practise Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra, and for restoring any degenerate or broken commitments.
The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls
-can be done personally at any time. some centres offer this regularly
A powerful practice that focuses on the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas to purify our mind of even the heaviest negativities.
Mahayana Precepts 15th of every Month
How to practice the special moral discipline of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts for a period of twenty-four hours.Can be done anytime but especially done on the 15th of each month
Powa- Ceremony for the Deceased - when needed
Through practising 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.
The Powa Ceremony can be done either by a group of practitioners or individually on behalf of one or more deceased persons, or countless deceased beings. By engaging in this practice we also create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to a Buddha’s Pure Land.
These booklets can be bought from centres or from