October 11, 2017

Meditation Prayers (Puja)

Experience a different side of the Asheville Kadampa Community. Join us for weekly meditation prayers, & monthly Pujas

Pujas (chanted prayers) are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to still our mind, connect with enlightened beings, and receive blessings.

Below is a list of the pujas we practice together at the center. Please check the online calendar for any schedule changes. All pujas are free of charge. Everyone is welcome.

Heart Jewel

 

HEART JEWEL: THE ESSENTIAL PRACTICES OF KADAMPA BUDDHISM

Everyone is welcome to our weekly chanted prayers and group meditation! (1 hour)

Sunday’s and Tuesday’s  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Free.

 

Dorje ShugdenWishfulfilling Jewel

Please check calendar for schedule

This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. This prepares our mind for a twenty-minute meditation on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. After the meditation we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. Through this we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma realizati

 

 

Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG)

Held on the 10th and 25th of the month. Check calendar for time.

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. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (2 hours)

Melodious Drum

Held the 29th of the month. Check calendar for time.

This monthly practice consists principally of prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from attaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (3.5 hours)

Tara Puja | Green Tara Chanted Prayers

Held on or near the 8th of the month. Check calendar for exact date & time.

At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means “Rescuer. She is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. Everyone is welcome and invited to join us for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow. (1 hour)

Avaloketishvara

Powa Practice for the Recently Deceased

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Once a month the Center engages in a lovely ritual practice on behalf of those who have recently deceased. The practice entails a transference of consciousness, whereby through chanted prayers and mantras, the participants assist in directing the consciousness of the recently deceased directly to the Pure Land. Food and flower offerings (tending toward white) are welcome. (1 hour)

 

Highest Yoga Tantra Practices

If you have received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini, you are welcome to attend our weekly practices of Blissful Path.

Mahayana Precepts

How to practise the special moral discipline of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts for a period of twenty-four hours.