"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
All Chanted Prayers
Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog
Wishfulfilling Jewel is a more extensive version of Heart Jewel. It also therefore is a special practice for developing compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength by relying on the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, an emanation of the wisdom Buddha Manjushri, and for overcoming obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by relying on his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. It is often done with a tsog offering (food). App. 1 hour, including a 10 minute meditation.
By relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our spiritual realizations.
These two practices are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. This puja includes a 10-minute silent meditation and sometimes includes a "tsog" offering of food or drinks, which when doing at home.we can imagine.(1 hour)
Held on the 10th and 25th of the month
Offering to The Spiritual Guide (OSG)
This is a special practice of relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests. It also contains beautiful essential instructions on all the stages of the path to enlightenment and training the mind, as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.
We also make specific prayers for our friends, family members, Sangha, and others who are suffering or have died.
This practice includes a tsog offering which you can virtually engage in through your imagination.
This puja is held on the 10th and 25th of each month. 2 hours.
Held on the 29th of the month
Long Protector Prayer
This is a monthly practice of making offerings and requesting the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, to remove obstacles and to gather all favorable conditions for our spiritual practice. This practice includes a tsog offering. For tsog pujas, we gather together to pray and make special offerings. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (3.5 hours)
Held on the 8th of each month
Prayers to Tara
(Liberation From Sorrow)
At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the 8th of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Each of the Twenty-one Taras is a manifestation of the principal Tara, Green Tara. Tara is also known as the ‘Mother of the Conquerors’.
Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. She protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all our temporal needs, and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal development.
Prayers for the Deceased
Powa, or transference of consciousness, is a profound method for transferring the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of Buddha. After a person dies and before they take their next rebirth, there is an opportunity for those who have some connection with them to guide their consciousness’ away from the painful rebirths of samsara and into the pure lands, worlds created by minds experiencing things in a pure way.
Powa Ceremony, a beautiful and powerful ritual practice drawn from the Buddhist tantras, enables us to benefit the deceased by coming together as a group and making prayers and offerings on their behalf. Then, through the power of our compassionate intention, strong prayer, and concentration on the practice, we transfer the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of the Buddha of Compassion so that they will experience a pure and lasting peace and finally be freed from the painful cycling of suffering and it’s causes.
Please contact us at epc@MeditateInSanFrancisco.org or call (415) 503-1187 if you wish to take precepts.
Eight Mahayana Precepts
(A Pure Life)
Shakyamuni, all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
The essence of this practice is taking eight precepts and keeping them purely for twenty-four hours. We first need to receive these precepts from a qualified Preceptor, and then we can take them on our own as often as we wish. Instructions on both these methods are included in this prayer booklet. Because this practice is motivated by bodhichitta it is especially powerful for purifying negativities, accumulating merit—a positive strength of mind—and creating the cause for us to attain the unsurpassed happiness of enlightenment.