Chanted meditations or prayers, also known as ‘pujas,’ are special methods for purifying negativity, accumulating merit and receiving blessings. They help us to develop and maintain a positive mind and are a powerful preparation for meditation.
Everyone is welcome to attend all chanted prayers at Tara KMC, except those that require a Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment; these are clearly marked below. There is no need to book, and no fee.
Where times given below they are the scheduled times for our regular prayers. On occasion these may change to suit the centre programme. For all chanted prayers please check our online calendar for the most up to date information.
Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja
Weekdays at 5-6pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog Offering – Saturdays at 7.30-8.45pm
This is the main prayer practice of Kadampa Buddhist Centres. It is 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.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
7.30pm on 10th and 25th days of each month
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. Does not require a Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment.
Monthly on 8th day at 8.15am
Prayers for developing a deep feeling of closeness with Buddha Tara, through which we can receive her blessings and protection.
Monthly on the 29th day
Usually performed once a month at Tara Centre this extensive prayer ceremony fulfills our heart commitment to practise Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra and restores any degenerate or broken commitments we may have incurred. Open to all.
Monthly on 15th day at 6.30am
A short ceremony to engage in the special moral discipline of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts for a period of twenty-four hours.
Monthly: please see calendar for details
Each month we make special prayers on behalf of those who have died recently. Powa means ‘transference of consciousness’; through engaging in these prayers with faith, compassion and concentration we can help the deceased, both humans and animals, take rebirth in a Buddha’s Pure Land, a place free from suffering.
Quick Path to Great Bliss
Fridays at 7-8.45am
Open only to those who have received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Vajrayogini.
Feast of Great Bliss
Please see calendar for details
A special Tantric ceremony for people who have received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Vajrayogini and completed a close retreat.