Chanted prayers, 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. Due to Covid-19 restrictions currently in place in England prayers are live streamed only.
Links to the live stream prayers for each week are given on the homepage of our website under the heading ‘LIVE STREAM PRAYERS’.
Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers
Monday to Friday: 5-6:05pm *includes 15 minutes for meditation*
Saturday with tsog offerings (food & drink): 7:30-8:35pm
Sunday 7.30-8.35pm *includes 15 minutes for meditation*
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
Monthly on the 10th and 25th – times vary. Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
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.
Liberation from Sorrow
Monthly on 8th – time varies. Duration: 45 minutes.
Prayers for developing a deep feeling of closeness with Buddha Tara, through which we can receive her blessings and protection.
Monthly on the 29th (sometimes can be the 28th or 30th). Duration: 3 hours and 45 minutes.
The extensive prayer ceremony fulfils our heart commitment to practise Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra and restores any degenerate or broken commitments we may have incurred.
Monthly on 15th: 6:30am. Duration: 35 minutes.
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: usually third or fourth Friday of the month. 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.
For people who have died recently, you can request Tara KMC to make prayers on their behalf. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with their names.
HIGHEST YOGA TANTRA PRAYERS: For those who have received the empowerments of Heruka & Vajrayogini.
Quick Path to Great Bliss (HYT Only)
Thursdays: 7am. Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.