Guided Meditation & Chanted Prayers

Free | Everyone welcome

At Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Centre

5 Bentinck Street, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, G3 7SB

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Chanted Prayers (or Puja in Sanskrit) are an important element of our spiritual training. They help to still our mind and receive blessings from enlightened beings in order to create the best internal conditions for our meditation practice to bear fruit. The prayer booklets we use are known as ‘sadhanas’ meaning “methods for accomplishing attainments”. Using ancient prayers translated into English, these practices help us to purify our negativity and fill our mind with positive energy.

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Relax, Reflect & Open Your Heart 

Wishfulfilling Jewel 

Daily | 1 hour

The Wishfulfilling Jewel practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part of this practice, we visualize Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, and accumulate merit. This prepares our mind for a period of silent meditation on the Lamrim, or stages of the path. The second part of this practice contains prayers to the wisdom Buddha and Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, to help us overcome obstacles to our practice.

All our prayers and meditation practices are recited in English with beautiful, easy-to-learn melodies and CD accompaniment.

*Please call to check as times may vary.  Thank you

Mondays | Heart Jewel | 6-6.30PM

Tuesdays | Wishfulfilling Jewel | 5.15-6.15PM

Wednesdays | Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog | 5-6PM

Thursdays | Wishfulfillling Jewel | 4-5PM

Fridays | Wishfulfilling Jewel | 6-7PM

Saturdays | Wishfulfilling Jewel | 7-8PM

Sundays | Wishfulfilling Jewel | 7-8PM

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Special Tsog Pujas:

Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog Offering

Wednesdays 5-6pm | 1 hour 5 minutes

 

Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog Offering

10th and 25th every month | 1 hour 45 minutes

Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja (or Lama Chopa in Tibetan) is traditionally done on the 10th and 25th of every month.  The main practice within the sadhana is relying on the Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong).  We develop a strong conviction that our Spiritual Guide is a Buddha, in particular the same nature as Je Tsongkapa.  We make prostrations and requests and receive profound blessings.  In this way, our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power naturally increase.  Because Je Tsongkapa is an emanation of Manjushri, his faithful disciples never experience difficulty in increasing their wisdom.  There are many other benefits of engaging in this beautiful practice.  It is customary but not required to bring an offering to this event.

 

Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions (Kangso)

29th every month | Extensive

Please note an extended version of Wishfulfilling Jewel, called “Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions” or “Kangso” in Tibetan, is often held on 29th of the month , Protector Day, a special day in the Buddhist calendar.  Please feel to come to all or part of this puja if you wish.  It is customary but not required to bring an offering to this event.

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Powa Ceremony

Prayers of Compassion for the Deceased

Every month we hold a special ceremony to help those who have recently died experience peace of mind after death and be cared for by the Buddha of Compassion. During this ceremony we engage in the traditional Buddhist practice of “Powa” or transference of consciousness in conjunction with the prayers, “Path of Compassion for the Deceased”.

Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be Buddhist to attend these prayers or to derive benefit from them.

If you would like to attend, then it is traditional to bring a white offering, either food, flowers, candles, for example, and if you wish, we can make specific dedications for friends or relatives that have recently died.

Date and time vary | 30 minutes

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Tara Prayers, Liberation from Sorrow

Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas.  Her name means ‘Rescuer’ because she rescues us from all outer and inner fears. Ultimately she rescues us from all suffering and guides us to full Enlightenment.  Like a mother she protects us from all internal and external dangers; she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path. These prayers include praises to the twenty one manifestations of Tara.

8th each month | 45 minutes | time varies please call to check

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Contact us:
info@meditateinglasgow.org
0141 334 1334