Typically performed on the 29th day of the Tibetan lunar month, this puja is an offering to wrathful protectors of the Gelug tradition for the success of all Dharma activities.
Sponsorship and dedication of this highly beneficial practice can be made for:
the success of projects
the recovery from illness of friends or relations, and
the blessing of the recently departed.
Saturday, February 22nd,
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Led by Rowena
Medicine Buddha Practice
Tuesday, January 28th,
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Led by Charmaine
The practice of the Medicine Buddha is considered one of the most powerful practices because it possesses the greatest and quickest blessings. This practice purifies and heals on all levels- physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental.
Medicine Buddha Puja
The Medicine Buddha Puja is powerful for healing and for purification. It is particularly powerful for those who are sick or have cancer. It is also powerful for those who have recently died, and for pacifying obstacles to the achievement of temporary happiness, liberation and ultimate happiness of full enlightenment.
Vajra Cutter Sutra Reading
Take part in a group reading of the Vajra Cutter Sutra to benefit Lama Zopa Rinpoche's good health and long life.
In the Vajra Cutter Sutra, Buddha and a gathering of monks and bodhisattvas are in Shravasti in North India. Subhūti, one of the disciples, asks Buddha, “Bhagavān, how should one who has correctly entered the bodhisattva’s vehicle abide, how practice, how control the mind?” The sutra captures Buddha’s answer, touching extensively on the “wisdom gone beyond” and concluding with the famous verse: “As a star, a visual aberration, a lamp, an illusion, dew, a bubble, a dream, lightning, and a cloud—view all the compounded like that.”
Compassion Buddha Practice
This brief practice enables us to draw closer to the universal wisdom and compassion of the enlightened mind. It develops our ability to have an open heart and love through meditation on the deity Chenrezig.
"Compassion means to not harm, and on top of that, if you can, to benefit. The motivation is compassion. If you want to practice Buddhism, you understand the conduct is to not harm sentient beings. And that comes from the right view, dependent arising, subtle dependent arising, which is unified with emptiness from its own side. The conduct comes from there—to not harm and to benefit sentient beings. That is often what His Holiness says. Now you can see that teaching Buddhism, through a course, or just talking about Buddhism to somebody, to explain compassion is the most important part." ~ Lama Zopa ~
Tuesday, February 25th, 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Green Tara Meditation Practice
A meditation practice of the female deity, Green Tara. “Tara is the embodiment of the holy actions of the Buddhas. By practicing Tara meditation you can eliminate inner and outer obstacles to the development of your mind, create much merit, and achieve quick success in attaining enlightenment.
Tara Puja is an offering practice to Green Tara and the 21 Taras. Taking part in this practice helps us to generate vast amounts of spiritual merit and create the causes for boundless energy and success. Through Tara’s blessings we develop our ability to benefit others in our spiritual and daily lives. Offerings Welcome
The Guru Puja (Lama Chöpa) is a practice of making offerings to, and requesting inspiration and guidance from the spiritual teacher in the form of Lama Tsongkhapa, in order to receive blessings and generate realizations on the path to enlightenment.
"Tsog means gathering. We gather together the things we're offering, and we ourselves gather together to do the practice. Gathering together with other practitioners, concentrating our minds into the same space, gives us great inspiration. It's much better than just doing puja alone in our own rooms. This is the Tibetan connotation of tsog." ~ Lama Yeshe
Tuesday, February 11th 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Led by Charmaine
Tuesday, February 24th 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Led by Ven. Angie
Monday, February 24th 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Led by Gen Don
Karma Purification Practice
Saturday, February 1st & 15th 9:00 - 10:15 am
Led by Claudio
“Vajrasattva practice is so important generally, and especially nowadays in the world, when there is not only global warming, but many other problems. There are so many other dangers—of war and sicknesses, cancer, and so many people whom you know are dying. There are so many sicknesses and other conditions for dying.
“This Vajrasattva practice and other purification practices are the ultimate answer, so everything in the world—what you see, every situation—tells you to practice Vajrasattva. To purify and do Vajrasattva practice is the ultimate answer, to stop the cause to be reborn in the lower realms and the immediate [result] is to have a higher rebirth, to make preparation for death and then to meet the Dharma, to meet the virtuous friend who reveals the path to enlightenment. Then to achieve ultimate happiness, to be free from samsara and to achieve enlightenment for the numberless sentient beings and to free them from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to full enlightenment.” ~Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Sundays 9:00 - 9:45
Led by Charlene Wunderlich
A simple guided meditation to calm and clear your heart and mind. (For beginners or any level).
Drop-in Silent Meditation
Fridays 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Stop in at the end of your week and enjoy a bit of quiet time. Each half-hour Friday evening meditation will include motivation at the beginning, suggested techniques, silence and dedication at the end.
Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog
Tuesday February 18th
7:00 - 8:15 pm
led by Charmaine
The yoga method of Heruka Vajrasattva has the power to purify all negative energy, which is the main thing preventing you from actualizing the path. This impure energy creates both physical and mental hindrances, and also leaves certain imprints.
Golden Light Sutra Reading
Wednesday, January 29th & February 26th
4:00 - 6:00 pm
“The most beneficial thing to have peace and to stop the wars is recitation of the Golden Light Sutra. This is the most beneficial thing to bring peace, everyone should try to do this, no matter how busy they are, even to recite one or two pages, even a few lines. When you read the Golden Light Sutra you also read the ‘mantra without attachment’ this practice is within the text. The benefits of reciting just this mantra: Even all the material possessions, all the human wealth, especially all the wealth of the deva realms (asura’s and sura’s) can not compare to the value of this mantra. It is nothing compared to this mantra. You collect limitless skies of benefit and merit by even just reciting one word of this mantra. So by reciting the whole text is unbelievably beneficial, one collects extensive merits, liberates numberless sentient beings from the oceans of suffering and brings them to enlightenment.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
At the beginning of the Sutra of Golden Light, Buddha Shakyamuni, the Tathagata, the Arhat, the Fully Enlightened, calls to anyone experiencing misery and affliction, bad health, poverty, loss, abuse, ill will, fear, nightmares, or other harms. He says to make the mind virtuous and to come and listen.
Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
Shakyamuni Buddha Puja is a source of good collections: a rite of homage, worship (making offerings) and prayers to the teacher, the King of Sages, remembering his previous lives and biography.
The main point of the puja is to develop one's faith in the Buddha and collect vast merits by thinking about the wonderful things he has done - both in his countless previous lives as a bodhisattva and in his life as Shakyamuni, feeling joyful about them and making offerings, both real and visualized. The framework of the central part of the puja is the seven limbs. These are preceded by various preliminaries aimed at getting the participants into the right frame of mind and at setting up the visualization of the field of merit, to whom the seven limbs are addressed. One also purifies one's negative karmas by confessing them with regret and creates further merits by auspicious wishes and prayers for the flourishing of the Buddha's doctrine. These are followed by prayers which comprise the extensive limb of dedication and then saying goodbye to the beings in the field of merit.
Buddhist Meditation 101
Meditation 101 is an introductory course on basic Buddhist meditation techniques for complete beginners. It teaches basic meditations that can be used by anyone to create more peace and happiness in daily life. The course is presented in five sessions and examines:
what is meditation?
meditation posture and arranging the body
the purposes and benefits of meditation
the difference between meditation and relaxation
obstacles to meditation and their antidotes
setting up a meditation session
advice for establishing a long-term meditation practice
using the benefits of meditation in everyday living
breathing meditations such as counting the breath and nine-round breathing
mindfulness meditations such as scanning the body, bare attention, mind like the sky, and mind like the ocean
visualization meditations such as body of light and purification with light
analytical meditations such as meditation on equanimity and transforming negative experiences into positive ones
Monday, February 17th 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Led by Rowena
Dzambhala is an emanation of Ratnasambhava, one of the five buddha families, whose enlightened activity is increasing and whose essence is generosity. Some people practice Dzambhala to achieve spiritual prosperity, although this deity is also associated with wealth and prosperity in the material world. Dzambhala practice is said to bring wealth, prosperity, success, good fortune and luck,long life and wisdom. He is depicted holding a mongoose spouting jewels.
There are five different wealth Dzambhala, each has their own practice and mantra to help eliminate poverty and create financial stability.
Through the power of compassionate intention, visualization, and mantra recitation, as well as a wealth-stimulating ritual, this practice ripens and enhances our karma for an abundance of resources. When done with single-pointed concentration and faith, this ritual easily increases one's financial prosperity.