Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
“Chanting is very helpful for us. It helps us develop a happy mind of appreciation and faith.”
~Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Chanted prayers are an important element of our spiritual training. Practiced sincerely, they quiet our mind and help us to connect with enlightened beings in order to receive deep blessings. Each prayer emphasizes a different aspect of our practice and may include meditation, visualization and mantra recitation. Below is the list of the chanted prayers we practice at the Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.
There is no cost for attendance. Please check our calendar for the exact time of the chanted prayers. And check here for our Summer 2018 schedule for Chanted Prayers.
This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, accumulate positive energy and receive blessings. This prepares our mind for a 15-minute meditation on one of the 21 Stages of the Path to Enlightenment or Lamrim.
After the meditation, we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. We make requests to overcome all inner and outer obstacles to our Dharma practice, and for the creation of favourable conditions that nurture and increase our Dharma realizations. (45 minutes with meditation, 30 minutes without) We hold this almost every week on Thursdays at 4:30 pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel without tsog offering
An extended version of Heart Jewel (see description above) which also includes a dharma reading. We hold this almost every week on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Come join us. (1 hour, no meditation)
Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog offering
An extended version of Heart Jewel (see description above) at which we make a tsog (food) offering. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (1 hour 15 min, no meditation)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide – 10th and 25th of the month
The main practice here is relying upon our Spiritual Guide visualized in the aspect of Je Tsongkhapa, and making praises and requests. This chanted prayer also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path to enlightenment, training the mind, and the two stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. Through engaging in this practice of “guru yoga”, our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power naturally increase. This chanted prayer includes a tsog (food) offering. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (1.5 hours)
Melodious Drum – 29th of the month
This monthly practice consists principally of prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from attaining spiritual realizations, and to gather the conditions needed for their practice.
Dorje Shugden helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes and bestowing success on their virtuous activities. This practice includes a tsog (food) offering. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (3.5 hours)
Liberation From Sorrow – 8th of the month
At Kadampa Centres worldwide, the 8th day of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha whose name means Rescuer; she is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our virtuous wishes.
Buddha Tara’s serene presence touches our heart and blessing our mind. Through receiving her compassionate blessings we awaken our potential to become a Buddha of compassion just like her. Everyone is welcome to join us for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow. (1 hour)
Mahayana Precepts, A Pure Life – 15th of the month
The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with a strong motivation to benefit others. In this practice we take 8 precepts and vow to keep them purely for a period of 24 hours. In so doing, we train in the practice of pure moral discipline and give our human life great meaning. (30 minutes)
Powa Practice – Once a month on a Sunday morning
Transference of consciousness or ‘Powa’ in Tibetan, is a practice for transferring the consciousness to a Pure Land at the time of death. We understand that throughout this world countless human beings and animals die every day from so many different causes. If these living beings have the opportunity to take rebirth in a Buddha’s Pure Land, they will attain permanent liberation from suffering and experience pure and everlasting happiness.
Our practice of this powa offers them this precious opportunity. By engaging in this practice, we ourselves will create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to the Pure Land of a Buddha. (45 minutes)
The Great Mother
Although we all wish to be happy, again and again we find our attainment of happiness frustrated by obstacles or hindrances – both external and internal. When our mind is filled with negative thoughts and delusions, such as attachment, anger and ignorance, we experience great harm and suffering. They prevent us from maintaining a peaceful mind, and also destroy whatever happiness we may have gained. This practice contains a special method for averting and overcoming hindrances in general and the ‘mara’ or ‘demon’ of delusions in particular that involves the recitation and contemplation of the Essence of Wisdom Sutra, or Heart Sutra. It can be performed either for one’s own sake or for the benefit of others.
Quick Path to Great Bliss
Participants require Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment. These prayers and meditations are the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Buddha Vajrayogini, containing all the essential practices of Secret Mantra.
Vajrayogini is a female Highest Yoga Tantra Deity who is the embodiment of indivisible bliss and emptiness. The instruction of Vajrayogini is the most profound teaching of Highest Yoga Tantra; it is the supreme method for purifying our environment, body and mind.
We hold this almost every Tuesday at 9 am. (90 minutes)
Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls
In our previous lives, while under the influence of deluded minds, we created a great deal of negative karma, and we also transgressed our commitments and incurred root and secondary downfalls. As a result, we now experience difficulties in developing faith and conviction in Dharma and in making progress on the stages of the path to enlightenment. Moreover, if we do not purify all this negativity while we have the chance, we shall have to experience great suffering in the future. One of the best methods for purifying negativities and downfalls is the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps, otherwise known as The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls.
There is no cost for attendance for any chanted prayers.
Please check our calendar for the exact time of the chanted prayers.