• Chanted Practice

    From Daily Pujas to Special Cermonies

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. Prayer, “monlam” in Tibetan, simply means “wish path”.  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.

The sessions are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. No need to book, just come along and relax.  Chanted prayers also help us create a direct connection with enlightened beings so that we can receive their special blessings, guidance, and protection as we travel along the spiritual path.

Chanted Practice Schedule.

Weekly Chanted Practices in the Temple

Day Prayers Time
Tuesdays Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog 5 – 6pm
Wednesdays & Thursdays Wishfulfilling Jewel 5:30 – 6:30pm
Fridays Wishfulfilling Jewel 5 – 6pm

Temple – Special Prayers

Tuesday 25 September Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog 4:30 – 6:15pm
Saturday 29 September Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions (Protector Day) 2:30 – 6pm
Thursday 25 October Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog – Je Tsongkhapa’s Enlightenment Day 4 – 5:45pm

Weekly Chanted Practices in Kensington 

Day Prayers Time
Mondays Heart Jewel with 15 minute silence for personal meditation 4 – 5pm
Wednesdays & Thursdays Heart Jewel with 15 minutes silence for personal meditation 5:40 – 6.30pm
Sundays Heart Jewel with 15 minutes silence for personal meditation 1 – 1:50pm

Kensington – Special Prayers

Saturday 22 September Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog – Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day 2:30 – 4:15pm
Monday 8 October Tara Prayers 2 – 2:45pm
Wednesday 10 October Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog 4:30 – 6:30pm
Monday 29 October Wishfulfilliing Jewel with Tsog (for Protector Day) 4 – 5:15pm

Everyone is welcome to attend these prayers

Wishfulfilling Jewel

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.

Offering to The Spiritual Guide Puja with Tsog Offering

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 Tsongkhapa.  We make prostrations and requests and receive profound blessings.  In this way, our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power naturally increase.  Because Je Tsongkhapa 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

Prayers to the Swift Protector, Arya Tara

Tara is an enlightened Buddha, and her name means ‘Rescuer.’ She is considered the Spiritual Mother of all the Buddhas. There are many previous accounts of Tara protecting and averting dangers and obstacles, and even today people who rely sincerely upon her will definitely receive her direct care, guidance, and protection.

Everyone is welcome to join us in these beautiful prayers and meditations.  This practice is called “Liberation from Sorrow” and printed prayer booklets are provided to follow along with.

Powa Prayers

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, Avalokiteshvara. 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 (but not required) to bring a white offering, either food, flowers, candles, etc and if you wish, we can make specific dedications for friends or relatives that have recently died.

Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions

“Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions”, or “Kangso” in Tibetan, an extended version of Wishfulfilling Jewel is 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.