• 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
Tuesday Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog 5:00 – 6:00pm
Thursday Wishfulfilling Jewel 5:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday Wishfulfilling Jewel 2:00 – 3:00pm

Temple – Special Prayers

Monthly on 8 Tara Prayers Various
Monthly on  10 & 25 Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog Various
Monthly on 29 Melodious Drum Protector Puja Various
Monthly Powa prayers Various
* Please call the centre for times

Weekly Chanted Practices in Kensington 

Day Prayers Time
Monday Heart Jewel with 15 minute silence for meditation 4.30 – 5.30pm
Wednesdays Heart Jewel with 15 minutes silence for meditation 5:00 – 6.00pm

Kensington – Special Prayers

Monthly on the 8th Tara Prayers Various
Monthly on 10 & 25 Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Tsog Various
Monthly on 29 Melodious Drum Various
Monthly Powa Prayers Various
* Please call the centre for times

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 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 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 a food 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 it is traditional, but not required, to bring a white offering of 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 the 29th of the month, Protector Day, which is a special day in the Buddhist calendar.  Please feel free to come to all or part of this puja if you wish.  It is customary but not required to bring a food offering to this event.