Prayers are special methods for generating positive states of mind and can be used as a preparation for successful meditation on any of the stages of the path to enlightenment.
Sadhanas, “ritual prayers for spiritual attainments,” contains sets of particular prayers in verse form. A sadhana is practiced by reciting the verses and contemplating their meaning. Reciting and contemplating sadhanas over time, acts as a method for attaining the realizations of a specific Buddha or Buddhist practice.
A brief description of a few of our most popular pujas is detailed below. Check the Calendar for times.
Prayer to Buddha/Liberating Prayer
Without Buddha’s kindness we would not know the real causes of happiness or the real causes of suffering.
Buddha taught us how all happiness and suffering depend upon the mind.
He showed us how to abandon those states of mind that cause suffering and cultivate those states of mind that cause happiness.
In other words, he taught us perfect methods for overcoming suffering and attaining happiness.
No one else taught us these methods. How kind Buddha is!
DEVOTIONAL PRAYERS TO NOURISH OUR PRACTICES WITH BLESSINGS
SUNDAYS: Prayers for World Peace
THURSDAYS: Wishfulfilling Jewel
FRIDAYS: Rotation of prayers to enhance our practice
10th and 25th- Offering to the Spiritual Guide
8th-Liberation from Sorrow
We offer food, drink, flowers, and other pleasant objects to the Buddhas during some pujas. You may bring nice offerings that you would give to a good friend. Plan to stay after the prayers on these days and enjoy your Sangha friends with a Tsog party and share the blessings.
The Sadhanas (prayer booklets) of Kadampa Buddhism:All the essential practices of Kadampa Buddhism are included in a series of sadhana booklets prepared by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and published by Tharpa Publications.