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Chanted Prayers (Pujas)

Chanted prayers (pujas) are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to connect with enlightened beings, accumulate merit, purify negativity and receive blessings. Below are some of the prayers that we practice together at KMC Fraser Valley.

All prayers are free of charge. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to request prayers to be said for anyone, please use the form on this page, and we will dedicate for the person or animal in our chanted prayer sessions.

To access the calendar to find out when chanted prayers are scheduled, click the link below:

To attend the prayers on Zoom, click the button below

Prayer request form

Heart Jewel with Lamrim meditation

Prayers for wisdom, compassion and spiritual protection

Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 9:00am
Please check our calendar to make sure they are on today!

Click here to access the prayers

Heart Jewel includes two practices: Prayers to our Spiritual Guide visualized as the wisdom Buddha, Je Tsongkhapa, during which we purify negativity, accumulate merit and receive blessings. There is a 15-minute pause for a Lamrim meditation lightly guided by Gen Delek. You can find these meditations in The New Meditation Handbook. There is also a 5-minute pause for receiving our Spiritual Guide’s blessings after the meditation.

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.

By relying upon this practice, we will naturally gain authentic, heart-felt experience of our meditations, and in particular we will attain a very special Dharma wisdom. 

The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Heart Jewel.

Here is a recording of Heart Jewel made in the KMCFV meditation room. You can access it any time you want.

It is one hour long, and has 2 pauses for silent meditation: 15 minutes for Lamrim meditation and 5 minutes for receiving the Guru’s blessings.

Enjoy!

Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog

Prayers for wisdom, compassion and spiritual protection

Sundays, 11:00am – 12noon
Please check our calendar to make sure they’re on this Sunday!

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This practice is similar to Heart Jewel except that instead of a 15-minute meditation we make a tsog offering, an offering of food and drink to the enlightened beings, enjoyed by everyone after the prayers.

These prayers are essential for creating a strong Dharma practice and a strong Dharma community.

The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Wishfulfilling Jewel.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

Prayers to our spiritual guide

On the 10th and 25th of the month (1.5 hours)
Times are on our calendar

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The practice of relying upon a Spiritual Guide, or ‘Guru Yoga’, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa. The main practice is developing a special view of our Spiritual Guide as the wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and making offerings, praises and requests to him. Because Je Tsongkhapa has qualities of compassion, wisdom and spiritual power, by relying upon him these same qualities in us naturally increase. 

This practice includes beautiful and inspiring verses on the stages of the path (Lamrim), training the mind (Lojong), and the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. It also includes a tsog offering – offerings of food and drink that are enjoyed by everyone after the prayers.

The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Offering to the Spiritual Guide.

Powa Ceremony

Prayers for those who have recently died

Once a month, usually at the end of the month (45 minutes)
You’ll the find the date and time on our calendar

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Every month we hold a special ceremony for all those who have recently died, including animals and insects. It is a traditional Buddhist practice of “Powa” or transference of consciousness, whereby we pray for the consciousness of the deceased to be transferred to Avalokiteshvara’s Pure Land, or heaven.    

The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Powa Ceremony.

Tara Prayers

For the welfare of the world

Special Tara week at KMC Fraser Valley: May 7 – 14

Create some special causes for our precious Dharma Centre in these uncertain times!

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has requested that we organize a week of Tara practice (Liberation from Sorrow) for our Centre. We hope as many people as possible can join together online to make prayers and receive the powerful and swift blessings of Arya Tara.

We will start on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 by joining Manjushri Centre in England and hundreds of people around the world for their monthly 24-hour Tara chanting practice for the welfare of the world.

Following this, we will continue offering Tara practice once daily, livestreamed from KMCFV.

Schedule

Friday, May 7 | 6pm and 10pm
Saturday, May 8 | 2am, 6am, 10am, 2pm
These sessions will be 1 hour 10 minutes long.

Sunday, May 9 | 11am
Monday, May 10 | 6am
Tues – Fri, May 11-14 | 8am
These sessions will be 50 minutes long.

Use this button for Friday 7th & Saturday 8th:

Use this button for Sunday 9th – Friday 14th:

Use this button any time for a recorded session of Liberation from Sorrow (50 minutes)

All sessions will be using the prayer booklet called Liberation from Sorrow, available from Tharpa Publications or come and borrow a copy from KMCFV in Abbotsford. Email Judy epc@kmcfv.ca to arrange to pick it up.

(This is our normal information about 24-hour Tara chanting. Please see special info above for May 7-14)

8th of every month (1 hour 10 minutes)

At Kadampa Centres worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha whose name means “Rescuer.” She is the embodiment of swift wisdom. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes.

During the pandemic, the Kadampa Temple for World Peace at Manjushri KMC is live-streaming a 24-hour Tara Puja for the welfare of the world on the 8th day of every month. Everyone is welcome to join hundreds of people worldwide for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow. 

The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Liberation from Sorrow.