Livestream from Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia in Melbourne
Everyone is welcome to join us via livestream for chanted prayers, or pujas, throughout each week. Each prayer practice has a particular purpose and benefits both ourself and all living beings. Please see below for more information. You can also email us with any questions.
Each week, we make special Tsog offerings with Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers. Wishfulfilling Jewel is a special practice for developing compassion, wisdom and spiritual strength by relying upon the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and for overcoming obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by relying upon his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These two practices are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. If we practise these regularly and sincerely, we will develop pure Dharma realisations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment. Prayer booklet available to purchase from Tharpa Publications.
On the 10th and 25th of each month, Kadampas around the world engage in Offering to the Spiritual Guide. This beautiful practice, compiled by the first Panchen Lama, is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra. The main practice is meditation on reliance upon our Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong). By relying upon our Spiritual Guide as one with Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, spiritual power, and especially our wisdom will naturally increase. Prayer booklet available to purchase from Tharpa Publications.
Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Her name means Rescuer, because she rescues us from all outer and inner fears. Ultimately she rescues us from all suffering and guides us to full enlightenment. Like a mother she protects us from all internal and external dangers; she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path. These prayers include praises to the twenty-one manifestations of Tara. Because these are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha, they are particularly powerful and blessed. Prayer booklet available to purchase from Tharpa Publications.
Through practising transference of consciousness, known as Powa, with faith, compassion and concentration we can transfer the consciousness of those recently deceased to a higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha. The Powa Ceremony can be done either by a group of practitioners or individually on behalf of one or more deceased persons, or countless deceased beings. By engaging in this practice we also create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to a Buddha’s Pure Land.