Everybody is welcome to our daily group prayers. These are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help to still our mind, connect with the Buddhas, and receive blessings. Below is the list of the group prayer sessions we practice together at the Center. (Currently while the Center is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are streaming many prayer sessions. For correct dates and times of prayers and links to the streaming sessions, check this page or our calendar.
By engaging in the Guru Yoga practiced in conjunction with Je Tsongkhapa we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, and attain a very special compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength.
By relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our spiritual realizations. These two practices are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. This puja includes a 10-minute silent meditation. (1 hour)
OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE
Held on the 10th and 25th of the month (check calendar for exact dates and times)
This is a special chanted prayer requesting our Spiritual Guide to increase our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power. This practice includes a tsog offering. For tsog pujas, we gather together to pray and make special offerings. We can do this in our homes in front of our shrine or imagine these offerings.(2 hours)
LONG PROTECTOR PRAYERS
(While we are currently closed we offer Wishfulfilling Jewel w/tsog instead of Long Protector Prayers)
Held on the 29th of the month
This is a monthly practice of making offerings and requesting the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, to remove obstacles and to gather all favorable conditions for our spiritual practice. This practice includes a tsog offering. For tsog pujas, we gather together to pray and make special offerings. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian food offering if you wish. (3.5 hours)
Powa Ceremony (for the recently deceased)
Powa, or transference of consciousness, is a profound method for transferring the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of Buddha. After a person dies and before they take their next rebirth, there is an opportunity for those who have some connection with them to guide their consciousness’ away from the painful rebirths of samsara and into the pure lands, worlds created by minds experiencing things in a pure way.
Powa Ceremony, a beautiful and powerful ritual practice drawn from the Buddhist tantras, enables us to benefit the deceased by coming together as a group and making prayers and offerings on their behalf. Then, through the power of our compassionate intention, strong prayer, and concentration on the practice, we transfer the consciousness of the deceased to the Pure Land of the Buddha of Compassion so that they will experience a pure and lasting peace and finally be freed from the painful cycling of suffering and it’s causes.
GREEN TARA GROUP PRAYERS (“LIBERATION FROM SORROW”)
Held on the 8th of each month
At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the 8th of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha whose name means ‘Rescuer’. She is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. (45 minutes)
EIGHT MAHAYANA PRECEPTS – A PURE LIFE
Held on the 15th of the month usually at 6:30 am
Please contact us at epc@MeditateInSanFrancisco.org or call (415) 503-1187 if you wish to take precepts.
The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
The essence of this practice is taking eight precepts and keeping them purely for twenty-four hours. We first need to receive these precepts from a qualified Preceptor, and then we can take them on our own as often as we wish. Instructions on both these methods are included in this prayer booklet. Because this practice is motivated by bodhichitta it is especially powerful for purifying negativities, accumulating merit—a positive strength of mind—and creating the cause for us to attain the unsurpassed happiness of enlightenment.