CHANTED PRAYERS / RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Join us for our daily, weekly and monthly prayer sessions – These are always free of charge

See our Calendar for our current schedule of prayers

Chanted Prayers or “Puja in Sanskrit” are an important element of our spiritual training. These help to still our mind and enable us to receive blessings from enlightened beings.

This helps to create the best internal conditions for our meditation practice to bear fruit. 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.

We also dedicate for those who are sick or recently deceased during the tsog pujas, please send us an email if you would like a dedication to be made for someone.

“In general, prayers made by an assembly of many practitioners are very powerful and cannot be compared to the prayers of one or two people.

The scriptures give the analogy of a broom. If we try to clean a floor with a few bristles we shall make little progress, but if we gather many bristles to make a broom we shall be successful.” 

VENERABLE GESHE KELSANG GYATSO

Heart Jewel

Each Monday and Tuesday @4:30pm (45mins) free to attend.

This is the heart practice that many sincere kadampa practitioners do as a daily practice.

It includes special practices for relying on our Spiritual Guide, for overcoming obstacles and creating favourable conditions for our spiritual practice.

It included 15 minutes for lamrim meditation on the stages of the path to Enlightenment.  The first part of the meditation is guided and then you have 10 minutes of silence to continue meditating.

You can read more about Heart Jewel here

Download a practice booklet

Tara Prayers

8th of the month – 45 mins *check calendar as times change

Attend one session of Tara for free in person at the centre in Aberdeen or participate in any of the 6 sessions live streamed from Manjushri centre

Join hundreds of people around the world for this powerful online puja at which we recite Liberation from Sorrow, Prayers and Requests to the 21 Taras and deeply request the Blessed Mother to bestow her blessings on all living beings so that all sickness and other obstacles are quickly removed. Everyone is welcome to join in.

This puja is recited six times in the 24-hour period beginning at 02:00 UK time, with the Praises recited seven times in each session. Join as many sessions as you wish.

Download a practice booklet.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG) with tsog

10th and 25th of the month (2 hours) *check calendar as times change

Free to attend in person at the Aberdeen Centre.

This is a very special, treasured and blessed practice of relying upon our Spiritual Guide.  It includes beautiful prayers to gain the realisations of all the essential practices of the stages of the path and training the mind, as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra and is a preliminary practice for training in Mahamudra.

There is a reading and dedication during the practice.

The practice includes a tsog offering, you can set out a vegetarian food offering if you wish.  These are normally enjoyed together afterwards.

Download a practice booklet.

Melodious Drum – Protector Day

29th of each month  *check calendar as times change

Free to attend in person at the Aberdeen Centre.

Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their positive wishes and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities.

This extensive practice is usually performed once a month and is used for fulfill our heart commitment to practise Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra and to rely upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, regarding him as inseparable from our Spiritual Guide and Buddha, and for restoring any degenerate or broken commitments we may have incurred.

Also included are Praise to Manjushri, the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, self-generation as Heruka, and the ritual for fulfilling and restoring our commitments with other Dharma Protectors.

Download a practice booklet.

Precepts

15th of each month @6.30am (1 hr)

Free to attend in person at the Aberdeen Centre

Precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta motivation. The essence of the practice is to take eight promises and keep them purely for a period of 24 hours. On this special day we take vows to abandon: killing; stealing; sexual activity; lying; taking intoxicants; sitting on a high or luxurious throne or seat; wearing jewellery, perfume, or make-up; singing or dancing; and eating more than one meal (lunch at 12.30pm).

There are many benefits – it helps us solve our day to day problems, creates powerful positive karma, purifies negative karma & bad habits and accumulates merit bringing us closer to the happiness of Enlightenment.

Download a practice booklet.

Other practices on request

In addition to the above practices we can also organise and officiate at ceremonies for the recently deceased.  Please email us for more info.