Regular Practice

 


 
Sunday Pujas

 

Medicine Buddha Puja

Medicine Buddha is manifest with the healing energy of all enlightened beings. Prayers to the seven Medicine Buddhas are especially powerful because of the extensive prayers they made to benefit sentient beings. While on the bodhisattva path, they had prayed strongly to achieve the temporal and ultimate happiness of all sentient beings and vowed for their prayers to be fulfilled during times of need.

Through the power of their prayers, the Medicine Buddha Sutra states that just by reciting the names or the mantra of the Medicine Buddhas, one’s wishes will be fulfilled. The puja is arranged such that there is ample opportunity to recite the names of the seven Medicine Buddhas, as well as the name of Shakyamuni Buddha, and to meditate on the steps of the seven-branched worship that enables practitioners to accumulate the merit that we wish for.

Schedule: 1st Sunday of the month, 10.30am


 

Bhagavan, with equal compassion for all
Whose name, when merely heard, dispels the suffering of lower realms,
Dispeller of disease and the three poisons:
I prostrate to Medicine Buddha Lapis Light.

– Medicine Buddha Puja

 

Tara Puja

Tara embodies the enlightened activities of all the buddhas. Praying to and relying on Tara brings quick results for whatever we wish, from the concerns of this life, such as for the benefit of relationships, health or work, up to the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. By supplicating the compassionate qualities of Tara, one can achieve every form of happiness.

During the puja, the “21 Praises to Tara” is recited 12 times. The verses of this sacred prayer offer praise to each of the 21 Taras. Reciting the praise is extremely auspicious for invoking the swift blessings of Tara.

 

Schedule: 3rd Sunday of the month, 10.30am


 

Through Tara practice, you can obtain any happiness of this life that you wish.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

Confession and Purification Practice

The dual combination of the “Confession to the 35 Buddhas” together with Vajrasattva practice is a powerful formula that swiftly purifies the negativities that lead to problems and obstacles in our lives, and creates a flow of virtuous karma to bring forth the happiness and blessings that we wish for.

With the four opponent powers in mind, one performs prostrations while reciting the names of the 35 Buddhas and Seven Medicine Buddhas. This is followed by Vajrasattva practice with recitation of the 100-syllable mantra of Vajrasattva, completing a session where all can participate in purifying degenerated vows and commitments.

Schedule: 4th Sunday of the month, 10.30am


 

Just reciting the Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s name purifies 80,000 eons of negative karma. 80,000 eons of the cause of suffering—negative karma that is collected over that duration—is purified.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche