Group Practice & Meditation Prayers

All group practices and prayers are offered in-person at Heruka Center. They are free, and everyone is welcome.

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Mahayana Precepts - a 24-hour purification practice

The 15th of every month, 6:15-6:45am

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This is a precious and powerful practice that purifies negative karma and produces positive karma (good fortune) for our future. Buddha realized that all living beings’ suffering comes from their previous negative karma, and so he taught special practices to purify it.

It is traditionally done at daybreak on the 15th of every month. It takes the form of a short session of chanted prayers and meditations, with the guidance of a preceptor.

When we take the eight Mahayana precepts, we explicitly promise to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions:

  • Killing
  • Stealing
  • Sexual activity
  • Lying
  • Taking intoxicants
  • Eating after lunch
  • Sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats
  • Wearing ornaments, perfume, etc, and singing and dancing, etc.

These eight, however, are merely symbolic, for in reality we promise to abstain from all non-virtuous actions for twenty-four hours. On this day we only eat one meal, if possible between 12-1pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend this early morning session and participate in this very meaningful day.  It is recommended to treat this day like a special spiritual day of retreat where, even if we have many things to do, we mentally focus on making every activity meaningful and refrain from meaningless, ordinary activities that often clutter our day and mind.

Prayers for the Deceased (Powa)—Prayers to Avalokiteshvara

Held on the last Wednesday of each month, 5:30-6:30pm
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In this transference of consciousness, through concentration, compassion, faith, prayers, and mantras the participants assist in directing the consciousness of the recently deceased directly to the Pure Land, where they will be free from suffering and experience true happiness forevermore.

You can download a copy of the Prayers for the Deceased (Powa) here.

Heart Jewel

Thursdays, 5:30-6:15pm
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Heart Jewel practice is the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism - it is the daily practice for Kadampa Buddhists.

The first part of the prayers are within the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, in which we purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, and cultivate compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. In the second part we make requests to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to overcome obstacles and create favorable conditions for spiritual practice.

This puja includes a 10-minute silence for Lamrim meditation and a 2-minute silence for Mahamudra meditation.

Wishfulfilling Jewel

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am - with offerings
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Wishfulfilling Jewel is a special practice for developing compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength by relying on the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and for overcoming obstacles and difficulties in our meditation (Dharma) practice by relying on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. It is a longer version of Heart Jewel performed with offerings to further increase our merit and remove our obstacles to spiritual progress.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

10th & 25th each month
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This is a special practice of relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests, but it also contains beautiful essential instructions on all the stages of the path to enlightenment and training the mind, as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.

We also make specific prayers for our friends, family members, Sangha, and others who are suffering or have died. This practice includes a tsog (food) offering which you can virtually engage in through your imagination.

You can download a copy of the Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers here.

Melodious Drum
Extensive Prayers to Dorje Shugden

29th Each Month
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This monthly practice takes place on or close to the 29th of each month, so-called Protector Day, and consists principally of prayers to our Dharma Protector, the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden.

A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from attaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice.

Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector, which means he specializes in helping us keep our minds off delusions and on Dharma. One way he does this is by helping us transform all appearances into the spiritual path, opening our wisdom eyes so that we know what to do with each situation as it arises, generating Dharma minds such as renunciation, compassion, or wisdom.

This practice includes a tsog offering, so you can imagine a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish.

You can download a copy of the Melodious Drum Prayers here.

Dakini Yoga

Sundays, 2:30-3:30pm, in-person
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Bring your HYT implements!

Dakini Yoga is a self-generation practice of Vajrayogini, the female Buddha who is the manifestation of the wisdom of all Buddhas. This practice is open to those with the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini only.

This sequence of chanted prayers and meditations, guides us to mentally transform ordinary appearances into the appearances of a Buddha, which is a special method for attaining spiritual realizations.

It is also a six-session yoga – a simple but powerful daily practice for maintaining all Tantric commitments for those who have received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Heruka and Vajrayogini.

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