Chanted prayers at Heruka Centre

The chanted prayers at Heruka Centre, known as ‘pujas’, follow a range of Buddhist prayer booklets prepared by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and published by Tharpa Publications. These prayer booklets, known as sadhanas, can also be used for individual practice and are available from tharpa.co.uk.

Engaging in pujas is a special method for purifying negativity, accumulating

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merit and receiving blessings. It helps us to develop and maintain a positive mind, and is a powerful preparation for meditation.

Everyone is welcome to attend all the pujas apart from Highest Yoga Tantra pujas, which are for practitioners only. There is no need to book, and no fee.

Weekly puja schedule

  Morning Afternoon/Evening
Monday   5.30pm - 6.30pm: WFJ
Tuesday 9.15am - 11.15am: QP 7pm - 8pm: WFJ
Wednesday 9.15am - 11.15am: QP 4.30pm - 5.30pm: WFJ
Thursday 9.15am - 11.15am: QP 5.30pm - 6.30pm: WFJ
Friday   5.30pm - 6.30pm: WFJ *
Saturday   5.30pm - 6.45pm: WFJ **
Sunday   3pm - 4pm: POS
(sometimes starts 2.30pm)

* If there is an event on Friday evening, please call the Centre to check the alternative time of the WFJ puja - 020 8455 7563.
** WFJ with Tsog offering (see schedule below for description of tsog pujas)
Please note: times may change when other events take place. Please contact the centre before attending - 020 8455 7563.


Read explanations of the Pujas
EOGF: Essence of Good Fortune
Prayers for the six preparatory practices of the stages of the path to enlightenment. The supreme method for accumulating merit, purifying negativities and receiving the blessings of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Spiritual Guides.

WFJ: Wishfulfilling Jewel
A Guru yoga practice combined with meditation on the path to enlightenment (Lamrim) and prayers to the Dharma Protector. These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. If we practise them regularly and sincerely, we shall reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment.

POS: Prayers on Sundays
These short prayers, dedicated to World Peace, are chanted from a different sadhana each week, emphasising different practices such as increasing our wisdom, or spiritual power. Held most Sundays, please contact the centre before attending - 020 8455 7563. For a schedule, please see the Prayers on Sundays timetable below.

QP: Vajrayogini Quick Path
A Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini, containing all the essential practices of Secret Mantra. Open only to those who have received the appropriate empowerment.

 

Prayers on Sundays

Medicine BuddhaThese beautiful prayers are dedicated to World Peace and follow a different sadhana each week. While different with respect to the Buddha each relates to, each sadhana helps us to engage in the essential practices of accumulating merit and wisdom, purifying negativity and receiving the blessings of the holy beings. Everybody is welcome.

Prayers on Sundays
Date Puja Time
Sun 16 Mar Medicine Buddha puja 3pm - 4pm
Sun 30 Mar Tara puja 3pm - 4pm
Sun 6 April Powa puja 3pm - 4pm
Sun 20 April Avalokiteshvara puja 3pm - 4pm
Sun 27 April Medicine Buddha puja 3pm - 4pm

Please call Heruka Centre to confirm that these pujas are taking place as sometimes they are postponed or rescheduled.


Read explanations of the Pujas
Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog puja
A Guru yoga practice combined with meditation on the path to enlightenment (Lamrim) and prayers to the Dharma Protector. These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. If we practise them regularly and sincerely, we shall reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment.

Avalokiteshvara puja
Avalokiteshvara is an enlightened being who is a manifestation of all Buddhas' compassion. If we rely sincerely upon Avalokiteshvara and recite his mantra with strong faith, temporarily we will improve our realizations of the stages of the path, especially our realization of great compassion, and ultimately we will attain supreme Buddhahood in Avalokiteshvara's Pure Land, the Pure Land of Bliss. Find out about Precept days held on 15th day of each month.

Tara puja
Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. If we rely upon Mother Tara sincerely and with strong faith she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfil all our wishes. If we recite the twenty-one verses of praise we shall receive inconceivable benefits. Find out about Tara pujas held on 8th day of each month.

Powa puja
In general, transference of consciousness, or powa, involves the mind leaving the body and going to a higher state through the force of meditation. This special powa practice has the same function as Vajrayogini’s uncommon yoga of inconceivability; through this training we can attain a Buddha’s Pure Land such as Pure Dakini Land without abandoning this human body.

Medicine Buddha puja
Medicine Buddha is a Buddha Doctor whose function is to release living beings from outer and inner sickness by bestowing blessings upon them. By practising the sadhana of Medicine Buddha sincerely, we receive a special power of body, speech, and mind, which we can then use to help others through healing actions. Therefore, we should practise this sadhana purely and sincerely.

 

Tsog puja schedule

Je TsongkhapaTsog offering pujas are ceremonies that involve making offerings of food and drink to the Buddhas in conjunction with prayers and meditation. They are an excellent method for accumulating merit, purifying negativity and receiving blessings.


Tsog Pujas
Sat 15 Mar Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog) 10.30am - 11.45am
Fri 21 Mar Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog) 5.30pm - 6.45pm
Tue 25 Mar Offering to Spiritual Guide 10am - 11.45am
Sat 29 Mar Melodious Drum (Kangso) 9.30am - 1.15pm
Mon 31 Mar Self-Initiation * 8.30am - 12.45pm
Sat 5 Apr Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog) Held in Brighton
Sat 5 Apr Offering to Spiritual Guide - NKT day 10.30am - 12.15pm
Thur 10 Apr Offering to Spiritual Guide 10am - 11.45am
Sat 12 Apr Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog) 6pm - 7.15pm
Tue 15 Apr Offering to Spiritual Guide
Buddha's Enlightenment Day
7.30pm - 9.15pm
Sat 19 Apr Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog) 10.30am - 11.45am
Fri 25 Apr Offering to Spiritual Guide 7.30pm - 9.15pm
Tue 29 Apr Melodious Drum (Kangso) 9.30am - 1.15pm

* For Highest Yoga Tantra Practitioners only

Read explanations of the Pujas
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OTSG)
A special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa that is related to Highest Yoga Tantra, and forms a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra.

Vajrayogini Quick Path
A special Tantric ceremony for people who have received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Vajrayogini.

Vajrayogini Self-Iinitiation
A special Tantric ceremony for people who have received the Highest Tantra empowerment of Vajrayogini and completed a close retreat.

Melodious Drum (long protector puja)
A ceremony for fulfilling and restoring the commitments of the Dharma Protector, open to all.

Wishfulfilling Jewel (WFJ)
A Guru yoga practice combined with meditation on the path to enlightenment (Lamrim) and prayers to the Dharma Protector. These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. If we practise them regularly and sincerely, we shall reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment. Wishfulfilling Jewel pujas on other days of the week take place without a Tsog offering.

 

Precepts days

1000-arm AvalokiteshvaraPrecept days are special days to purify negative karma and emphasize keeping pure moral discipline. If you would like to know more about this special one-day practice, please contact us at Heruka Centre by emailing us at info@meditateinlondon.org.uk or calling us on 020 8455 7563.


Precepts days
Date Time
Wed 15 Jan 6.15am - 6.50am
Sat 15 Feb 6.30am - 7.30am
Sat 15 Mar 6.30am - 7.30am
Tue 15 April 6.30am - 7.30am

Read extract from 'A Pure Life' sadhana

"The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta motivation. The essence of the practice is to keep them purely for a period of twenty four-hours. By doing this practice over and over again we acquaint ourself with the practice of moral discipline and thereby make our human life meaningful."A Pure Life sadhana, published by Tharpa publications

 

Tara pujas

Green TaraThe Tara Puja, Liberation from Sorrow, which includes a special prayer Praises to the Twenty-one Taras composed by Buddha, is performed on the 8th day of each month at Heruka Centre. Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Each of the Twenty-one Taras is a manifestation of the principal Tara, Green Tara. Tara is also known as the ‘Mother of the Conquerors’.

Tara pujas
Date Time
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Read more about the practice of Green Tara
Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. When we are young we turn to our worldly mother for help. She protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all our temporal needs, and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal development. In the same way, during our spiritual growth we need to turn to our Holy Mother, Tara, for refuge. She protects us from all internal and external dangers, she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and she guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.

 

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