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 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.
About the pujas
Free Meditation and Prayers
Prayers for World Peace
Each session includes a short teaching, guided meditations and inspiring prayers to uplift the mind and make a positive contribution to our world.
Sundays, 5pm – 6.15pm
Class dates: running from Sep 27 until Dec 8
Sep 27; Oct 4, 11, 18
No class Oct 25
Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Dec 6
Free class, donations welcome.
Wishfulfilling JewelA 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.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
A special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa that is related to Highest Yoga Tantra, and forms a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra.
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.
Tara prayersTara 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 CeremonyIn 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 Prayers
Medicine Buddha PrayersMedicine 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.
Vajrayogini Quick Path
Vajrayogini Quick PathA special Tantric ceremony for people who have received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Vajrayogini.
Vajrayogini Self-IinitiationA 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.
PreceptsPrecept 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.
“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