Chanted Prayers (Pujas)
Experience a different side of Kadampa Meditation Center Madison.
Join us for our daily meditation prayers, weekly & monthly Pujas.
Pujas (chanted prayers) are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to still our mind, connect with enlightened beings, and receive blessings. Below is a list of the pujas we practice together at the Center. Please check the online calendar for any schedule changes. All pujas are free of charge. Everyone welcome.
Heart Jewel with Lamrim Meditation
This practice is held Tuesday-Friday 5-6 PM. Check calendar.
A special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the condensed sadhana of his Dharma Protector and a short guided mediation on Lamrim. This puja includes two practices revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. The first is a special Guru yoga in which we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa, who himself is a manifestation of Manjushri.
By relying upon this practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. In this way, we will naturally accomplish all the realizations of the stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra, and in particular we will attain a very special Dharma wisdom. (1 hour)
For the Recently Deceased
This practice is generally held the first Saturday of every month 5-6 PM. Check calendar for exact date and time.
Every month we hold a special ceremony to help those who have recently died experience peace of mind after death and be cared for by the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara. During this ceremony we engage in the traditional Buddhist practice of “Powa” or transference of consciousness in conjunction with the prayers, “Powa Ceremony”. (1 hour)
Liberation from Sorrow
This practice is held on the 8th of each month. Check calendar for time.
At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means “Rescuer”. She is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. Everyone is welcome and invited to join us for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow. (1 hour)
Medicine Buddha Prayers
Medicine Buddha represents the healing power of all Buddhas. By relying upon Medicine Buddha we can heal the inner sickness of our delusions as well as the outer sicknesses of illness. We can engage in this practice on behalf of ourselves, or on behalf of others who may be suffering. (1 hour)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
With Food Offering (Tsog)
This practice is held on the 10th and 25th of the month. Check calendar for time.
This is a special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra that is a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra. The main practice is relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests, but it also includes 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. By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (2 hours)
with Food Offering (Tsog)
This practice is held on the 29th of each month. Check calendar for time
In the first part of this practice, we visualize Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, and accumulate merit. This prepares our mind for a period of silent meditation on the Lamrim, or stages of the path. The second part of this practice contains prayers to the wisdom Buddha and Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, to help us overcome obstacles to our practice. This practice includes a tsog offering so you can bring a vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (1.5 hours)