Meditation in Reading and the Thames Valley

Chanted meditations or prayers, known as ‘pujas,’ are special methods for purifying negativity, accumulating merit and receiving blessings. They helps us to develop and maintain a positive mind, and are a powerful preparation for meditation.

Our main practice is Wishfulfilling Jewel, which includes time for silent meditation. The community comes together for these prayers most days from 7.30 – 8.30pm, and you are welcome to join us.

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

Weekly Puja Schedule

Descriptions of individual pujas are presented below this schedule.

PUJAS DAYS TIME
Wishfullfilling Jewel Fridays & Saturdays 7.30 – 8.30pm
Wishfullfilling Jewel with tsog Sundays 7.30 – 8.30pm
Heart Jewel Monday – Thursday Monday 4 – 5pm / Tues – Thur 5.30 – 6.30pm
Quick Path (HYT only) Mondays to Friday 7 – 8.30am
Prostrations Mondays to Friday 6.30 – 7am
Precepts 15th of the Month 6.30am
Tara 8th of the Month Varies
Melodious Drum 29th of the Month Varies
Offering to Spiritual Guide 10th & 25th of the Month Varies

Please note: times may change when other events take place. Please contact the centre before attending.

Wishfulfilling Jewel

A Guru yoga practice combined with meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment (Lamrim), and prayers to the Dharma Protector. Wishfulfilling Jewel pujas on Sundays include a Tsog, or food, offering: feel free to bring offerings if you wish.

Heart Jewel

The Heart Jewel practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part of the session, we practice the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, and accumulate merit. This prepares our mind for a 15-minute guided meditation based on The New Meditation Handbook. In the second part of the practice, we rely upon the Wisdom Dharma Protector, which helps us to overcome obstacles to our spiritual practice and creates favorable conditions.

Vajrayogini Practice: Quick Path

A Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini open only to those who have received the appropriate empowerment.

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.

Melodious Drum

A ceremony for fulfilling and restoring the commitments of the Dharma Protector, open to all.

 

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