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New Years Day Purification Vajrasattva Puja and 35 confession Buddhas

Event Date: 
January 1, 2018 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

New Years Day Purification Practice with Geshe Samdup

January 1, 2018 (Native Women's Centre)

Geshe Samdup has kindly agreed to join us and will offer instruction in Vajrasattva and the 35 Confession Buddhas. Geshe-la will also be giving refuge precepts for anyone wishing to stay and take refuge.

Time: 1:00-4:00 Purification instruction and practice

4:00-5:00 Refuge precepts for those who wish to take them for the first time or renew them

Bring in the New Year by purifying old, negative actions and habits, and reflecting upon what you would like to change in the coming year. On new years day, please join us to do the two powerful purification practices of the 35 confession Buddhas and Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification. We will also make positive aspirations and intentions for the benifit of ourselves and others.

By practicing Vajrasattva Puja and the 35 confession Buddhas we eliminate or neutralise karmic seeds and imprints created through our past negative actions, speech and thought patterns. We engage in these purification practices not only to help ourselves but with the altruistic motivation of purifying our karma in order to attain enlightenment quickly so as to benefit sentient beings. This intent strengthens our practice and propels us forward in our spiritual quest. This event is by donation.

The Power of the Names of the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas

 

Refuge: Refuge in Buddhism is a ceremony, a commitment, and a statement of faith.  The rituals of the ceremony may vary slightly according to the teacher, but the core element is the practitioner’s commitment to seeking liberation from suffering. The triple gem in which one takes refuge is the Buddha, the Dharma (the teachings/path), and the Sangha (the Sangha jewel one takes refuge in is strictly the community of monks and nuns; in the West, the term sangha has also become common parlance for a community of practitioners).  

More information on taking refuge and the 5 Lay vows

 

 

 

Guru Puja

Event Date: 
November 27, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Guru Puja

If you are able to do the practice of Guru Puja in your daily life, it contains all the important points of sutra and tantra. It is a complete practice, like hitting a target, so you should attempt to integrate everything in this way. If you do this practice you don’t miss anything. This practice of Guru Puja is very profound, with many extra benefits, and is very quick to bring enlightenment. The lam-rim prayer in Guru Puja has lam-rim, thought transformation and, after the six perfections, the generation and completion stages of tantra. There are verses that show those paths (excerpt from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche).

Tara Puja

Event Date: 
November 12, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 

Tara The Liberator  

Tara the Liberator, liberating us from samsara. Tara, the feminine aspect of the Buddha.  The Four Mandala Offerings to Cittamani Tara is a great way to clear away obstacles to work, relationships, and disharmony in your life. 

 

“There are so many inner obstacles to the development of your mind, and these inner obstacles create many outer obstacles. Therefore, for the success of your Dharma practice, of your actualizing the graduated path to enlightenment, you must rely upon a special deity, or Buddha, such as Tara.”
- Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche; Kopan Monastery, May 1987

Guru Puja

Event Date: 
October 23, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 

Guru Puja

If you are able to do the practice of Guru Puja in your daily life, it contains all the important points of sutra and tantra. It is a complete practice, and it shows the palm [which means the heart] of the instruction of the ear-lineage of Ganden. This practice of Guru Puja is very profound, with many extra benefits, and is very quick to bring enlightenment. The lam-rim prayer, the prayer of the steps of the path to enlightenment, in Guru Puja has lam-rim and also lo-jong, or thought transformation.

Medicine Buddha Puja

Event Date: 
November 11, 2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Link to Mandala article on the practice of Medicine Buddha.

The Medicine Buddha Puja

The Medicine Buddhas dedicate their powerful blessing to helping us with the suffering of illness and injury; but also to help us with many of the challenge of daily life, and also to help those who are dying or who have recentl died.  Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends Medicine Buddha practice for helping for all kinds of success, spiritual and worldly.  You can read more of the very beneficial results of Medicine Buddha practice in the following links; as taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  

Vegatarian Potluck to follow at 1:00 PM

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Book Club - A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa

Event Date: 
Repeats every 4 weeks until Mon Feb 06 2017 .
January 9, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
February 6, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Club - A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa

The book Club will be continuing in 2017 starting on Monday, January 9th. We welcome all to attend whether or not you have read the book or attended previous sessions. The emphasis will be on practicing the meditations on compassion featured in "A Fearless Heart," with discussion in between. These practices are based on traditional Buddhist meditations that were modified by Thubten Jinpa and adjusted to better suit the western mind.  

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