Please note: These prayers do not include teaching. Any meditation (when applicable) is self-guided. If you're exploring a practice for the first time, someone is always on hand who can give you a brief overview of the practice.

Weekly: --- Wishfulfilling Jewel (Sundays in Oak Park)
Dakini Yoga (Mondays in Oak Park)
Heart Jewel (multiple days and times in Oak Park and Wicker Park)
Prostrations & Purification Practice (Tuesdays through the end of June 2019)
Monthly: -- Tara Prayers (8th of the month)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (10th and 25th of the month)
Precepts (15th of the month)
Melodious Drum (29th of the month)
Yearly: -- Nyungnay (every April)

Heart Jewel Prayers

offered several times each week
Please see the calendar for a detailed schedule.

Prayers and self-guided meditations to overcome obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by developing compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. This practice is the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism, and is open to everyone.

Everyone is welcome.

Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers and Offerings

Sundays, 2pm - 3:15pm in Oak Park

Please note: Special events occasionally require cancellation of these prayers, and on special days they may be substituted with other prayers. See the calendar to check on a specific day.

Our weekly offering to the Buddhas, join us for prayers and requests to the wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa combined with offerings to the protector Buddha Dorje Shugden. If you like, feel free to bring a small offering of vegetarian food.

Everyone is welcome. Feel free to try out this practice.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers

The 10th and 25th of every month
(and occasionally on other special days throughout the year)
Please check the calendar for times and locations.

A special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa which includes the practices of relying upon the Spiritual Guide, the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra. If you like, feel free to bring a small offering of vegetarian food or non-alcoholic drink.

Open to everyone!

Melodious Drum - Long Protector Prayers

29th of the month (most months)
Please check the calendar for times and locations.

In these prayers we make the extensive, fulfilling and restoring offerings to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden as well as to the entire assembly of enlightened protectors. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring a small vegetarian food offering.

The prayers are beautiful and long so if you are unable to attend for the entire time, you may join in for any part of the prayers that you can. Even a little bit of participation is beneficial.

Tara Prayers

8th of the month
Please check the calendar for times and locations.

Join us on Tara's special day (the 8th of the month). Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Her name means "Rescuer" because she rescues us from all outer and inner fears. Ultimately she rescues us from all suffering and guides us to full enlightenment. Like a mother she protects us from all internal and external dangers; she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.

Everyone welcome.

Dakini Yoga

Mondays, 8am - 9am in Oak Park

These special prayers are open to those who have received Vajrayogini empowerment.

Prostrations & Purification Practice

Not currently scheduled

Karmic Purification

Exercise your body while purifying your mind. If you choose to, this practice includes physical prostrations. For your comfort, you may want to wear clothes that allow free movement.

In this practice, we visualize the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas and practice purification in their presence. In general, all Buddhas have the power to protect living beings from suffering and negative karma. However, because of the prayers and dedications they made while they were Bodhisattvas, these thirty-five Buddhas have a special karmic link with the human beings of this world. Through the power of their blessings and prayers, we can swiftly purify even the heaviest negative actions simply by faithfully reciting their names!

Everyone welcome!


The 15th of Every Month | 6:45am - 7:30am

The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta motivation (the supreme good heart). The essence of the practice is to take eight precepts – promising to abstain for twenty-four hours from eight actions: (1) killing, (2) stealing, (3) sexual activity, (4) lying, (5) taking intoxicants, (6) eating after lunch, (7) sitting on high or luxurious thrones or seats, and (8) wearing ornaments, perfume, singing and dancing and so forth – and to keep them purely for this period of time.

Nyungnay - Fasting and Purification Practice

Every April in Oak Park

Celebrate Buddha's Enlightenment day with one of our most blessed practices, known as Nyungnay. Based on the prayer booklet "Drop of Essential Nectar," this yearly event is a blissful method for purifying your mind.

In this practice, we vow to hold the eight Mahayana precepts and engage in three sessions of prostration and prayer to the Buddha of Compassion, Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara. The blessings we receive from this practice are immensely powerful, giving us the fuel we need to continue along the spiritual path.

Specific dates and times each year can be found in the calendar.