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Meditation Prayers

Everyone is welcome to join any of our meditation prayers, also known as pujas. These traditional Buddhist meditation prayers with beautiful and profound meaning are translated into English. Contemplating their meaning helps build a closer connection to enlightened beings and positive states of mind.

All are FREE of charge, and everyone is welcome. You do not need to be Buddhist to participate.

Instructions for accessing the live streams for these meditation prayers are at the end of this page.

Typical Schedule

We occasionally make changes due to special holidays or other factors. Please see our calendar for day-by-day details.

Daily Meditation Prayers
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Sundays * at 3pm:

Wishfulfilling Jewel

with tsog

details and livestream link

Mondays - Fridays * at 12pm:

Heart Jewel

details and livestream link

Saturdays * at 3pm:

Powa Ceremony

details and livestream link

* Except on these special days of the month:

In lieu of bringing an offering:

At meditation prayers "with tsog" (such as Wishfulfilling Jewel and Offering to the Spiritual Guide) it's traditional to bring a small offering to the Buddhas of food or non-alcoholic drink. Since that's not possible with online prayers, you can make a donation to be used toward the offerings that KMC Chicago purchases and sets out for these prayers. This is entirely optional.

Additional Meditation Prayers

Tuesdays at 11am:

Liberation From Sorrow

details and livestream link

15th of the month at 6:45am:

Precepts

details and livestream link

Details

 

Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog)
Sundays, 3pm - 4:15pm *

and on the 29th of the month (at 12pm on weekdays, 3pm on weekends)

* replaced with Offering to the Spiritual Guide if it falls on the 10th or 25th of the month

A special practice for developing compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength by relying on the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and for overcoming obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by relying on his Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

The text of Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers (downloadable or physical) is available for purchase from Tharpa Publications.

Heart Jewel
Mondays - Fridays, 12pm - 1pm *

* replaced with Offering to the Spiritual Guide on the 10th and 25th of the month; and with Wishfulfilling Jewel on the 29th of the month

Prayers and 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.

 

The text of Heart Jewel prayers (downloadable or physical) is available for purchase from Tharpa Publications.

 

Powa Ceremony
Saturdays, 3pm - 3:50pm *

* replaced with Offering to the Spiritual Guide if it falls on the 10th or 25th of the month; and with Wishfulfilling Jewel on the 29th of the month

Powa means "transference of consciousness" and this traditional prayer ceremony is done on behalf of those who have recently died. At this time we are offering this practice on a weekly basis.

Through doing Powa Ceremony prayers with faith, compassion and concentration we can transfer the consciousness of those who are in the death process or recently deceased to a fortunate higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha, where they will attain permanent liberation from suffering and experience pure and everlasting happiness. Our practice of this Powa Ceremony offers them this precious opportunity. Anyone can participate -- no previous experience is necessary.

 

The text of Powa Ceremony prayers (downloadable or physical) is available for purchase from Tharpa Publications.

 

Offering to the Spiritual Guide (with tsog)
Every month on the 10th and 25th

if on a weekday, 12pm - 2pm

if on a weekend, 3pm - 5pm

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); and generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.

 

The text of Offering to the Spiritual Guide prayers (downloadable or physical) is available for purchase from Tharpa Publications.

 

Liberation From Sorrow

Tuesdays, 11am​ - 11:50am

Arya Tara is a female enlightened Buddha who is the embodiment of quick spiritual wisdom. Her name means "Liberator" or "Rescuer" and those who develop a strong connection to Arya Tara and rely upon her sincerely will always be under the loving care of a powerful ally and spiritual friend. Like a mother, she swiftly protects us from all internal and external dangers, and guides us along the spiritual path.

The text of Liberation From Sorrow prayers (downloadable or physical) is available for purchase from Tharpa Publications.

 

Precepts

Every month on the 15th, 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.

The text used for Precepts (Drop of Essential Nectar, downloadable or physical) is available for purchase from Tharpa Publications.

 

Instructions for accessing live-streamed meditation prayers

 

Live-streamed meditation prayers are available live only. They will not be recorded or available for later viewing.

A few minutes before it starts, click the "Join the live stream" button. It will open up the Zoom Webinar stream that we'll be using. You can view it on your computer or your mobile device.

Your first time joining, you may be prompted to download the Zoom app. If you prefer to install it ahead of time, you can find the desktop version here (look for "Zoom Client for Meetings"). For mobile devices, look for the "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" app wherever you usually find your apps.

 
Questions? Contact Us!

Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago

312-767-1898 (voice or text)

in Oak Park: 13 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60304

in Wicker Park: 2010 West Pierce Street, Chicago, IL 60622

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