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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.

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.

Typical Schedule

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

Heart Jewel

Heart Jewel

Mon at 3 - 4pm, Tue at 6 - 6:45pm (through Apr 27), Wed - Fri at 5 - 6pm *


* Usually 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

Since we occasionally need to make changes to this schedule, please see the calendar to verify the time.

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.

To purchase your own copy of the written prayers: click the button to order from Tharpa Publications (printed or e-book), or contact us to pick up from our Oak Park book store.

For the link to join the live stream, please see the calendar.

Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog)

Wishfulfilling Jewel (with tsog)

Sundays, 3pm - 4:15pm *

Tuesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm * (starting 5/4)

and on the 29th of the month at various times 


* Usually replaced with Offering to the Spiritual Guide on the 10th and 25th of the month

Since we occasionally need to make changes to this schedule, please see the calendar to verify the time.

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. Open to everyone.

To purchase your own copy of the written prayers: click the button to order from Tharpa Publications (printed or e-book), or contact us to pick up from our Oak Park book store.

For the link to join the live stream, please see the calendar.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide (with tsog)

Offering to the Spiritual Guide (with tsog)

Every month on the 10th and 25th at various times

Since we occasionally need to make changes to this schedule, please see the calendar to verify the time.

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. Everyone is welcome to participate.

To purchase your own copy of the written prayers: click the button to order from Tharpa Publications (printed or e-book), or contact us to pick up from our Oak Park book store.

For the link to join the live stream, please see the calendar.

Powa Ceremony

Powa Ceremony

Saturdays, 3pm - 3:50pm *


* 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

Since we occasionally need to make changes to this schedule, please see the calendar to verify the time.

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.

To purchase your own copy of the written prayers: click the button to order from Tharpa Publications (printed or e-book), or contact us to pick up from our Oak Park book store.

For the link to join the live stream, please see the calendar.

Liberation From Sorrow

Liberation From Sorrow

Tuesdays, 11am - 11:50am

Since we occasionally need to make changes to this schedule, please see the calendar to verify the time.

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.

To purchase your own copy of the written prayers: click the button to order from Tharpa Publications (printed or e-book), or contact us to pick up from our Oak Park book store.

For the link to join the live stream, please see the calendar.

Precepts

Precepts

Every month on the 15th, 6:45am - 7:20am

Since we occasionally need to make changes to this schedule, please see the calendar to verify the time.

The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with compassion for all living beings. The essence of the practice is to take eight precepts -- promising to abstain for 24 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.

To purchase your own copy of the written prayers for this practice ("Drop of Essential Nectar"): click the button to order from Tharpa Publications (printed or e-book), or contact us to pick up from our Oak Park book store.

For the link to join the live stream, please see the calendar.

Dakini Yoga

Dakini Yoga

Mondays, 8:15 - 9:15am

Since we occasionally need to make changes to this schedule, please see the calendar to verify the time.

Prayers and meditations that contain the essence of the self-generation practice of Vajrayogini – the female enlightened Buddha Deity of Highest Yoga Tantra who is the manifestation of the wisdom of all Buddhas. For Highest Yoga Practitioners only.

To purchase your own copy of the written prayers: click the button to order from Tharpa Publications (printed or e-book), or contact us to pick up from our Oak Park book store.

For the link to join the live stream, please see the calendar.

Instructions for accessing live-streamed meditation prayers

 

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

See our calendar for the links needed to join. A few minutes before the start time, click the link. 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.