Understanding Buddhist Prayers with Gen Kelsang Wangpo

Friday Jul 3 · 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: no cost
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Prayer is the principal activity of a Buddhist. In the text Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully we can read,

Many religious people, whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist, understand the efficacy of prayer through their own experience. Prayer is by nature intention or aspiration, and so it is essentially a mental action. The words of a prayer help us to concentrate our mind and evoke faith, but they are not the actual prayer itself. Indeed, we can pray without reciting any words. The important thing is to concentrate without distraction on the meaning of the prayers as we recite them. Because we are Buddhists we make prayers in front of an image of Buddha or a visualized assembly of Buddhas, regarding them as living Buddhas. Prayers made in front of such holy beings have great power to achieve their desired effect.

Clearly, there is a lot to unpack about the practice of prayer! Every Friday night (7 – 8pm) we are holding a class that looks at a specific prayer practice of Kadampa Buddhism as well as the practice of prayer in general. The classes include:

May 29 – Powa

A special method for leading countless deceased beings to the Pure Land of a Buddha.

June 5 – Liberation from Sorrow

Prayers for developing a deep feeling of closeness with Buddha Tara, through which we can receive her blessings and protection.

June 12 – No class

June 19 – US Festival Intro

June 26 – Meditation and Recitation of Solitary Vajrasattva

The practice of cleansing our mind of all delusions and negativity by relying on Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification.

July 3 – Offering to the Spiritual Guide

The special Guru yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra, which also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path to enlightenment.

July 10 – KMC Austin Je Tsongkhapa empowerment introduction

July 17 – Great Mother

A clear translation of the famous Heart Sutra, with an explanation of how reciting and contemplating it can be used for overcoming obstacles to our spiritual practice.

August 14 – Medicine Buddha Prayer

A special practice focusing on Medicine Buddha for helping others through healing actions.

August 21 – Heart Jewel (Part 2)

Explanation of relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden

August  28 – Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls

A powerful practice that focuses on the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas to purify our mind of even the heaviest negativities.

This class is being held weekly Friday, May 29 - Friday, Aug 28

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

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