These events take place in the Meditation Room at Atisha Kadampa Meditation Centre, 81 Victoria Road, Darlington, DL1 5JQ - please see the timetable for times.
Wishfulfilling Jewel & Heart Jewel
The Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the practice of his Wisdom Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.
A special prayer practice to increase our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power as well as overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realisations.
The first is a popular practice of Relying on the Spiritual Guide in association with Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, through which we can receive blessings and gain the realisations of the entire path to enlightenment.
The second is a special method to overcome obstacles and create favourable conditions for success in our spiritual practice by relying upon the Wisdom Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
These two special practices lie at the heart of Modern Kadampa Buddhism and are practiced every day by individuals and Kadampa centres around the world.
Heart Jewel with 20 minute pause for Lamrim meditation is usually held at 5pm on weekdays during term time.
Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog offering is usually held at 7pm on Saturdays (sometimes changes for special events). During this prayer practice we offer food and drink to the Buddhas and then enjoy a tea party afterwards. Feel free to bring an offering with you, ideally something that can be shared during the tea party immediately afterwards without needing to be cooked - no meat or alcohol please. This is a great time for socialising - children are very welcome!
Usually chanted once a month on the 29th. This extensive prayer to our Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is a powerful practice and its result is to overcome difficulties in spiritual progress and to protect sincere practitioners from future difficulties.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Takes place twice a month, on the 10th and 25th.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra
By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase. In particular, because Je Tsongkhapa is an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, his faithful followers never experience difficulty in increasing their wisdom. There are many other benefits from practising Offering to the Spiritual Guide.
These poetic chanted verses illuminate the entire path to enlightenment
Tara (Liberation from Sorrow)
Prayers are held every month on the 8th.
Includes a special prayer to the Twenty-One Taras, is performed regularly at Kadampa Buddhist centres worldwide.
Buddha Tara is a female Buddha who rescues us swiftly from mental problems and physical dangers in the same way as a mother cares for her children. She provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and she guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.
Dakini Yoga and Quick Path
For those who have received Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments.
Is on behalf of those who have died recently. It is a very peaceful and uplifting method of helping our friends and relatives who have died to go on to a beautiful and peaceful experience.
Are taken on the 15th day of each month at 6.30am. This is a one-day purification practice where we eat one meal - lunch at 12.30pm - and refrain from any other food. It is also a time to refrain from negative thoughts, speech and actions.
For ordained Sangha only.
Buddha's Enlightenment Day
Marked each year with a Nyungnay - a purifying ritual retreat. Three sessions are held on 14th and 15th April and some fasting is involved. For more information please get in touch.