at Ashoka Centre, Plymouth
Pujas are chanted meditations which also include rituals, prayers, visualisation and meditation. We have regular Puja's at the Centre. There is no charge and everybody is welcome. Please see our calendar for the times.
This puja contains two special practices which are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism and enable us to attain a special compassion, wisdom and spiritual strength; and to overcome obstacles to our spiritual practice. Every Sunday at 2pm Wishfulfilling Jewel is practised in conjunction with a special Tsog offering where an assembly of practitioners make food and drink offerings.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Lama Chopa)
This puja takes place on the 10th and 25th of every month (check our calendar for times). Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa. The main practice is meditation on reliance upon our Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim), training the mind (Lojong), and is a preparation for Highest Yoga Tantra. By relying upon our Spiritual Guide as one with Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, spiritual power, and especially our wisdom will naturally increase.
The Melodious Drum (Kangso)
This is chanted once a month on the 29th day. This powerful practice is done to overcome obstacles to spiritual progress and to protect our inner experiences of the spiritual path.
These are taken on the 15th day of each month. This is a purification practice when we eat one meal - lunch at 12.30pm and then refrain from any other food for the rest of the day. It is also a time to refrain from negative thoughts, speech and actions.
Normally on the 8th day of each month (check our calendar for times). Arya Tara is a female Buddha who helps to rescue us swiftly from mental problems and physical dangers in much the same way as a mother cares for her children. Please see our calendar.
Quick Path To Great Bliss
For those with Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments.
For ordained Sangha.
For those who have died recently. It is a very peaceful and uplifting method of helping our friends and relatives who have died to take a fortunate rebirth.
Buddha's Enlightenment Day
April 15th, marked each year with special prayers.