Chanted Meditations

If you enjoy meditating with others, chanted meditations are a great opportunity for you to engage in group meditation. These chanted meditations are known in Sanskrit as pujas, which means offering. They are also sometimes known as sadhanas, or methods for receiving attainments. When we chant these ancient prayers, we receive the blessings, protection and guidance of the holy beings. These spiritual practices help us purify our negativity and fill our minds with positive, healing energy. They are open to everyone, and there is no cost for attending.

(times may vary from week to week. please check our calendar for the most up-to-date information)

Heart Jewel

Dorje ShugdenMondays in Lambertville, 1:30 – 2:15pm
Tuesdays in Lambertville, 5:45 – 6:30pm
Sundays in Lambertville, 9:30 – 10:15am

This sadhana, or method of accomplishment, is the essential practice of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. By relying upon this practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realizations.If we practice this sadhana regularly and sincerely, we will reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment.

Wishfulfilling Jewel

Most Saturdays in Lambertville, 5:00–6:15pm

Wishfulfilling Jewel is a more extensive version of Heart Jewel (above). Its beneficial effects are especially powerful. It usually includes a tsog offering, and you are welcome to bring an offering of food or drink to be included in it.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Held twice a month on the 10th & 25th – 2 hours (check calendar for exact time)
Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra. It was compiled by the first Panchen Lama, Losang Chökyi Gyaltsän, as a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra. The main practice is relying upon the Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra. By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase.

Mahayana Precepts

Offered occasionally at 6:30 a.m. on the 15th of the month (check calendar for upcoming dates)

The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. The essence of this practice is taking eight precepts and keeping them purely for twenty four hours. We first need to receive these precepts from a qualified Preceptor, and then we can take them on our own as often as we wish. Instructions on both these methods are included in the prayer booklet A Pure Life. Because this practice is motivated by bodhichitta it is especially powerful for purifying negativities, accumulating merit—a positive strength of mind—and creating the cause for us to attain the unsurpassed happiness of enlightenment.

The following chanted meditations are offered on Monday evenings on a rotating basis. 

Avalokiteshvara Puja
Mondays in Lambertville, 6:00 — 6:45 p.m.

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Avalokiteshvara is an enlightened being who is a manifestation of all Buddhas’ compassion. He is known as the Buddha of Compassion. Through this practice we can ripen our mind of love and great compassion.

Powa Ceremony — Prayers for the Deceased
The Practice of Transference of Consciousness

Mondays in Lambertville, 6:00 — 6:45 p.m.

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Millions of humans and billions of animals die every day. Through practicing transference of consciousness (known as powa) with faith, compassion, and concentration, we can transfer the consciousness of those recently deceased to a higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha. By engaging in this practice we also create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to a Buddha’s Pure Land.

If you would like to add a friend or relative to our prayer list, please send an email to education@meditationinnewjersey.org.

Everyone is welcome to participate. Many people choose to bring an offering of food, flowers, and other items on behalf of the deceased.

Meditation and Recitation of Solitary Vajrasattva
Mondays in Lambertville, 6:00 — 6:45 p.m.

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Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification, and these brief ritual prayers and meditations help us to purify our negativity. When we purify regularly, our minds gradually become happier and more peaceful, our good qualities increase, and our problems subside and eventually disappear. Vajrasattva practice is a quick method to attain future happiness and spiritual realizations.

Everyone is welcome to participate.

Medicine Buddha Prayers
Mondays in Lambertville, 6:00 — 6:45 p.m.

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Medicine Buddha is an enlightened doctor whose blessings help release us from our inner and outer sickness. When we rely on Medicine Buddha, we can find relief from mental and physical disease, including the diseases of attachment, anger and ignorance. We can also receive protection from danger and obstacles.

The Great Mother
Mondays in Lambertville, 6:00 — 6:45 p.m.

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Although we all wish to be happy, again and again we find our attainment of happiness frustrated by obstacles or hindrances—both external and internal. When our mind is filled with negative thoughts and delusions, such as attachment, anger, and ignorance, we experience great harm and suffering. They prevent us from maintaining a peaceful mind, and also destroy whatever happiness we may have gained. This puja offers us a special method for averting and overcoming hindrances in general and the “mara” or “demon” of delusions in particular that involves the recitation and contemplation of the Essence of Wisdom Sutra, or Heart Sutra, which can be performed either for your own sake or for the benefit of others.

Tara Puja                                                                                                                               Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. These prayers include praises to the twenty-one manifestations of Tara. Because these are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha, they are particularly powerful and blessed.

Offered occasionally on the 8th of the month, check the calendar for times and dates.

Everyone is welcome to participate.

All chanted meditations are free (though donations are appreciated).