Prayers & Practices

The nuns, monks and students of Chenrezig Institute take part in regular prayers and pujas for the benefit of all beings. They are conducted by members of the monastic and lay communities in careful accordance with Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Everyone welcome! See the calendar for more details.

DAILY

Morning Dharma Practice

Morning practice includes blessing speech to create positive karma, purifying negative karma (prostrations to the 35 Buddhas), practices for strengthening the connection to our spiritual teachers, and reviewing the stages of the path (Guru Puja).

Evening Dharma Practice

Evening practice includes purifying negative karma (Vajrasattva Practice), protecting from harm and clearing obstacles to practice (Protector Prayers), and strengthening the connection to our spiritual teachers (Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga).

WEEKLY

IMI Thangtong Gyalpo Prayerathon

The Blessed Prayer Known as “Liberating Sakya from Disease” and recitations. Recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as practices we can do to stop epidemic disease. This 24 hour event is happening every week around the world, hosted by Chenrezig Institute.

MONTHLY

Tara Puja

Tara Puja is an energising practice that provides protection from fears and dangers and brings success to projects, as well as physical and emotional wellbeing.

Medicine Buddha Puja

Medicine Buddha Puja is a powerful healing practice for physical and mental ailments and benefits those who are ill or have recently passed.

Dzambhala Puja

Dzambhala Puja is considered to manifest spiritual and material abundance.

Guru Puja

Guru Puja celebrates the kindness of our teachers and the richness of the Buddhist path. This puja is considered to bring about general good fortune.

Protector Prayers

Protector Prayers are made daily to protect from harm and remove obstacles.

Yamantaka Self Initiation and Vajrayogini Self-Initiation Practices

Yamantaka self-initiation and Vajrayogini self-initiation practices are done by those who have received empowerments and completed the approach retreat. By dedicating to these practices, full enlightenment is considered attainable within a lifetime, in order to benefit all sentient beings.

ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS

Great holy days of the Buddhist calendar

Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

Celebrated on all the four great holy days, Shakyamuni Buddha Puja is considered to remove obstacles and create conducive conditions for spiritual practice.

The Fifteen Days of Miracles

Guru Shakyamuni Buddha displayed miraculous powers in order to subdue six tirthikas (non-Buddhist teachers) who lacked faith in him, as well as to inspire more faith in his followers.

Saka Dawa

Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana.

Chokhor Duchen

Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching.

Lhabab Duchen

Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s return to earth from the God Realm of the Thirty-Three after teaching Dharma for several months to the gods, including his mother Mahamaya.

Prayer and puja dedications

Chenrezig gives you the opportunity to dedicate prayers or pujas for yourself, friends, or relatives. You may request prayers for those who are ill, those who have died, and those who need to overcome difficulties and obstacles. You may also dedicate prayers to create auspicious circumstances.

Prayers are completed daily by our community, while pujas are held on specific days in the Tibetan lunar calendar. If you sponsor a puja, it will be carried out on the next scheduled date according to the tradition.

You may like to send us a picture of your friend or relative, together with the reason why practices are being requested. This would be read out during the practice.

When someone passes away, we say prayers for 49 days following the death and make feast (tsog) offerings on their behalf.

By making a donation, a tangible connection is established between the person who is in need of prayers and those who are reciting the prayers on their behalf. Your donations contribute to the cost of the offerings made at each ceremony, including flowers, lights, saffron, tea, incense and food. There is no set amount for donations. Offer as much as you are inspired to.