Prayers

Prayer

KMC Montreal organises chanted prayer sessions which combine meditation, visualisations and mantra recitations. Through the kindness of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and faithful practitioners, these traditional buddhist prayers have been translated into our language so that we can take the essence of the meaning of the words and let our heart be moved. These prayers are the daily practices of the Kadampa tradition.

Wishfulfilling Jewel (WJ)
Daily Practice (1hr) • Schedule varies, see calendar
Wishfulfilling Jewel practice is the heart of Kadampa Buddhism. Chanted prayers which include 2 pauses of approximately 10 minutes each for silent meditation. On Thursdays, these prayers are done in English

Offering to Spiritual Guide (OSG)
Every 10th & 25th of each month (1hr 45min) • Schedule varies, see calendar
Offering to the Spiritual Guide consist of chanted prayers addressed to our Spiritual Guide to increase our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power. It is accompanied with a “Tsog” offering, a traditional ritual in which we offer food that is shared amongst the group at the end of the prayers.

Melodious Drum (MD)
Every 29th of each month (4 hrs) • Schedule varies, see calendar
This monthly practice of chanted prayers is addressed to our Dharma Protector, wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. We make offerings and request him to help us dispel inner obstacles and gather all favourable conditions for all our Dharma realisations can increase so that we can be of real benefit to others. It is accompanied with a “Tsog” offering, a traditional ritual in which we offer food that is shared amongst the group at the end of the prayers.

Tara
Every 8th of each month (45min) • Schedule varies, see calendar
In all Kadampa centres around the world, we celebrate Buddha Tara on the 8th day of each month. Tara is a female enlightened being embodying the compassion and wisdom of all the Buddhas. If we rely upon her with strong faith we will quickly receive her protection and blessings.

35 Confession Buddhas
Purification practice (30 min) • Schedule varies, see calendar
In one of the most powerful Buddhist methods for purifying our mind of all negativity, The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls, we visualise these 35 Buddhas and we prostrate in their presence while reciting the prayers. Prostrations can be done simply by bringing our hands at our heart or physically placing our hands, knees and forehead on the ground (to each individual’s capacity).

Powa
Prayers for the diseased (1hr) • Schedule varies, see calendar
The aim of this practice is to 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 for ourself and others. Freeing beings through correct imagination creates the causes to experience a pure world in the future.

Precepts
Every 15th of each month (45min) • Schedule varies, see calendar
Taking the Precepts is a special practice of moral discipline which consists of taking and keeping the 8 Mahayana Precepts for 24hrs. With the Supreme intention to benefit others, this powerful practice helps us to become familiar with moral discipline and to give meaning to our human life.