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Sunday 11.45 am – 12.15 pm
Leader: Venerable Tenzin Lhamo
Deity Practice can awaken the potential within ourselves to enhance and perfect the qualities of love, compassion, Bodhicitta and wisdom. These tantric practices, when engaged in with total conviction are very powerful; we can purify our negativities, clear away obstructions to our Dharma practice and accumulate vast amounts of merit without which Full Enlightenment cannot be achieved.
To practise in the gompa, a space where such a great being as Khensur Rinpoche has taught and practised and which has been blessed by the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is a rare privilege available to very few and increases the potency of our own practice. The beauty, tranquillity and spiritual potency of this sacred space combine to open the heart and focus the mind on virtue
Each week, throughout the month, we recite and visualise the saddhana of a different deity, each of which have specific qualities: Vajrasattva whose mantra is very powerful for purifying negative actions of body, speech and mind and which includes the Four Power Purification.
Avalokiteśvara, or Chenrezig through which we can generate and enhance Great Compassion and Bodhicitta. Green Tara, helping us overcome our obscurations and obstacles to practising the Dharma, and the Thirty Five Buddha purification practice, where we engage the body to purify the mind.
These practices are suitable for all levels of practitioners, initiations are not necessary to engage in these Deity Practices.
Second Saturday of the month 11.15 – 12 pm
Led by Venerable Tenzin Lhamo
Medicine Buddha is a powerful purification practice which can help overcome physical hardship and illness caused by negative karma we have created in the past. The practice of the Medicine Buddha mantra is like medicine, Medicine Buddha himself is like a doctor who diagnoses the sickness and prescribes the medicine and advises us on how to take the medicine. If we have conviction and strong faith there will be tremendous benefit in engaging in the practice of Medicine Buddha. This practice can be of benefit to only to oneself but also to one’s relatives, partners, friends and children; anybody who is sick. This can extend to the whole community and through practising together we can help each other.
Our temple is a sacred space which is blessed by Khensur Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and contains also the blessings of the entire Buddhist canon, an immeasurable treasure. By joining together the benefits of our practice are amplified by our combined efforts and the power of the Holy objects that surround us.
Medicine Buddha practice is suitable for all levels of practitioners, no initiation is necessary for this practice.