Group chanted meditations, or pujas, give us an opportunity to come together in prayer and to make praises and requests to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Using ancient prayers translated into English we receive the blessings, protection and guidance of the holy beings. We can make requests for ourselves or for others who need help or protection.
These spiritual practices help us purify our negativity and fill out minds with positive, healing energy. These Meditations are open to everyone. People may sit in chairs or on cushions on the floor.
Everyone is welcome to any of these free events! Please click on the name of each puja to learn more, and consult our calendar for times for each puja.
Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, accumulate merit and receive blessings. This prepares our mind for a twenty-minute meditation on the Lamrim or Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. After the meditation we make prayers to our Dharma Protector. Through this we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma realizations. (1 hour)
On the 10th and 25th of each month
This is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra that is a preliminary practice for Vajrayana Mahamudra. The main practice is relying upon our Spiritual Guide as a Buddha and making praises and requests, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path, and training the mind, 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. This practice includes a tsog offering so please bring a fresh, vegetarian food offering with you if you wish. (2 hours)
This is a more extensive version of Heart Jewel in which we make prayers and requests to Je Tsongkhapa and our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugdän. We make a special food offering known as a tsog offering to create a vast amount of positive energy for ourselves and others. We invite all the Buddhas and holy beings to come and enjoy a feast of great bliss and then we enjoy the food offering together. Please bring a fresh, vegetarian food offering if you wish. (1.5 hours)
On the 29th of each month
By chanting a long prayer and making offerings, we request our Dharma Protectors to purify our transgression of downfalls, remove obstacles, fulfill our wishes and attain Dharma realizations at the end of every month.Please bring a fresh, vegetarian food offering if you wish. (3.5 hours)
On the 15th of each month 6:30-7:00 a.m.
The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana Precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with a strong motivation to benefit others.In this practice,we take eight precepts and vow to keep them purely for a period of twenty-four hours.By doing this practice again and again,we acquaint ourselves with the practice of pure moral discipline and thereby make our human life meaningful. (30 minutes)
On the first Wednesday of each month 7:00-8:00 p.m.
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. The Powa Ceremony can be done either by a group of practitioners or individually on behalf of one or more deceased persons, or countless deceased beings. By engaging in this practice doing this practice we also create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to a Buddha’s Pure Land. (1 hour)
On the 8th of each month
Tara practice is one of the most beloved of Buddhist chanted prayers. At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means Rescuer; she is the embodiment of swift compassion who is a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Since she is a wisdom Buddha, and since she is a manifestation of the completely purified wind element, Tara is able to help us very quickly. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. (1 hour)
About the KMC Indianapolis
Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis was founded originally Dromtonpa Buddhist Center in 1998 at the request of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. KMC Indy is one of 1,200 NKT Centers in 40 countries. The purpose of the Center is to provide the people of Indianapolis and the surrounding area with practical spiritual advice and encouragement so that they can learn to lead happier, more peaceful, and meaningful lives.
Location: Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis, 8407 Castleton Corner Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250, (317) 374-5281 firstname.lastname@example.org