Venue: 10 Herschell Street, Napier (opposite entrance to HB Art Gallery & Museum)
REGULAR SESSIONS – OPEN TO PUBLIC
9.30 – 11.00am Ngondro Practice
11.30am Samatha Meditation Session (approx 30 mins duration)
All are Welcome to attend both these sessions
5:30pm Silent Meditation Sit (40 mins)
5:15pm Ngondro Practice (devotional short practice)
6.00pm Chenrezig Practice (50 mins-prayer, visualization, chanting, meditation on compassion)
7.00pm Silent Meditation Sit
You are welcome to attend any session
Each Full Moon
7:00pm 16 Arhat Puja (offered for spreading of the dharma)
First and third Sunday of each month
4:30pm Green Tara Puja (prayer praising 21 aspects of the female Buddha Tara)
Second and fourth Sunday of each month
5:30pm Napier Insight Meditation Group
Chenrezig Sadhana (Sadhana of Great Compassion and Mahamudra)
This text contains a very popular Tibetan Buddhist practice. The main parts of the practice concentrate on the visualisation of Avalokitesvara, meditation on the ultimate nature of mind and the recitation of the Sacred Mantra of Compassion, Om Mani Padme Hum. Om Mani Padme Hum literally means “Homage to the Jewel in the Lotus”.
This unique practice is transmitted through the unbroken lineage of the Sakyapa tradition. It was introduced to Bari Lotsawa who gave this transmission to Sachen Kungo Nyingpo (1092-1158 AD), one of the renowned emanations of Tibetan Lord Avalokitesvara. The text lists all the names of the Lineage Gurus who have transmitted this practice, up to Zhenpen Nyingpo the late Guru of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
The main practice was written by Ngorchen Konchok Lhundrup (1497-1557 AD) at the request of his many disciples. In the final session, one dedicates all merits for the sake of others and especially the Long Life Prayer of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, one of the Lineage Holders of this practice.
-A short extract from the “Introduction” written by Lama Choedak Rinpoche
GreenTara Puja (The Practice of the Four Holy Mandalas Ritual of Holy Tara)
Regarding the practice of Tara, she is an enlightened being able to fulfill all the wishes of beings. Tara is the manifestation of the compassion of all the Buddhas of the three times.
There have been countless Buddhas of other aeons and eras. In the beginning of our era, there was a particular Buddha, Mahavairochana. In the time of this Buddha, there was a great king who had a daughter named Princess Metok Zay. The Princess was devout in prayer and carried out marvelous activities to benefit other beings.
When Buddha Mahavairochana asked the Princess what it was she wished for, she replied, “ I shall remain in this world until every single being is liberated“ . In response to her personal sacrifices, her virtue and aspirations, and inspired by her wishes on behalf of beings, Buddha Vairochana spoke spontaneously the prayer of the twenty-one praises to Tara, a praise to twenty-one qualities of Tara. As a result of this praise it became known that the Princess was the emanation of the goddess Tara.
It is said of Green Tara that not only will she give to beings whatever they may need, but also that she is able to allay all of the major fears of beings. Whatever fears beings suffer from, whenever they would recite the twenty-one praises to Tara or even merely recite her ten-syllable mantra, OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA, their fears have been pacified and their needs have been fulfilled.
-A short extract from The way of the Buddha and The practice of Green Tara By H.E.Chogye Trichen Rinpoche
Soor Practice How to Help the Deceased
Dedication of Soor or any other rites to help the Deceased must be performed either by a close relative or friend or by members of the Sangha. One must have a sound knowledge of the significance of this practice and must have received some teachings on karma, bardo, dying and rebirth. It is preferable that the person performing these rites has received the initiation of Chenrezig Khasarpani. Through this practice, the death of a family member can become an important turning point in your spiritual development which may otherwise have been neglected.
If you understand the significance of this practice and can feel the sufferings of those in the bardo realm, you can do this as a daily practice. Most dedicated practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism do this every day and such practitioners are often asked to pray for the Deceased by their relatives. Generally this practice is performed every day for 49 days for the sake of a particular deceased person. It should be done each day before the time of the day or night the person passed away. It is practical to perform this rite early in the mornings.