Heart Jewel Prayers to Je Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden are the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism and many Kadampas do these prayers as part of their daily practice. Therefore we are offering the prayers here for you to use at your convenience (just click play on the video below).
Buddhas, or enlightened beings, can appear or emanate as anything, and especially as teachers and as protectors; and in this practice we rely upon the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri in both these ways. In the first part we view our Spiritual Guide as Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify our negativity and obstructions, accumulate a lot of good karma, and receive powerful blessings and inspiration. This prepares our mind for a 15-minute meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment. During this quiet meditation you can do any meditation you have learned at the Center, or try out one of the meditations from The New Meditation Handbook (available in the meditation room). There is also another quiet 5-minute gap for Mahamudra meditation.
In the second part we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. Through this we can overcome obstacles in our practice and our daily lives, and create favorable conditions for increasing our experience of Dharma.