Practice Along

In your own time, at your own pace

Here are your resources to use to create mountains of merit and purify negativities! These videos are designed for you to play and ‘practice along’ to, at a time to suit you.

  • Celebrate the special Buddhist holy days by taking precepts, where merit is increased over a million times.
  • Offer a puja even if you cannot make it in person, or if it is not scheduled on our program. Do it in a park, or with your pets!
  • Enjoy a weekend retreat with guided meditations and beautiful screenshares. Add in your own dedications.

Medicine Buddha Puja

This is one of the puja that Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested we do together often, as a group, to help keep Langri Tangpa Centre flourishing. We usually do this puja on full moon, Medicine Buddha day, Tibetan 15th, but it is good to do on any day, especially for those who have passed away within the last 49 days.

Cittamani Tara Puja

If you are doing this puja from home (rather than joining us in the gompa) it is most suited for those with a Cittamani Tara Initiation (or at least an HYT initiation). It includes the 21 Tara Praises, as well as four long mandala prayers.

Everyone is encouraged to use a mandala set for this part! Practitioners with the initiation will also need bell and dorje, damaru, inner offering. You will need an image of the 21 Taras , and it would also be nice to set out some offerings on your own altar or in your home. As Rinpoche recommended, we try to do this puja on Tara days (Tibetan 8th), but if the schedule does not allow it, you can still do it at home from here.

Abbreviated version with slower 21 praises
Full version with 2, 3, and 7 praises.

Guru Puja & Tsog

To complete the path to enlightenment we need to maintain a strong and pure relationship with the guru. We do this by relating to the different aspects of the guru, and to ultimately bring forth the inner guru, the purity of our own mind. This puja contains the whole path to enlightenment, and creates a powerful potential for spiritual growth. Practice along with this shorter version, done entirely in English, so you can become familiar with the visualisations, the deep symbolism of the prayers, and the structure of the ceremony. Guru Puja with Tsog is traditionally offered on the Tibetan 10th and 25th, and is of special significance to those with an HYT initiation.

This version is offered in English, but with the Tibetan tunes.

Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog

Offering tsog draws us closer to the guru, purifies broken samaya, and energies our practice. Tsog means “gathering”. By gathering together to offer tsog we are making space. When the right space opens, realisations come as if magnetically attracted. Tsog is traditionally held on the 10th and 25th day of the Tibetan month. The ceremony is done mostly in English using the beautiful Tibetan tunes. The 100 syllable mantra is in sanskrit and is a profound method to meditate on emptiness, the ultimate purification.

Offered mostly in English, but with the Tibetan tunes.

Protector Prayers

The protectors are wrathful emanations of the Buddha, that terrify our distorted attitudes and free us from the bondage of ego. They strengthen our connection to the Dharma and dispel interferences, distractions and obstacles. They are a skilful way to pacify the inner demons of doubt and confusion. Done on Tibetan 29th, Protector Day, and most suited for those with a a background in tantric practice.

Short practice done in both English and Tibetan, with traditional tunes.

Eight Mahayana Precepts

Make your life highly meaningful on the auspicious Buddhist days! So easily and with small hardships one is able to collect great merit. Lama Zopa Rinpoche bestows the precepts in person, in an unbroken lineage from the Buddha.

The vows are to refrain for 24 hours from: killing, lying, stealing, sexual activity, alcohol and other intoxicants, perfumes, jewellery, singing or dancing, and sitting on high seats with pride. In addition we take just one meal, at lunch time.

Miffi leads the preliminary prayers from the LTC gompa, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche bestows the vows themselves from his gompa in Kopan, Nepal.

Vajrasattva Express

A short purification (less than half an hour) including a brief explanation of the process, the chanted 100-syllable mantra, and a screenshare to inspire.

Every hardship, pain, and suffering we encounter is due to our karma and delusions. Purify your mind of these obstacles and create a path for happiness by harnessing the four opponent powers and Vajrasattva.

White Tara for Long Life (Easter Retreat)

Long-life practices to overcome any life-obstacles for our precious gurus HH the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and ourselves as well! The special purpose of the retreat is to purify our own black karmic vision that causes us to see our gurus as aging or sick – especially HH the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It is also for the quick recovery of all those suffering from COVID around the world.

White Tara meditation and mantras help to remove life obstacles, to energise spiritual practice, and to create the causes to always be looked after on the spiritual path. The practice is easy to follow, creates inner peace and calm, and effortlessly pacifies spiritual obstacles. Each session includes White Tara mantras, Amitayus long-life practice, and special dedications.

Four sessions with a new motivation each day, and a special image to end. Each session also includes a torma offering to hasten realisations.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
  • Beginning motivation Calling the Guru From Afar
  • FPMT White Tara Practice
  • Extended White Tara Sadhana, we use the Torma Offering on page 15
  • White Tara Praises

Hayagriva Protecting All (Easter Retreat)

A compassion buddha for difficult times – the protector Hayagriva helps dispel inner, outer and secret obstacles. In the external world, the fierce love and compassion of Hayagriva cuts through social hatred, media disinformation, and individual aggression. Internally, Hayagriva protects from the wrong conceptions of true existence, the self-cherishing thought, and all obscurations and negative imprints.

Everyone is welcome to do this practice, whether you have the initiation or not.

Each session has a 10-minute introduction bringing forth a particular theme, mentioning the meaning of the symbolism, and clarifying into a new motivation each day. The mantra recitation brings forth a different aspect and focus each session.

The final session has prayers in Tibetan with the traditional tunes.

Session 1: Hayagriva and AI (technology bites back)
Session 2:  Hayagriva and Hate (disharmony shortens the life of the guru)
Session 3: Hayagriva and War (protecting container and contents)
Session 4: Hayagriva and the Future (protecting from outer, inner and secret obstacles)

Practices to Protect from Coronavirus

Specific practices and mantras to protect from disease and epidemics, with extensive dedications. There is a screenshare of the thangkas personally owned by Rinpoche of these deities to help with the visualisations. In addition, there is the incredibly moving supplication prayer spontaneously composed by Khandro-la, serving as motivation and a cry from the heart.

Collated and recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Practices to Avert Disease

The video has a screenshare to help with the mantras and visualisations, and prayers chanted in Tibetan and recited in English. These practices include praises and mantras of Shakyamuni Buddha, Medicine Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, Green Tara, Parnashavari and others. Although abbreviated practices, they address the deep karmic causes of illness and contagious disease.

Collated from advice from HH the Dalai Lama