Duldzin Dragpa Centre
Duldzin Dragpa Centre in Epping is the principal Kadampa Buddhist Centre in East Herts and Essex. Its purpose is to give people the opportunity to practice meditation and Kadampa Buddhism. The Centre is a member of the International Kadampa Buddhist Union, an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres that follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The Centre offers weekly meditation classes, Foundation Programme (FP), chanted meditation sessions (pujas), Sunday Prayers & Prayers for World Peace and Precepts days which are suitable for everyone.
Weekly meditation classes are held at Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Braintree, Chelmsford, Hoddesdon, Epping (coffee morning, lunchtime and evening), Leigh-on-Sea, Rayleigh, Romford, South Woodford and Westcliff-on-Sea. Classes include guided meditations so that you can learn how to meditate correctly, and advice on how to apply meditation in daily life to achieve inner peace and happiness.
The Resident Teacher of Duldzin Dragpa Centre is Kadam Ai Peng McBretney.
She has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
She teaches at Leigh-on-Sea, Billericay, Hoddesdon and Epping (Tuesday mornings and evenings).
Through her experience of putting Buddha’s advice into practice, she presents the teachings in a clear and practical way
that inspires us to develop inner peace, happiness and wisdom.
The chanted prayers at Duldzin Dragpa Centre, known as ‘pujas’, follow a range of Buddhist prayer booklets (sadhanas) prepared by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and are available from the Centre’s shop or Tharpa Publications. Engaging in pujas (especiallly Tsog pujas) is a special method of purifying negativity, accumulating merit and receiving blessings. It helps to develop and maintain a positive mind, and is a powerful preparation for meditation. Tsog pujas (highlighted in blue below) involve making offerings of food and drink to the Buddhas together with prayers and meditation. Everyone is welcome to attend all the pujas and there is no fee.
Sunday Prayers & Prayers for World Peace
These chanted sessions (pujas) at the Centre are very beautiful prayers sung in English with great meaning and dedicated to the happiness and welfare of all living beings. The sessions are generally held on Sundays afternoons as indicated in schedule below. Everyone is welcome. Pujas with tsog are highlighted.
|Schedule of chanted prayers for April 2018|
|Mon 2 Apr – Thu 5 Apr||7.30am-8.30am||Wishfulfilling Jewel puja (with Lamrim meditation)|
|Fri 6 Apr||8am-9am
Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog
|Mon 9 Apr – Thu 12 Apr||7.30am-8.30am||Wishfulfilling Jewel puja (with Lamrim meditation)|
|Tue 10 Apr||9.00am-10.45am||Offering to the Spiritual Guide|
|Fri 13 Apr – Sat 14 Apr||6.30am– 7.00am
8.00am – 9.15am
10.30am – 11.45am
3.30pm – 4.45pm
|Special fasting and purification retreat in conjunction with Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara at Duldzin Dragpa Centre
Fri 13 & Sat 14 Apr Wishfulfilling Jewel at 12pm-12.45pm
Note: Both days are Precepts days (Fri 21 Apr Lunch at 12.30pm)
|Sun 15 Apr||2.15pm-4.00pm||Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Buddha’s Enlightenment day)|
|Mon 16 Apr – Thu 19 Apr||7.30am-8.30am||Wishfulfilling Jewel puja (with Lamrim meditation)|
|Fri 20 Apr||8am-9am
Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog
|Sat 21 Apr||10am-1pm||‘Introduction to Tantra, Buddha’s Uncommon Wisdom’ half-day course with Kadam Ai Peng McBretney at Duldzin Dragpa Centre|
|Sun 22 Apr||2.15pm-3.15pm||Sunday prayers – Medicine Buddha prayers|
|Mon 23 Apr – Thu 26 Apr||7.30am-8.30am||Wishfulfilling Jewel puja (with Lamrim meditation)|
|Wed 25 Apr||8.00am-9.45am||Offering to the Spiritual Guide|
|Fri 27 Apr||8am-9am||*Dakini Yoga|
|Sat 28 Apr||9.30am-12.45pm||Melodious Drum (Kangso)|
|Sun 29 Apr||2.15pm-3.15pm||Prayers for World Peace|
|Mon 30 Apr||7.30am-8.30am||Wishfulfilling Jewel puja (with Lamrim meditation)|
Precept days are special days to purify negative karma and emphasize keeping pure moral discipline.
Please contact us before attending the Centre to confirm the event is being held by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 01992 571354.
|Fri 13 Apr – Sat 14 Apr 2018||6.30am – 7.15am|
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