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Offering to the Spiritual Guide Chanted Prayers
January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Everyone is welcome to join in Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG) prayers, where we chant in English, make special food offerings (called Tsog) to our visualized Spiritual Guide and other holy beings, and dedicate our merit toward the success of our practice and the benefit of others.
There is no cost to attend chanted prayers. You are welcome to bring a vegetarian, ready-to-eat food offering to OSG, but this is not required to come and enjoy these very blessed prayers. These prayers are typically scheduled on the 10th and 25th of every month. Check the calendar for exact times.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide, or Lama Chopa in Tibetan, is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra. It was compiled by the first Panchen Lama, Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, as a preliminary practice for Tantric Mahamudra. The main practice is meditation on reliance upon our Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. By relying on our Spiritual Guide as one with Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, spiritual power, and especially our wisdom will naturally increase. A complete commentary to this practice can be found in Great Treasury of Merit.