Lama Tsongkhapa Day
Guru Puja (Tibetan Lama Chopa Puja)
This is an offering to the Guru that is performed twice a month, on 10th & 25th of the lunar calendar.
Although it is a practice of highest yoga tantra, Lama Zopa Rinpoche encourages all students to attend if they have faith in tantra.
You may think this is too advanced or not necessary because of not having made connection with a teacher yet. But as the ceremony is about the importance of the Guru, seeing the Guru’s qualities and kindness, it is a powerful way to create the cause to meet the perfect teacher. It involves making offerings and requests to have all the attainments of the path to enlightenment. The whole path is outlined in the form of a requesting prayer.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that this practice helps purify all the obstacles to these attainments, especially the heavy negative karmas created in relationships to the Guru in this and past lives.
Rinpoche says: “If you are able to do Lama Chopa well, you can achieve enlightenment in this very brief lifetime.”
Lama Chopa Pujas are in Tibetan with some verses in English.
Today we celebrate Lama Zopa’s Birthday – we will be offering a birthday cake to Rinpoche and an opportunity for everyone to offer a khatag to his throne.
Bringing offerings of flowers, fruit, or individually wrapped items are encouraged to place on the altar
Led by Gen Dondrub