Based on advice from our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Buddha House holds regular pujas on auspicious days according to the Tibetan lunar calendar.
Traditionally, pujas are to remove obstacles at every stage of a person’s life. These pujas can have a powerful effect in helping each person to develop their practice and in helping each person to live a happier and more successful life, free from obstacles.
When Pujas are performed, the sponsor, and often the sponsor’s family too, come to the gompa and make offerings personally to the monk and also be present for the puja, but this is not obligatory.
If you are looking for a gift for someone, a Gift of Prayer by sponsoring a puja is truly something special.
All offerings received through the pujas are used to support Buddha House; the kindness of our sponsors has enabled us to buy our new centre. Your continued support is deeply appreciated.
Medicine Buddha Puja: for healing of body and mind, and benefiting the ill and recently deceased. In English.
Guru Puja with Tsog Offering (Tibetan: Lama Chopa Puja): Prayers and special offerings to the Guru to accumulate merit for the centre and anyone participating. English and Tibetan.
16 Arhats Puja (Tibetan: Neten Chudruk): These 16 Elders were personally chosen by Shakyamuni Buddha from amongst his disciples. He asked them to remain in the world, protecting the Dharma for as long as beings are capable of benefitting from the teachings. At that time they vowed to remain in the world and maintain the Dharma until the teachings came to an end at the appearance of the next world buddha, Maitreya. This puja invites the blessings of the 16 Arhats for the continuation of the teachings of the Buddha in this world.
Offerings to the sangha of a khatag, money, gifts, and cards can be done anytime. One of the best opportunities is during the dedications after a teaching, puja, retreat, or practice. It doesn’t have to be a special day, and you don’t have to wait for anyone else – just walk right up and offer! It’s also traditional when a teacher returns after a long trip, or a visiting lama arrives, to line up with khatags as a welcoming offering.
Sponsoring a puja is a great way to earn merit – your sponsorship serves our entire community by helping to make pujas possible. In addition, as a sponsor, you can offer a dedication that will be read at the puja, so that all who attend can share in supporting your concern.
To sponsor a puja, provide your details on the form below.
“The merit that is created from all these pujas is also your merit.
So you can dedicate all these merits to having realisations and to achieve enlightenment.”
—Lama Zopa Rinpoche