What is puja?
A puja is a group practice with prayers offered to the Buddhas to request their blessings or help.
In life, we may experience moments of ups and downs. Buddhism holds the belief that what happens in this life is the result of our past actions. From beginning-less time, we have committed virtuous as well as non-virtuous actions. The happiness we experience is the result of past virtuous actions. Conversely, sufferings and obstacles we experience are due to past negative actions. Puja is good for removing obstacle and bringing success.
Why request puja
Once the negative actions have been performed, there are only two ways to finish the karma:
1) by experiencing the result, or
2) by purifying the karma.
Making light offerings and requesting puja are the common way in Tibetan Buddhism to purify negative karmas, remove obstacles and accumulate merit. It is said that merit accumulated in relation to the Buddha, the Dharma or the Sangha can ripen very quickly in this lifetime. However, we must remark that one must have the karma to experience the result of the Pujas and light offerings - the situation is one of dependent-arising.
There are three types of obstacles:
Worldly obstacles -
which affect our daily life, relationships, career etc.
Inner obstacles -
which often manifest as strong emotions or confusion, harming our mental and physical health.
Secret obstacles -
which prevent us from practicing Dharma, and hinder our path to enlightenment.
Pujas can be performed for various purposes:
To bring success in activities, business, relationships, family and other worldly or spiritual purposes.
Removing obstacles on mental and physical health.
Blessing the deceased, praying for their liberation and for them to be reborn in Pure Realms.
Prayers for the dying to have the virtuous mind that could benefit them during the time of death.
Puja and the key benefits:
Pacify sickness: Medicine Buddha
Long Life: White Tara
Help the deceased: Medicine Buddha
Bring success in activities: Cittamani Tara, Red Tara, Lama Choepa Guru Puja, Green Tara, Medicine Buddha
Remove obstacle: Green Tara, Protector puja (Palden Lhamo)
Merits and your dedications will roll on forever.
The merit fund works as a backup reserve to support various virtuous activities of VNOS (e.g. prayers, pujas), so as to allow higher flexibility and provide necessary funding in times of urgency. One of the common usages would be to cover the basic cost of a puja, should there be not enough supporting donations.
2. Powerful Days Puja
Online Sangha arranges special pujas on powerful days of the year. These days provide good opportunities for us to accumulate merits, purify negativities and pray for wellness and success.
There are some auspicious holy days in Tibetan Calendar, which karmic results are considered to multiply by millions. On those powerful days, special pujas will be arranged for people to accumulate multiplying merits.
You are welcomed to request special dedications by sponsoring the pujas.
Every month in Tibetan Calendar, there are some special days for specific deity practice. Online Sangha will do the regular group practice on these special days to multiply the power and prayer. Group practice is 100 times more powerful than practice alone.
We have special puja practice on 8th, 10th, 15th, 25th and 30th of Tibetan Calendar:
8th: Medicine Buddha Practice
10th: Guru-Tara Practice
15th: Greet Tara Practice
25th: Guru Tara Practice
30th: White Tara Practice
If you need a special puja for specific issues. For example, encounter difficulties in life or want to pray for a specific person or issues etc. You are welcome to contact us to request pujas to fit your needs.
The pujas could be performed by Gen Namgyel-la; special group appointed by Gen Namgyel-la; Monastery and/or Nunnery in Nepal.
** You are welcome to seek for spiritual advice from Gen Namgyel-la when you have special situation. (This service is free for the members donating USD100 or above.)
It is also very beneficial to listen to puja as it purifies the environment, benefiting one's energy.