16 Arhats Puja

The Sixteen Arhats puja is a powerful purification practice. Buddha Shakyamuni personally selected the Sixteen Arhats from amongst his disciples and requested them to protect the Dharma. At the time of the parinirvana, they vowed to remain in the world and maintain the Dharma until the time of the future Buddha Maitreya.

Benefits of making offerings and prayers to the Sixteen Arhats include:

§  All the victorious ones (buddhas) are pleased.

§  Anyone who correctly practices it will have no obstacles.

§  One will be able to abide in pure morality.

§  It increases one’s scriptural understanding and realization.

§  One will have perfect inner and outer conditions to practice Dharma.

§  One will not be overwhelmed by untimely death and will have a long life.

§  The community of sangha will be increased.

§  The study and practice of the Tripitaka (Three Baskets) will increase.

According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, there are infinite benefits one will enjoy until enlightenment is achieved.

Sadhana for Online Practice

Please download this sadhana to your device or print out a copy for your use. To be eco-friendly, we will not be printing out this text.

Registration / Schedule

Prayer Requests

If you would like to request a dedication for yourself or someone else who might benefit from this practice, please email [email protected] and provide basic information including the person’s name, city of residence, dedication message, etc. Please provide a 24-hour notice for prayer requests.  

Puja Sponsorship

You are welcome to sponsor all or part of the puja. Full sponsorship is $108. Great merit is created by your contribution of any amount. Sponsorship is processed through registering above, even if you will not be attending the puja. If you would like to schedule and sponsor an individual puja, please write to [email protected]. We are grateful for your generosity!

“If someone offers a small flower or rice to a Buddha statue, a stupa or scripture then the benefit extends from then up to Enlightenment. Amazing, amazing. It is said in the sutra Piled Flowers, on top of that benefit, you achieve ultimate happiness – liberation from the causes of delusion and karma and on top of that full Enlightenment – all the realizations and omniscient mind.” —Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Recording will be available soon.

About the Teacher

Venerable Robina Courtin has worked full-time for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, since her ordination in the late 1970s. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom. Venerable Robina is known for her straightforward and energetic teaching style, helping people discover the potential of their own minds with clear explanations about Tibetan Buddhism and how to apply it to their lives.

Visit her website at https://www.robinacourtin.com.