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.

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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.

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