The official annual long life puja, offered on behalf of FPMT centers, projects, services, and students to Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be offered at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, on January 22, 2020.
Shantideva Center will be making an offering to this puja on behalf of all of our students. If you would like to donate as an individual, you may do so here.
The deadline for FPMT to receive your donation if you would like your name to be included in the list of donors is January 19th.
The purpose of the long life puja is for students to purify the mistakes that occur in relation to their teacher, and to create the causes and conditions to continue to receive benefit from that teacher for a very long time. Harmony between students is the essential practice for creating the cause for the guru’s long life. Additionally, our devotion to Rinpoche is best expressed by following his advice, which includes offering service to manage, sustain and develop the centers, projects, and services which follow Rinpoche’s spiritual direction.
By maintaining harmony, following Rinpoche’s advice and offering long life pujas, FPMT students are accumulating the merits so that our precious guru will stay in the world with us for a long time. Having the continued guidance of the guru depends on the merits of the disciples. We need to create the cause for us to keep meeting with the precious guru in future lives until we attain the highest goal of enlightenment, for the benefit of all. Rinpoche also regularly mentions that offering long life pujas is a cause for one’s own long life.