Pujas are powerful ceremonial practices that help us achieve success and harmony in our daily lives while supporting the progress of our spiritual development. These centuries-old practices incorporate visualization and prayers designed to aid in purification and the accumulation of merit (positive potential). The strength and support of group practice magnifies the impact of the energy that pujas create, producing benefits that include:
Pujas are an important element of Shantideva Center’s integrative spiritual program and are suitable for all levels of practitioners. We regularly offer Cittamani Tara Puja, Extensive Medicine Buddha Puja, Guru Puja (Lama Chöpa), Guru Rinpoche Puja, Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, Medicine Buddha Puja, and Sur Offering. You are warmly invited to join our welcoming community as a participant or observer. There is no charge to participate, and you may bring a an offering of plant-based food, fruit, or flowers to create further merit.
“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.” -Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche