Pujas and Practices


Pujas are powerful ceremonial practices that help us achieve success and harmony in our daily lives while supporting the progress of our spiritual development.


Shantideva Center regularly offers purification practices that help us to maintain our mindstreams free of karmic clutter. Through these practices, we refocus, motivate, and, with compassion for ourselves, spring ahead in the joyous cultivation of virtue. We take responsibility for our actions and empower ourselves for future success.

Sutra Recitation

From time to time, FPMT centers are advised by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche to recite Mahayana sutras (the canonical teachings of the Buddha) from the Sanskrit canon. Reciting even just one verse from these texts is very beneficial for developing spiritual realizations, fostering world peace, and overcoming various obstacles in life. The most powerful way to recite is as a group.

Request a Prayer Dedication

All participants at pujas are welcome to make dedications for themselves or loved ones facing illness, death, or other difficulties. You may also make a request by emailing prayers@shantidevanyc.org .

Sponsor a Puja

You are welcome to sponsor all or part of a puja. Full sponsorship is $108. Great merit is created by your contribution of any amount. You may do so by registering a scheduled puja.

Upcoming Pujas and Practices