Extensive Medicine Buddha Puja
Composed in 1673 by the Fifth the Dalai Lama, Ngawang Losang Gyatso (1617–82), The Wish-Granting Sovereign is an extensive rite dedicated to the seven Medicine Buddhas, Buddha Shakyamuni, and an assembly of bodhisattvas and guardian deities. This puja, the most extensive of all the Medicine Buddha pujas (it includes prostrations and 108 offerings), was translated at the request of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The practice of the seven Medicine Buddhas is a spiritual method to alleviate sickness, poverty, conflict, and all the other miseries that inevitably afflict beings living in the world. Rinpoche advised Shantideva Center to practice this puja regularly. The puja will begin with prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas. For those who are able, it is good to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts before sunrise on the day of this puja. For those unable to take the precepts, it is best to avoid eating black foods (meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, and radishes) before the puja. Offerings of food or flowers to generate merit are very welcome. For food offerings, it’s best that they not contain black foods; fruit or plant-based (vegan) options are fantastic!
Please register below. You may also register at the door.
Open. All are welcome.
If you would like to request a dedication for yourself or someone else who might benefit from this practice, please email Jane Bosveld at [email protected] and indicate “Puja” in the subject line. Please provide a 24-hour notice for prayer requests.
You are welcome to sponsor all or part of the puja. Full sponsorship is $200. 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 contact our director, Desmond Hosford. 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