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Guru Rinpoche Puja

“Padmasambhava is a special person with a connection to Chenrezig. He is one of the highest. He was a buddha, a fully enlightened one.” —His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Revered and beloved in Tibet as embodying all the buddhas and as a manifestation of Amitabha, Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche, meaning Precious Master) arrived from India during the 8th century to establish Buddhism in the Land of the Snows, transforming negative forces into Dharma protectors.

Prayers to Padmasambhava are considered to be increasingly potent during these difficult times, and he is often invoked for protection and the destruction of obstacles. The powerful prayers in this puja include the Supplication to Dispel Obstacles on the Path and the Requesting Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. All are warmly welcomed, and altar offerings of flowers, fruits, or sweets are encouraged as a merit-generating practice of generosity.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom, as the center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend.

After registering, an email receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. A login link for Zoom will be on the receipt. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

If you have questions about Zoom or on how to access the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Sadhana for Online Practice

Please download and refer to this sadhana and this prayers booklet during the online practice.

Schedule / Registration

Please register below. If it doesn’t work for you*, please try this alternative page

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Suggested Donation

Open. All are welcome.

Prayer Requests

If you would like to request a dedication for yourself or someone else who might benefit from this practice, please email [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 $108. 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 write to [email protected]. 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

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