Pujas & 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. 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:
- Clearing obstacles to success and happiness
- Contributing to causes for enlightenment
- Purifying negativities
- Helping us to meditate well
- Building a flourishing spiritual community
- Promoting health and long life for ourselves and others
- Strengthening our connection to the buddhas and our spiritual teachers
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. According to Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “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.”
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 contacting [email protected].
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. To sponsor, click here. If you would like to schedule and sponsor an individual puja, please contact our director, Desmond Hosford.
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. These practices include Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas, Vajrasattva mantra recitation and meditation, Prostrations to Vajrasattva, and Dorje Khadro. For more information, please see Clean Your Karma.
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. Examples of sutras that Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recommended for us to recite include the Sutra of Golden Light, Sanghata Sutra, and the Diamond Cutter Sutra.
UPCOMING PUJAS AND PRACTICES
Note: Pre-registration is not required.