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4,000 monks of Sera Lachi offer Druk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles), Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma) and Zangcho (King of Prayers), recitation of the entire Kangyur on Chokhor Duchen.

Each year on Chokhor Duchen (Day 4 of Month 6, commemorating  Lord Buddha’s first teaching) the Puja Fund is sponsoring pujas and offerings all over the world by 14,850 monks and nuns. This is something amazing to rejoice in. Chokhor Duchen takes place this year on July 31, 2014.

On Buddha Multiplying Days, like Chokhor Duchen, karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

Powerful pujas ( for example: recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions) and Kangyur) are offered by 14,850 Sangha at monastic institutions and dedicated to the entire FPMT organization, extensive offerings are made to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus as well as Sangha around the world, and offerings are made to holy objects in Nepal, India and Tibet.

You can see the details of this incredible array of offerings that will take place on July 31 and join in the merit generated.

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A monk offering robes, made of best quality cloth, to Buddha statue at Mahabodhi Stupa. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche carefully choosing the cloth that will be offered as robes for the Buddha statue at Mahabodhi Stupa.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche carefully choosing the cloth that will be offered as robes for the Buddha statue at Mahabodhi Stupa.

Every month Lama Zopa Rinpoche arranges for a new set of robes to be offered to the precious Buddha statue inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya, India.

In February, Rinpoche went to the market to choose the exact, best quality cloth for the robes and then offered prayers as a monk offered the robes to the Buddha very slowly and precisely (even though it was a busy evening with many pilgrims). This material, chosen by Rinpoche, will now always be used when offering the monthly set of robes to the statue.

The cloth Rinpoche chose for the offered robes.

The beautiful cloth Rinpoche chose for the offered robes.

In addition to offering robes every month to the Buddha statue in Bodhgaya, Lama Zopa Rinpoche also offers gold to the Jowo Buddha in Tibet and offer saffron flower petals, white wash, and material for umbrellas to Bouddhanath and Swayambunath stupas in Nepal.

Please rejoice in these incredible monthly offerings.

You are welcome to contribute any amount to these ongoing offerings to holy objects in India, Tibet and Nepal.

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Jowa Buddha in Tibet

The incredible and precious Jowa Buddha statue in Tibet.

jowaEvery month, on the full moon, the Puja Fund sponsors the offering of gold and robes to the most holy Jowa Buddha Statue in Tibet. US$3,000 was recently sent toward this monthly offering. Even if you don’t personally make this offering, you can join in by mentally offering the gold and robes yourself. 

The extensive range of monthly and annual practices and pujas that are offered in India, Nepal and around the world through the Puja Fund is astounding. As Charitable Projects Coordinator, Ven. Holly Ansett, commented, “It is like Rinpoche has taken on the personal responsibility to care for all the main holy objects in the world on behalf of FPMT.”

All are welcome to participate in the activities sponsored by the Puja Fund by offering any amount toward these ongoing beneficial pujas and practices which are performed by as many as 9,000 Sangha members:

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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. After this, then you liberate numberless hell beings, pretas, animals, humans, suras and asuras from the ocean of samsaric sufferings and bring them to full Enlightenment. When all beings are IMG 0129brought to Enlightenment, only then are all the results of offering achieved. So by offering gold, then wow, wow, wow.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Scribe Ven. Tenzin Namdrol. Kopan, December 2012.

If you were Sangha but you didn’t wear robes, then people would not know [that you were ordained], but with robes on there is no question. That is how the robes have such incredible benefit for the mind. It is planting the seed for enlightenment when people show respect to your wearing of the robes, or to the robes themselves: This is planting the seed of liberation, and is a way of benefiting sentient beings.…

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

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Most Secret Hayagriva torma.

Most Secret Hayagriva torma offering.

Every month on the Tibetan 29th day, an important day to offer protector pujas, The Puja Fund sponsors about 40 of the most senior monks of Sera Je Monastery, who specialize in the practice of Most Secret Hayagriva, to offer the Extensive Most Secret Hayagriva puja (Hayagriva Tsog Kong). This is an all day puja with an elaborate torma offering (pictured above) and extensive prayers and meditation.

The Puja Fund just offered funds to cover the last 12 months of these pujas. The total amount for this is US$5,250.82

The Extensive Most Secret Hayagriva puja is dedicated to all FPMT centers, services, projects; the success of all Dharma activities and removal of obstacles; to all students who are facing obstacles; to the benefactors of the Puja Fund and to all beings.

You are welcome to contribute any amount to these powerful monthly pujas:

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Jowa Buddha in Tibet

Every month on the full moon the Puja Fund sponsors the offering of gold and robes to the most holy Jowa Buddha Statue in Tibet.

The extensive range of practices and pujas that are offered in India, Nepal and around the world through the Puja Fund is astounding. As Charitable Projects Coordinator, Ven. Holly Ansett, recently commented, “It is like Rinpoche has taken on the personal responsibility to care for all the main holy objects in the world on behalf of FPMT.”

Every month, the Puja Fund sponsors an incredible array of beneficial activities. Please check the dates that these will be occurring in May and June so you can rejoice as they are offered:

Full Moon

May 14, 2014
June 13, 2014

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Offering of white-washing, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
  • Offering new umbrellas to the stupas’ pinnacles, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
  • Saffron flowers offered in each of the four directions. Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
  • 16 Arhant puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
  • A new set of robes of the most precious material with meditation practice is offered each month to the Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple, Bodhgaya, India
  • A new set of robes of the most precious material is offered monthly to the Jowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokhang, Lhasa Jokhang, Tibet
  • Gold is also offered to the holy face of the Jowa Buddha, Lhasa Jokhang, Tibet
  • Robes offered to special Chenrezig statue inside Potala palace (when possible), Tibet

Tibetan 8th day

May 7, 2014
June 6, 2014

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Extensive Medicine Buddha puja on the 8th day of the Tibetan month to bring success to all one’s activities, and for long life and also when anyone has passed away, Sera Me Monastery, India
  • Rs 20 offering to approx. 2000 monks, Sera Me Monastery, India

Tibetan 29th day

May 27, 2014
June 26, 2014

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Hayagriva Tsog Kong: all-day puja to Hayagriva with extensive offerings offered by 40 senior monks at Sera Je Monastery
  • Rs 150 offering to approx. 40 monks, Sera Je Monastery, India

In addition, the following is offered annually:

  • Annual 100,000 Tsog Offerings to Padmasambhava
  • Annual recitation of 100,000 Praises to the 21 Taras
  • Annual recitation of the Kangyur
  • Incredible array of pujas and offerings during the 15 days of Losar
  • Incredible array of pujas and offerings during the month of Saka Dawa
  • Incredible array of pujas and offerings during Chokhor Duchen
  • Incredible array of pujas and offerings during Lha Bab Duchen

Please rejoice in the incredible ongoing offerings of pujas, practices and prayers sponsored by the Puja Fund and performed by as many as 9,000 Sangha. You are welcome to donate any amount to these ongoing offerings.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering puja.



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Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering puja.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, recently offered US$3,469 to the FPMT Puja Fund to support the ongoing amazing array of pujas and activities that are continuously offered and dedicated for the success of FPMT, the health and long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus, as well as all FPMT students, benefactors, and to all beings.

The extensive range of practices and pujas that are offered in India, Nepal and around the world through the Puja Fund is astounding. As Charitable Projects Coordinator, Ven. Holly Ansett, commented, “It is like Rinpoche has taken on the personal responsibility to care for all the main holy objects in the world on behalf of FPMT.”

Supporting the Puja Fund is a high priority for Lama Zopa Rinpoche and he personally donated $65,000 to this project in 2013.

Rinpoche often mentions that much of the success of FPMT is due to the pujas that are happening all the time.

Jowa Buddha in Tibet

Every month the Puja Fund sponsors the offering of gold and robes to the most holy Jowa Buddha Statue in Tibet.

For example, the following are offered through the Puja Fund:

 Please consider joining with Rinpoche in supporting The Puja Fund:

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Geshe Sengye and Hayagriva torma

Geshe Sengye, the past Abbott of Sera Je Monastery in Tibet, and Extensive Hayagriva torma.

Every month on the Tibetan 29th day, an important day to offer protector pujas, The Puja Fund sponsors about 40 of the most senior monks of Sera Je Monastery, who specialize in the practice of Most Secret Hayagriva, to offer the Extensive Most Secret Hayagriva puja (Hayagriva Tsog Kong). This is an all day puja with an elaborate torma offering (pictured above) and extensive prayers and meditation. 150 rs is offered to each monk offering this puja.

The Extensive Most Secret Hayagriva puja is dedicated to all FPMT centers, services, projects; the success of all Dharma activities and removal of obstacles; to all students who are facing obstacles; to the benefactors of the Puja Fund and to all beings.

The Puja Fund makes a small offering to the 40 monks who perform the puja; offers breakfast, lunch and dinner; and covers the cost of extensive torma offerings for the puja.

Every Tibetan 29th day (This month it is: December 31, 2013), you can remember that there are over 40 monks performing the Extensive Most Secret Hayagriva puja. This is something amazing to rejoice in, to mentally offer and dedicate towards and also something you can participate in by donating any amount … How amazing!

You may donate toward this monthly puja and the entire array of ongoing offerings sponsored by The Puja Fund:

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Most Secret Hayagriva torma.

Most Secret Hayagriva torma.

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Most precious self-emanating statue of Chenrezig said to be the actual deity itself in Phakpa, Garsha Khandroling, India.

In July 2013 Lama Zopa Rinpoche engaged in retreat with Khadro-la and Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche in the valley of Lahual, India, which is known by meditators as Garsha Khandroling, “Land of the Dakinis.”

 The retreat took place in one of the holy places in Garsha, Phakpa (or Triloknath), a small village with an ancient temple that houses a self-emanating statue of Chenrezig said to be the actual deity itself.

Care taker, Lama Rinchen Dorje

The incredible butter lamp offered to Chenrezig, will have light for all time.

During the retreat Rinpoche sponsored one year of butter for the giant silver butter lamp which is in front of this extremely precious statue of Chenrezig. The cost of a year of butter for the light offering is US$430 a year. In fact, Rinpoche has committed to offer light to this statue for as long as the statue exists.

Rinpoche made the prayer when offering the butter light: ”I am offering this on behalf of all the six-realm sentient beings, all the animals, birds, fish, cockroaches, ants, every bat, every tiny insect that jumps up when you walk in the grass, every single crab, every spider, every butterfly and all the numberless animals and numberless beings in each of the six realms (hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals human beings, sura, asuras and intermediate state beings).” So this offering became an offering from all of these beings as well.

If you would like to contribute to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s extensive offerings to holy objects around the world, you may donate any amount to the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

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We are not aware of the limitless skies of benefits we achieve from the practice of offering, what we can achieve and enjoy from life to life. Even while you are in samsara, you enjoy good rebirths, wealth, and every happiness. Even just the samsaric perfections are amazing, without adding all those incredible realizations that allow us to offer deep benefit to sentient beings, liberating them from oceans of samsaric suffering and its cause, delusion and karma.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche (from Extensive Offerings, published by FPMT Education Services)

Light Offering Prayer

Composed by Lama Atisha

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May the light of the lamp be equal to the great three thousand
worlds and their environments,
May the wick of the lamp be equal to the king of mountains –
Mount Meru.
May the butter be equal to the infinite ocean.
May there be billions of trillions of lamps in the presence of each
and every buddha.
May the light illuminate the darkness of ignorance of all sentient beings
From the peak of samsara down to the most torturous hell,
Whereby they can see directly and clearly all the ten directions’ Buddhas
and bodhisattvas and their pure lands.

OM VAJRA ALOKE AH HUM E MA HO

I offer these beautifully exalted clear and luminous lights
To the thousand buddhas of the fortunate eon,
To all the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the infinite pure lands
and of the ten directions,
To all the gurus, meditation deities, dakas, dakinis, dharma protectors,
and the assembly of deities of all mandalas.

From “Extensive Offering Practice,” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Available
through the FPMT Foundation Store.

 

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-pink-lotus-image21418066Every year on Lha Bab Duchen (Buddha’s Descent from Tushita) the Puja Fund sponsors an incredible array of pujas and offerings performed by Sangha around the world. This year, Lha Bab Duchen is celebrated on November 24 and the Puja Fund will sponsor over US$5,000 in pujas and practices. You are invited to participate in offering to this incredible array of beneficial activities.

  • Sera Lachi (6,000 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho (King of Prayers)
  • Ganden Lachi (3,400 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Zangcho
  • Drepung Lachi (4,200 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tsechog, Zangcho
  • Gyurme Tantric College (650 monks): Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)
  • Gyuto Tantric College (600 monks): Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho.
  • 20rs is offered to every monk at these monasteries.
  • Kopan Monastery: Druk chu ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho. 50rs are offered to each monk.
  • Kopan Nunnery: Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho. 50rs are offered to each nun.
  • Offerings to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus (His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizen, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, Dhakpa Rinpoche, Jhado Rinpoche, Khongla Rato Rinpoche, Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche).
  • Offerings are made to all the Sangha at international Sangha communities: Nalanda Monastery, France;  Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia;  Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy;  Chenrezig Institute, Australia; and  Sangha offering service at Rinpoche’s house, USA.
  • White wash and offering four giant saffron flower petals are offered to Bouddhanath and Swayambunath stupas in Nepal, as well as new umbrellas to the stupas’ pinnacles.
  • A new set of robes of the most precious material is offered to the Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple as well as the Jowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokang and also gold is offered to the holy face of the Jowo Buddha.

You can learn more about the entire array of  yearly and monthly pujas, practices and offerings sponsored by the Puja Fund.  You are welcome to contribute to this ongoing effort.

 

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