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Ongoing Pujas for the Success of FPMT and All Beings
The Puja Fund was established by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to provide resources for continuous pujas (offering prayer ceremonies) dedicated to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and to the success of all the FPMT centers, projects, services, students, benefactors and those serving the organization in any way, as well as all beings.
The pujas and prayers are offered by as many as 15,650 ordained Sangha. The enormous number of Sangha engaged in these practices and also making offerings to all the Sangha is an extremely powerful means to overcome obstacles and create merit for the entire organization.
Additionally, monthly and annual offerings are organized for powerful holy objects in Nepal, Tibet, and India. These pujas and practices are a direct and important investment in FPMT’s current and future successes.
The merit that is created from all these pujas is also your merit. So you can dedicate all these merits to having realizations and to achieve enlightenment.
The extensive range of practices and pujas that are offered in India, Nepal and around the world through the Puja Fund, for the benefit of the FPMT organization, is astounding. One of activities includes offering gold to the holy Jowo Buddha statue in Tibet, as well as offering new brocade parasols above the two great stupas in Nepal. As Charitable Projects Coordinator, Ven. Holly Ansett, recently commented, “It is like Rinpoche has taken on the personal responsibility to care for so many holy objects in the world on behalf of FPMT.” Offering these pujas and practices to holy objects and Sangha, on behalf of all FPMT centers, projects and services, is one way of creating an incredible amount of merit and in this way this can help the FPMT organization achieve its goals which stretch far into the future for the benefit of all.
Practices and Pujas Offered on the Four Buddha Days
Losar (Tibetan New Year and the 15 days of miracles)
Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana)
Chokhor Duchen (Day 4 of Month 6, commemorating Lord Buddha’s first teaching)
Lha Bab Duchen (Buddha’s Descent from Tushita)
- Practices offered on Losar (which includes the recitation of the entire Prajnaparamita).
- Practices offered on Saka Dawa (which includes 100,000 recitations of Praises to the Twenty-One Taras).
- Practices offered on Chokhor Duchen (which includes the recitation of entire Kangyur).
- Practices offered on Lha Bab Duchen (which includes 1,000 Offerings to Namgyalma and Medicine Buddha Puja).
Practices and Pujas Offered Monthly
- Monthly extensive Medicine Buddha Puja
- Monthly Extensive Hayagriva Puja
- Monthly offerings to the Boudhanath and Swayambhunath stupas
- Monthly offering of robes and gold to the Buddha statues in Tibet and Bodhgaya
All of the pujas and practices are offered on auspicious days of the Tibetan calendar. On these days, virtuous karma is increased as much as 100 million times. During all the pujas Sangha read extensive dedications prepared by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and offer the merit to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and to the removal of obstacles to all of FPMT’s Dharma activities. Merit is also dedicated to FPMT students, benefactors of every FPMT center, service and project, as well as their families, to all who have passed away, and specifically to the benefactors of the FPMT Puja Fund.
So far, these offerings and pujas have not been publicized much, but I would like to make it known so that other people can participate in making these extensive offerings. The offering to all these monasteries happen continuously, every year, every month. My idea is for these offerings and pujas to continue forever or for as long as the monasteries exist. Please if you make offerings, please think in this way and dedicate and you can also remember on the actual day that the pujas are happening, rejoice and dedicate. This is the best business, the best way to create most extensive merit.
Support to Sangha and Monasteries
The sponsorship of these pujas also helps support the monasteries and nunneries involved, as well as the Sangha offering the prayers. The annual expense for the pujas is over $85,000. Up until now, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has happily covered nearly all these costs. Now you can join Rinpoche in sponsoring these important and beneficial pujas.
Ven. Roger Kunsang, FPMT’s CEO, recently commented, “It is really quite an inspiring list [of pujas offered] and tens of thousands of Sangha are involved. They are all disciples of the one Guru so the merit is vast. You can’t get enough zeros on the biggest calculator [to show how much merit]!”
By contributing to the Puja Fund, and making your own dedications and offerings, you become part of the incredible continuous practice of prayers offered by thousands of monks and nuns around the world for the benefit of all.
The annual cost of this fund is US$85,000
How Can I Make a Donation?
You can also send a check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Puja Fund” on the memo line.
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The Puja Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
For more information please contact: Holly Ansett, Charitable Projects Coordinator.
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