Pujas for the Living

WHAT ARE THE PUJAs?

Puja is a skillful tantric practice of purification using the power of mantra, the power of concentration, and the power of Buddha’s words of truth.  Pujas are rituals that involve visualization, recitation of mantras and prayers and making offerings to the enlightened beings (Buddhas/Deities).  Pujas are performed to receive the blessings of enlightened beings, accumulate merit, and dispel obstacles and negative circumstances.

In traditional Buddhist culture, lay people make offerings and request pujas to increase positive circumstances and success in spiritual and worldly affairs as well as to deal with or avert problems that may occur in these areas.

Each puja is centered around a Buddha figure specifically suited to perform a given function such as removing obstacles or pacifying illness.

When requested, sponsored puja will be performed by Venerable Khenpo Samdup joined by DDSC practitioners, as well as by monks in monasteries in India, Nepal and Tibet, if so wished.  The public can participate in the puja if desired.  No registration required to sit in on the puja.

SPONSORING A PUJA

Pujas can be sponsored to benefit oneself or another, for the living.  Pujas sponsored at DDSC will be primarily performed by the DDSC resident lama, Venerable Khenpo Samdup, joined by other lamas and practitioners as possible.

  • Please provide name(s) in the “Comments” box of this Donation, and specify types of Puja desired:  1) Healing, Health and Longevity, 2) Removal of Obstacles, 3) Dharma Protection, or 4) Wisdom & Spiritual Accomplishments.

In traditional settings, when a puja is requested, an offering is made with the request. The offering is a form of the practice of generosity which enables the one making the request to accumulate merits that further enhance the effectiveness of the ritual. Making an offering toward the puja creates a connection between the person being prayed for and the prayers being made.  If the requested offering involves a hardship, please contact DDSC so that accommodations can be made.

When Venerable Khenpo Samdup (joined by other lamas and practitioners) leads the puja, it will be performed in Tibetan. When an English-speaking DDSC practitioner is assisting the puja, he/she will alternatively guide participants make prayers in English through the DDSC puja prayer book.

If requested, prayers or pujas can be also performed in conjunction at one of the monasteries with which DDSC is affiliated Drikung Kagyu Monastery and Shedra, and Drikung Kagyu Nunnery.

 

PUJAs FOR THE LIVING

Healing, Health and Longevity

 Medicine BuddhaMedicine Buddha: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of the Medicine Buddha to aid in healing and to enhance and support your work if you are a medical practitioner. Medicine Buddha is the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. Prayers to Medicine Buddha are especially powerful for the temporal and ultimate happiness of all sentient beings as the prayers would be actualized during these times. Additionally, it assists in overcoming the subtle inner causes of illness, the three poisons of ignorance, desire, and aversion.

Tayatha Om Bekandze Bekandze Maha Bekandze Radza Samudgate Svaha

Tayatha – means “like this”.

Om – composed of the three pure sounds A U and MA, which signifies one’s own body, speech and mind that get transformed into the vajra holy body, speech and mind.

Bekandze bekandze – means “eliminating pain, eliminating pain”. What eliminates pain is medicine. This pain is not ordinary pain – even animals do not want to experience that. The first eliminating pain is true suffering, the second is the true cause of suffering. The medicine that eliminates pain is first the graduated path of the lower capable being, and second the graduated path of the middle capable being.

Maha bekandze – means “the great eliminating pain” is the graduated path of the higher capable being, which eliminates the subtle defilements.

Thus, bekandze bekandze maha bekandze contains the whole path to enlightenment, the ultimate medicine.

Radza – means king.

Samudgate – means ocean of goodness.

Svaha – means an exclamation meaning “hail” or “may blessings be upon” and to establish the foundation in the heart, the blessing, the devotion from which the realization comes, a common ending to Buddhist mantras.

By actualising the meaning of the path contained in bekandze bekandze maha bekandze, the whole Lam Rim, you cease the defilements, gross and subtle, and purify the ordinary body, speech and mind into the vajra holy body, speech and mind. After this you are able to do perfect works for other sentient beings.

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WhiteTara-GarSadhanaWhite Tara: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of White Tara. White Tara is a female buddha associated with healing and longevity.

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Jnana Punya Pushtim Kuru Svaha

Om – composed of the three pure sounds A U and MA, which signifies one’s own body, speech and mind that get transformed into the vajra holy body, speech and mind.

Tāre – means salvation from mundane dangers and suffering. Tara is seem as a savioress who can give aid from material threats such as floods, crime, wild animals, and traffic accidents. Tara is therefore said to protect against ordinary worldly dangers.

Tuttāre – means deliverance into the spiritual path conceived in terms of individual salvation. Tara offers individual protection from the spiritual dangers of greed, hatred, and delusion: the three factors that cause us individual suffering

Ture – means the culmination of the spiritual path in terms of deliverance into the altruistic path of universal salvation – the Bodhisattva path.  In the Bodhisattva path, ones aspires for personal enlightenment, but also connects compassionately with the sufferings of others, and strive sto liberate them at the same time as ones seeks enlightenment ourselves. Tara delivers us from a narrow conception of the spiritual life. She saves us from the notion that spiritual progress is about narrowly liberating ourselves from our own suffering, and instead leads us to see that true spiritual progress involves having compassion for others.

Mama – means “mine” and indicates that ones would like to possess these qualities of long life, merit, wisdom, happiness, etc.

Ayuh – means long life.

Punya - means the merit that comes from living life ethically, and this merit is said to help one to live long and happily.

Jnana – means wisdom.

Punya and Jnana are known as the Two Accumulations. In order to become enlightened, ones needs to accumulate merit (that is, to develop positive qualities through living ethically and meditating) but also needs to develop wisdom through deep reflection.

Pushtim – means wealth, abundance, or increase.

Kuru is a mythical land to the north of the Himalayas, which was said to be a land of long life and happiness.  But here the word kuru is a verb form meaning “do it!” or “make it so!”  With this “make it so!”, ones is imploring White Tara for an increase in wisdom, merit, and long life so that ones can gain enlightenment and help all sentient beings.

Svaha – means an exclamation meaning “hail” or “may blessings be upon” and to establish the foundation in the heart, the blessing, the devotion from which the realization comes, a common ending to Buddhist mantras.

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AmitayusBuddha Amitayus: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of Buddha Amitayus. Buddha Amitayus is a form of the buddha Amitabha that is particularly associated with longevity.

Om Amarani Jiwantiye Svaha

Om – composed of the three pure sounds A U and MA, which signifies one’s own body, speech and mind that get transformed into the vajra holy body, speech and mind.

Amaraņi – means “immortal”, from “a-“(not) + “maraṇi”(dying),

Jivantaye – means “one who is alive (living)”, from “Jiva”(living, existing) and “jivantaye”

Svaha – means an exclamation meaning “hail” or “may blessings be upon” and to establish the foundation in the heart, the blessing, the devotion from which the realization comes, a common ending to Buddhist mantras.

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Removal of Obstacles

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Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha

Om – is composed of the three pure sounds A U and MA, which signifies one’s own body, speech and mind that get transformed into the vajra holy body, speech and mind.

Tāre – means salvation from mundane dangers and suffering. Tara is seem as a savioress who can give aid from material threats such as floods, crime, wild animals, and traffic accidents. Tara is therefore said to protect against ordinary worldly dangers.

Tuttāre – means deliverance into the spiritual path conceived in terms of individual salvation. Tara offers individual protection from the spiritual dangers of greed, hatred, and delusion: the three factors that cause us individual suffering

Ture – means the culmination of the spiritual path in terms of deliverance into the altruistic path of universal salvation – the Bodhisattva path.  In the Bodhisattva path, ones aspires for personal enlightenment, but also connects compassionately with the sufferings of others, and strive sto liberate them at the same time as ones seeks enlightenment ourselves. Tara delivers us from a narrow conception of the spiritual life. She saves us from the notion that spiritual progress is about narrowly liberating ourselves from our own suffering, and instead leads us to see that true spiritual progress involves having compassion for others.

Svaha – means an exclamation meaning “hail” or “may blessings be upon” and to establish the foundation in the heart, the blessing, the devotion from which the realization comes, a common ending to Buddhist mantras.

 

vajrapani2008BVajrapani: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of Vajrapani. Vajrapani is a wrathful buddha associated with the removal of obstacles and unfavorable conditions.

Om Vajrapani Hum

Vajrapani’s mantra is simply his name, which means “wielder of the thunderbolt”, framed between the mystical syllables Om and Hūm. This mantra helps us to gain access to the irrepressible energy that Vajrapani symbolizes.

 

 

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Dharma Protection

Achi Chokyi Drolma 1Achi Chokyi Drolma: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of Achi Chokyi Drolma. Achi Chokyi Drolma is a great protector of the Buddha’s teachings. She is an emanation of Vajrayogini, who embodies the wisdom and activities of all the buddhas. She is the divine mother of the buddhas who manifested out of compassion in the form of the dakinis of the five buddha families.

Om Mama Chakra Svaha Yar Duu Sarwa Du Raja Raja Du Mama Du Hum Phat Svaha

Achi Chokyi Drolma is the special protectress of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition. She is invoked to remove obstacles and to create positive conditions for spiritual and worldly success.  She promised Jigten Sumgön, Ratna Shri, the great Drigungpa, that she would protect the essence of the Buddha’s teachings which he brought to light and transmitted through the lineage of the Drigung Kagyu order. Because of this promise, whosoever will practice the sadhana of Achi Chökyi Drolma with full devotion and certainty will be freed from all kinds of unfavorable circumstances and obstacles in this life, and also obstacles connected with Dharma practice. Those who continue doing the practice with full faith and devotion will finally achieve the perfectly enlightened state, Buddhahood.

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six-arm-mahakalaMahakala: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of Mahalaka. Mahakala is a wrathful form of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion.

Om Mahakala Hum Phat Svaha

Mahakala’s mantra is simply his name.  Mahakala protects practitioners from delusion and supports the accomplishment of dharma practice and the development of positive qualities.

 

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Wisdom & Spiritual Accomplishments

GururRinpocheGuru Rinpoche: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of Guru Rinpoche. Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava) is the condensed essence of all enlightened beings. This puja is performed to remove obstacles to worldly or spiritual accomplishments and to avert harm from spirits or non-human entities.

Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum

Om – is composed of the three pure sounds A U and MA, which signifies one’s own body, speech and mind that get transformed into the vajra holy body, speech and mind.

Ah – is usually said to be connected with speech.  In Sanskrit “ah” is a verb meaning “to express , signify , to call (by name).” So it suggests evoking, or calling forth, the manifestation of enlightenment.

Hum – is often thought of as representing the manifestation of enlightenment in the individual human being.

Often these syllables are associated with body, speech, and mind respectively (i.e., the whole of one’s being). So there’s a suggestion that we are saluting the qualities that Padmasambhava represents with all of our hearts (and minds, and bodies).

Vajra – means thunderbolt, and represents the energy of the enlightened mind. It can also mean diamond. The implication is that the diamond/thunderbolt can cut through anything. The diamond is the indestructible object, while the thunderbolt is the unstoppable force. The vajra also stands for compassion.

Guru – means a wise teacher. It comes from a root word, garu, which means “weighty.” Padmasambhava is so highly regarded in Tibetan Buddhism that he is often referred to as the second Buddha.

Padma – means lotus, calling to mind the purity of the enlightened mind, because the lotus flower, although growing in muddy water, is completely stainless. In the same way, the enlightened mind is surrounded by the greed, hatred, and delusion that is found in the world, and yet remains untouched by it. The lotus, therefore, represents wisdom.

Siddhi – means accomplishment or supernatural powers, suggesting the way in which those who are enlightened can act wisely, but in ways that we can’t necessarily understand. Padmasambhava is a magical figure, and in his biography there are many miracles and tussles with supernatural beings.

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Mansjushri PhotoManjushri: This puja invokes the wisdom and blessings of Manjushri. Manjushri is a buddha associated with the development of wisdom

Om Wam Gi Shwari Mum

Manjushri’s mantra is simply his name, which means “Hail to the Lord of Speech”.

 

 

 

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Merit Accumulation

Sang Offering: This is the practice of offering fragrant incense smoke to the enlightened beings. This is performed in order to accumulate merit, purify obstacles, and repay karmic debts.

Offering 100 Lamps: Offering light is a traditional means of accumulating merit and wisdom. 100 candles will be offered at DDSC’s shrine with the recitation of auspicious prayers and verses.