Pujas for the Living
Sponsor A Puja
Please use the form below to sponsor the puja of your choice. Descriptions of each puja are below the form.
- Use the form above to make a donation toward the puja to request a prayer, so that you or a loved one receives dedications of the merit at the end of the puja.
- Please provide name(s) in the beneficiary box, and specify types of Puja desired:
For the Living, please specify type(s) of Puja desired: 1) Healing, Health and Longevity, 2) Removal of Obstacles, 3) Dharma Protection, 4) Wisdom & Spiritual Accomplishments, or 5) Lamp Prayers to Dispel/Purify Obstacles.
What are 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 for oneself and others.
Why Request a Puja?
In traditional Buddhist cultures, lay people ask members of the monastic community to perform pujas for them in order to increase positive circumstances and success in their spiritual and worldly affairs, as well as to deal with or avert problems which may occur in those areas.
The monastic community’s many years of profound practice experience lends great blessings and power to the puja. This mutually supportive relationship between the lay and monastic communities generates a vast, resonant field of bodhicitta, which will benefit all beings.
How Does a Puja “Work”?
Pujas can be sponsored to benefit oneself or another, for the living or for the dead. Each puja is centered around a specific Buddha, whose activity is specifically suited to fulfill certain functions – such as protection, removing obstacles, pacifying illness, or helping the deceased.
When requested, sponsored puja will be performed at DDSC temple by one or more of our resident ordained sangha – Venerable Khenpo Samdup and/or Venerable Ani Konchok Gamtso – who may also be joined by other practitioners. If feasible, pujas can be also performed in conjunction at one of the monasteries with which DDSC is affiliated such as Garchen Buddhist Institute, Drikung Kagyu Monastery or Drikung Kagyu Nunnery. The public can participate in the puja if desired. No registration required to sit in on the puja.
Is there a fee for a Puja Service?
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 an auspicious connection between the puja sponsor, the person being prayed for, the Buddha being prayed to, and the lamas offering the prayers and pujas, and the prayers being made.
You may donate whatever amount is comfortable for you. Your donation will go toward the ordained sangha as an offering for the puja performed, and to help support Drikung Dharma Surya’s temple operations.
If the requested offering involves a hardship, please contact DDSC so that accommodations can be made. We are grateful for all donations, no matter the size.
SPONSORING A PUJA
Pujas can be sponsored to benefit oneself or another. Pujas sponsored at DDSC temple will be primarily performed by Venerable Khenpo Samdup and/or Venerable Ani Konchok Gamtso, joined by other lamas at monasteries with which DDSC is affiliated if possible.