In order to progress on the path to enlightenment, most of us need to accumulate a large amount of merit (positive energetic potential). The more extensively and properly we do ritual practice, the more powerful the positive merit we accumulate. Creating very strong merit helps us meditate properly and achieve realisation. Pujas are chanted prayer ceremonies which show respect and devotion. They create merit (positive energy) for yourself or others.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends that all FPMT centres practice the Medicine Buddha, Tara and Lama Choepa pujas each month. These practices are open to everyone, and do not require any “empowerment” (permission or blessing from a guru to practice). You are welcome to come as a participant, or simply to observe and learn. Beginners and advanced practitioners will benefit from the strong positive energy generated by group practice. Please feel free to bring vegetarian offerings (e.g. biscuits, fruit or flowers) for the shrine.
We celebrate Green Tara pujas on the last Wednesday of every month, at 6.30pm, just before the regular class. Please check the programme for more details. You can also join us in reciting Tara mantras for the success of our group and activities. Find out more
“Tara is the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity, whose Tibetan name means ‘liberator’, signalling her ability to free beings from the delusion and ignorance that keep them trapped in ever-recurring patterns of negativity. She embodies a challenge, but one that is profoundly nurturing: to transform our minds and become like her, reflecting the tranquility, compassion and wisdom that make her so beautiful.” Ven. Thubten Chodren, ‘How to Free Your Mind’
The Medicine Buddha puja purifies and heals on all levels — physical, mental, spiritual and environmental. It is considered particularly powerful for people who are sick or have recently died, and for bringing both temporary success and the ultimate success of Enlightenment.
We have recently begun to include the Medicine Buddha puja in our programme from time to time. If you would like to get involved, please contact us and we will let you know when the next one is taking place.
We have a prayer dedication book for people to put in the names of people they wish us to say prayers for, so please feel free to write in the names yourself before or after a class, send in names in an email or telephone with the names.
Once a month, on the 25th day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, we offer a Lama Choepa Guru puja with Tsok. This celebrates the kindness of our teachers and the magnificence of the Buddhist tradition. The Tsok offering is a tantric Buddhist celebration practice. The puja is considered to generally bring good fortune.
Please feel free to join us for this joyful celebration,You can join in the prayers and chanting from the sadhana (spiritual text) or simply sit, listen and enjoy the blessings, If you wish you may bring offerings (for example incense, fruit, flowers, biscuits) for the shrine. Current dates are here.