Khenchen Sherab's Centers
SAKYA DHARMA FAMILY
What is a puja &
how to choose the right one?
The power of prayer is well known in all religious and spiritual traditions. According to Buddhism, our experiences in life are the result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create suffering and virtuous actions create happiness.
Prayers and pujas allow us to purify the negative actions we accumulated in the past and eliminate or prevent the arising of the resulting obstacles. Pujas are special rituals in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas to request their help and invoke their blessings.
What is a gift of blessings?
If you are looking for a special gift for a special person or a person in need, you can order a puja as a Gift of Blessings. To do so, click on the "Order a puja" button and chose the “Gift of Blessings” option on the order form. Once we have received your Gift of Blessings request, we will send you an email with the exact date(s) of the puja(s) scheduled according to the auspicious dates in Tibetan lunar calendar, and an email to the beneficiary you indicate on the form with a gift certificate featuring your personal dedications, if you choose to do so.
The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by ordained ones are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. But most importantly, making offerings to the different manifestations of enlightened beings, and to the sangha community generates and increases merit, our positive potential. Merit is needed to have success in all activities.
Pujas are performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles which arise due to the lack of merit, which prevent us from achieving our mundane and spiritual goals. Removing these obstacles can help us achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities.
How to chose a puja?
While some prayers are of general benefit, others can help us with more specific problems. If you are not sure, which puja to chose, you can use this form to describe your motivation for requesting a puja (ie. the challenges you face or the goals you strive to achieve), and our resident lamas will advise you.
Why request a puja?
Pujas can help us eliminate different kinds of obstacles:
Pujas can be performed for various purposes:
What pujas can be performed?
Long life puja
A puja (Tse Lha Nam Sum/tib.) which includes three longevity Buddhas - Amitayus, Ushnishavijaya and White Tara - in order to increase the energy of life, merits and power.
Pujas to support your activities and protect you against obstacles
Tara is especially quick in granting success in obtaining both temporal and the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. She can save us from life-threatening sicknesses, help us recover from sickness, bring us success and happiness in life in general, protect us from fears, help us have a child and the like. She is especially recommended in all family matters.
Mahakala puja is performed to eliminate obstacles in daily life - during a journey, when starting a new job, our activities become successful - and challenges to one’s spiritual practice and to enrich one’s life and virtue and wisdom.
Most commonly this puja is performed to support the recovery of a person undergoing treatment or surgery. It is also performed for the deceased, to help them take rebirth in the higher realms.
Avalokiteshvara puja is performed to develop and increase loving compassion in daily life and that the activities become successful.
The primary activity is to remove sickness, especially those caused by nagas.
This puja is performed to bring generosity and good fortune to our lives.
White Mahakala is famous for removing obstacles to our practice involving lack of support, resources or prosperity, which limit our ability to help other beings. He is the Mahakala who relieves poverty and brings us prosperity.
A Protector Puja
This puja is good for healing illnesses, curing bad dreams and ill omens. It is well indicated for those who have to undergo major medical procedures etc., and can also be performed to purify the energy in homes and dwellings.
The Naga ritual is said to have the power to increase one’s wealth, fame, health and merits. It is also indicated to increase resources, peace and prosperity, and eliminate obstacles and sickness, especially skin-related diseases.
Pujas for the deceased