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Shakyamuni Buddha Puja on Lhabab Duchen 2019

5:30 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Shakyamuni Buddha Puja is a source of good collections: a rite of homage, worship (making offerings) and prayers to the teacher, the King of Sages, remembering his previous lives and biography.

The main point of the puja is to develop one's faith in the Buddha and collect vast merits by thinking about the wonderful things he has done - both in his countless previous lives as a bodhisattva and in his life as Shakyamuni, feeling joyful about them and making offerings, both real and visualized.

The framework of the central part of the puja is the seven limbs - prostrations, offering, purification, rejoicing, requesting the guru to remain, requesting the teachings, and dedication. These are preceded by various preliminaries aimed at getting the participants into the right frame of mind and at setting up the visualization of the field of merit, to whom the seven limbs are addressed. One also purifies one's negative karmas by confessing them with regret and creates further merits by auspicious wishes and prayers for the flourishing of the Buddha's doctrine. These are followed by prayers which comprise the extensive limb of dedication and then saying goodbye to the beings in the field of merit.

(Extracted from A Service Manual for Spiritual Program Coordinators, FPMT and Shakyamuni Puja - Worshipping the Buddha, Wisdom Publications, London.)

From Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

I want to introduce the Guru Shakyamuni Puja, which I found very beneficial for the mind and especially, I thought for developing bodhicitta and entering into the Bodhisattva deeds - the extensive, hard Bodhisattva deeds. It gives great inspiration to sacrifice oneself for sentient beings equaling the sky.

Holy Days are an especially auspicious time to sponsor spiritual events. Sponsoring spiritual events is beneficial on many levels. It benefits the Center by providing the resources to offer the event; it benefits the students who attend the event, and it benefits the donor by deepening the practice of generosity and creating the causes to meet the Dharma again in the future.

Sponsorship of a Holy Day puja is $125, and of general Holy Day events and activities, it's $108.

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