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What is a puja?
A puja (chanted prayer) is a highly creative and imaginative practice, the words of the puja guide us through powerful methods for transforming our mind, and help create the right inner experience for our meditation to be successful. The prayers can initially seem a little mysterious when we are new to the teachings. This a great opportunity to discover a powerful aid to our meditation.
What are these practices?
In these practices we make prayers (requests to Buddhas) to remove negativity from our mind and gain positive energy and good fortune, helping us along our spiritual path.
During some prayers we make offerings of food (tsog) to our Spiritual Guide and all the holy beings. The purpose of making offerings is to improve our mind of giving.
These food offerings are set out very beautifully on a table in front of the shrine before the prayers start, and during the prayers we offer these to Buddha, our Spiritual Guide, and the Tsog. After the prayers are over, everyone is welcome to stay and eat some of these offerings together.
*Please arrive in advance of the advertised start time so that you are settled in the Meditation Room before the prayers start. You are welcome to bring your own offerings – vegetarian food that is ready to eat, or drinks.
Why do we do it regularly?
There are two practices in this puja. The first is a special Guru Yoga in which we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa, who himself is a manifestation of Manjushri. By relying upon this practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessing.
The second practice is a method for relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Through this, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable condition so that we can nurture and increase our Dharma realisations.
Who is Dorje Shugden?
Dorje Shugden is the Dharma Protector of modern Kadampa Buddhists. He always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities.
What is a Dharma Protector?
A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from gaining spiritual realisation, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice.
Do I need to bring anything or wear anything special?
No. You can choose to sit on a chair, or on a cushion if you prefer to sit cross-legged. You don’t need to bring anything else with you. Some people like to bring offerings, so feel free to do so or not.
What if I’m new to this?
Everyone is welcome to participate, if you feel the prayers are a little mysterious, we will happily recommend some follow-on reading or classes after if you are interested.