A puja is a ritual celebration of offerings and prayers, an essential part of which is making a spiritual connection with one’s inner essence. The word puja means “to please” and has the connotation to please through offerings and practice.
A puja typically involves recitations, prayers, visualisation and offerings and always results in the generation of good energy. With good motivation, pujas will bring about positive transformations in the mind and can definitely help to overcome problems and hardships.
Please bring flowers, fruit or delicious treats to offer on the altar. Since food offerings are distributed amongst the participants at the end, choose things that are easily shared out (eg. individual chocolates or mini-cheeses rather than a block, and so on)
Guru Puja Tsog
Guru Puja is traditionally celebrated on the 10th and 25th days of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar month. The puja runs for approximately 90 minutes and everyone is invited.
The Guru Puja practice provides us with a unique opportunity to come together in Dharma friendship and share in the joyful and meritorious activity of offering thanksgiving to all our kind teachers.
It lays the foundation of the whole path to enlightenment on our mind stream, connects us more strongly to our teachers, allows us to accumulate skies of merit and purifies aeons of negative karma. The text is available at the Centre and is conducted in both English and Tibetan.
Tara Puja is usually performed on the 8th day of the Tibetan Calendar month and takes approximately one hour. It is recited or chanted mainly in English and everyone is invited to attend, bringing some flowers or fruit with you for the altar offerings.
Tara (the Liberator) is a Buddha in female form who represents the skilful activities of all enlightened beings. Contemplating Tara brings quick results in whatever we want and need, up to the ultimate happiness of enlightenment, as well as bringing temporal benefits of this life relating to work, business, family, relationships, etc.
Known as the ‘Mother of all Buddhas’, Tara awakens and helps fulfil our potential to attain enlightenment. Taking part in this practice enables us to develop Tara’s energy within us, which is the energy of our own active compassion and wisdom.
Unable to attend a puja in person? All our pujas are now being streamed online. You can still join in at home and aslo by requesting special dedication prayers for yourself or someone you know. Send us your prayer dedication names to the coordinator. Consider making a small donation and we’ll buy special offerings on your behalf. Let us know at which specific puja you’d like us to dedicate these special prayers on your behalf.