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Guru Puja & Tsog (PRACTICE ALONG)
Sunday 24 September All day
Nurture the powerful potential for spiritual growth with a ceremony rich in symbolism. Reliance on our spiritual teacher is the foundation of all spiritual progress, and this ceremony helps us create mountains of merit and purify broken samaya.
To complete the path to enlightenment we need to maintain a strong and pure relationship with the guru. We do this by relating to the different aspects of the guru, and to ultimately bring forth the inner guru, the purity of our own mind. This puja contains the whole path to enlightenment, and creates a powerful potential for spiritual growth.
The prayers include calling the lama from afar, lineage prayers, re-taking one’s vows, and Tsog offering. In the puja we pay homage to the lineage lamas and their vast qualities, using the traditional Tibetan tunes that are said to come from the dakinis and bless one’s mindstream. They carry a power and blessing in themselves, moving both the heart and the mind.
Tsog is offered on the Tibetan 10th and 25th of each month, as a way to hasten realisations. Each time various prayers will be done in English so we can become familiar with the meaning and purpose of each.
Everyone is welcome to join us, although the practice is especially important for those with an HYT initiation or a commitment to learn and perform this practice.
“This Guru Puja is described as the very heart or essence of the ear-whispered lineage of the transformed scripture of Ganden. It means that this is a most precious teaching & the quickest way to achieve enlightenment.”– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
This means you can play the puja at home! Miffi has pre-recorded this practice so you can offer it at home on the appropriate day, push pause to reflect on the meaning, and take time with your own dedications.
You will need to download the text, set up some offerings, a ‘give-back plate’ to take outside, and if you are familiar with them already, arrange the bala and madana.
You may also want to have a tea or beverage ready to offer when making your own dedications.
Donate to a Puja:
Donations made on Buddhist Holy Days are especially powerful. Your contribution here will go towards puja offerings, altar offerings, holy objects, and commissioned statues for LTC.