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Lama Tsong Khapa Day Guru Puja & Tsog
Thursday 7 December @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us on one of the most important days on our calendar! Celebrating together helps us strengthen our connection with the Dharma and ensures we can continue to receive teachings from our gurus. Lama Tsong Khapa embodies all aspects of buddhahood – wisdom, compassion and ability. He was said to be a manifestation of Chenrezig the buddha of compassion, Manjushri the buddha of wisdom, and Vajrapani the buddha of action and skilful methods.
Reliance on a spiritual teacher like this is the foundation of all spiritual progress, and this ceremony helps us create mountains of merit and purify broken samaya. We can nurture our powerful potential for spiritual growth with this ceremony, rich in symbolism.
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.
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 ceremony will be led by:
Miffi MaxmillionRegistered FPMT Teacher
The Spiritual Program Co-ordinator of LTC, leading beginner’s courses since 1998. With a background in circus and costumes, Miffi lends a contemporary flavour to both Buddhist psychology and ritual ceremonies.
If you are joining us online, have ready:
– A beverage for the tea offering
– Your ritual implements (if you have them)
– Food offerings for your altar
– A ‘give back’ plate and incense stick to take outside
– Bala and Madana (if you have)
Can’t come to the puja but still want to donate to the offerings?
Make a contribution on someone’s behalf, with an option to send an eCard or tribute to them if you wish.