– You are welcome to bring friends along, but please let us know so we can plan accordingly. Capacity limits apply, so if you need to cancel, let us know so we can offer your place to others.
– You are also welcome to bring offerings, but they MUST be commercially packaged. They will be offered to the needy at a later date.
– We ask you to abide by our COVID-safe plan and observe physical distancing, wear a face-mask if you wish, and stay home if feeling even slightly unwell, with any cold or flu like symptoms, as well as allergies.
– If you are joining us ONLINE, remember to download the text! (Link in confirmation email as well)
Lama Zopa Rinpoche emphasises how the Shakyamuni Puja is so important, as a practice that purifies the obstacles and accumulates the necessary conditions, the merits – such as the seven limb practice and mandala offering and the practice of requesting the merit field – that are done in order to receive blessings and for the mind to enter in the graduated path.
We recite praises to the Buddha based on stories from the Jataka Tales, make copious offerings, personal dedications, and strew flowers to the ten directions! You will have the opportunity to make personal dedications for the sick and vulnerable, and the removal of obstacles. We also pray for the success of spiritual endeavours, the flourishing of Dharma, and for all the resources needed to best benefit ourselves and others.