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Cha Sum (Offering to Worldly Deities)
This practice makes offerings to worldly deities and removal of obstacles and illnesses that are thought to be caused by interfering spirits in particular; wishing for peace, no war and disasters.
Amitabha Puja for The Deceased
Buddha Amitabha, also known as the Buddha of Infinite Light, is a protector of beings who call upon him as they experience death and post-death transitions in the bardo state. By engaging in this practice, we dedicate our merit to the deceased. Through prayers, chanting of the name of Amitabha Buddhawith one-pointed concentration and devotion, the negative karmas of the deceased could be purified and this helps bring their consciousness to the Buddha Amitabaha’s pure realm Dewachen.
Chi Lu (Longevity/Life Extension Ritual)
This vajrayana ritual is a profound means to avert obstacles to long life. It is a special practice to remove obstacles that shorten our life span. By making offerings that satisfy our creditors, who aim at taking our life force and energy, we could avoid untimely death. Those who cannot attend the ceremony can make the arrangement of bringing your fingernails, hair and some coins to the centre beforehand. These things will be offered during the puja. By doing this, one can clear the karmic debts by repaying our creditors directly.
Chod means cutting through, severing erroneous concepts about the world of appearances and illusions regarding the existence of a personal self. The practice of Chod is an advanced skillful method that enables practitioners to become free of clinging to false notions and beliefs regarding inherent existence of appearances and experiences and therefore of an individual self. Attachment and clinging to a self are forces that give rise to the defilements, which are the source of anguish and pain. Chod is the practice that enables disciples to understand emptiness of all appearances that are fit to arise and therefore can be apprehended. It is an exceptional practice.
Dzambala’s prayer is conceived by Buddha for the practice of generosity. Dzambala is the highest of eighth levelBodhisattva who provides the opportunity for devotees to sow “seed money” so that they will have constant supply of fortune to facilitate their practice of generosity. Dzambala is not to be mistaken as a worldly God. He possesses remarkable power to free sentient beings from the clutches of poverty and starvation and guides them towards ultimate Buddhahood.
Fire Puja (Prime Fire Offering)
The major principle of fire puja is offering. As food and specific ingredients are burnt in the fire, when it is totally consumed, it is the way of offering.
Fire puja ritual is very powerful and has immense benefits. The fire burns off or purifies obstacles and bonds us closer to the Buddha.For the living, a fire puja ceremony fulfills wishes, removes obstacles, improves health, and increases merits. For Buddhist practitioners, it helps the practitioner to gain accomplishments on the path, stabilize one’s meditative concentration and improve one’s spiritual practice. For the deceased, the ceremony is an excellent method of purifying negative karma and attaining higher rebirth.
Heart Sutra (SherabNyingpo)
The Heart Sutra practice could remove obstacles to obtain enlightenment. In short, reciting its mantra will purify the four maras: that is Mara of Devine Child, Mara of Affliction, Mara of Aggregates, and the Mara of Lord of Death. All obstacles are created by these four maras.
Long/ExtendedMahakala practice is performed annually before Tibetan Losar (i.e. new year). This practice dispels obstacles of the old year and creates auspicious conditions for the upcoming new year.
According to an individual’s element (e.g. wood, fire, earth, iron, water, and wrong direction), a torma for the particular element is offered in a specific direction based on Tibetan astrology. Through chanting and mantra recitation along with visualization and torma offerings, the deity Mahakali removes the different obstacles for his/her element. It is an elaborate ceremony and is common to request this ritual practice prior to travelling.
The Medicine Buddha Puja could be requested for oneself and others, for the sick and the dying, for healing, purification and success. This practice could remove obstacles to mental and physical health. For the sick, to help them recover their health and well-being. For the dying, to help pacify their mind, and eliminate fear during this time of dying. For the deceased, to bless and guide their mind to a higher state of rebirth and liberation in the bardo.
NyungNes is a two-day retreat, meditating on the eleven-faced 1000-arm deity Chenrezig. This is a powerful and efficient practice to purify the negativities of one’s body, speech and mind. The NyungNestradtion was founded by Princess Lakshmindara who is known as Gelongma Palmo. She was able to attain high realization based on her great devotion to Chenrezig, the Lord of Compassion.
Red Chenrezig for The Deceased
The practice of Red Chenrezighelps to create the conditions through which beings are born into the Buddha’s pure land where it is much easier for beings to work towards enlightenment.
Sang or Sur (Smoke) Offering
Sang Offering is a special morning purification ceremony in which we make smoke offerings to the gurus, yidams, dakas, dakinis, protectors, nagas and local deities. Sur Offering is a similar practice as Sang Offering but performed in the evening. Thesepractices pacify war, encourage peace, avert sickness, and accumulate merits.
The White Tara practice helps to prolong life longevity, overcome obstacles, prevent untimely death and ultimately, help us attain realization.
Yangdrup retreat is a practice of Guru Rinpoche and Dzambala which brings prosperity and good fortune.