After the monastery is built, we hope to offer a full range of prayers and pujas that people can request. In the meantime, people can ask for dedications to be included in our regular community prayers.
A puja includes prayers, purification-practice, offerings to the deity, wishing-prayers and much more. There are different kinds of pujas. Here you can get an idea of what pujas are all about.
What’s a Puja?
According to Buddhism, the world in which we live, and all that happens to us, is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappy results and skilful actions create happy results.
One way to increase our potential to experience happiness, to accumulate extensive positive potential, and to purify obstacles in our lives is to make prayers to the different manifestations of enlightened beings and to request prayers and pujas to be undertaken by monastics.
Having a puja undertaken is definitely not being saved by ritual. On the contrary, by generating a sincere virtuous motivation while making extensive prayers, unfavourable circumstances that bring problems can be changed. It is said that prayers made by ordained people are especially powerful as they are carried out on the base of pure morality. As a result, it is not the ritual itself that clears obstacles from the wishes of the person requesting the puja but rather it is the sincere virtuous motivation of this person and their connection to the monks taking part in the ceremony.
You can ask for special pujas for yourself, your loved ones and friends, for the success of your business or other activities, to remove obstacles to health, or to assist a person who is sick. Pujas are also done for the dying, in order to help calm their minds during the stage of transition, as well as for the deceased in order to bless and guide their minds to a higher state of rebirth and liberation. In each puja, the monks follow a prescribed practice that contains the prayers, mantras to be recited and accompanying visualisations.
We are very happy to include your requests for prayers in the community’s pujas and practices.
These requests can be for people or animals who are sick or deceased, or who have life obstacles, or for projects and other purposes (such as business or other obstacles).
The name of the person and the purpose will be read out before the next community puja in order for the whole community to dedicate their actions with this focus. In the instance when a request is made for a person or animal who has died, the name will remain on the dedication list for 49 days to allow for transition to the next rebirth (in the Tibetan tradition, it is taught that the next rebirth will occur within 7 sets of 7 days)
For a person to be included in our dedications, a note or email should be passed to the Association with the following information written:
- The name (please write it legibly)
- Indication of the cause of death, sickness or obstacles, and
- In case of death; the date, age and nationality of the dead person
It is not required for someone to be Buddhist to be included in these prayers but it is very beneficial that the person asking for prayers has some connection with the monastics that are reciting the puja or practices. This connection provides a powerful base for that person to change the circumstances and obstacles to their wishes. Without this connection, someone’s potential for changing circumstances and obstacles in their lives by asking for prayers is very limited.
Although the connection is an important factor, what is most essential in all circumstances is that a someone cultivates a mind of generosity and virtue; a mind that has a wish to benefit everyone and rejoices unconditionally in all virtue. As a result, it is the positive potential (merit) created through these mental actions that makes the difference.