Tsog Offering or Guru Puja is a ceremony that involves making offerings of food and drinks to the Buddhas in conjunction with prayers. It is an excellent method for accumulating merit, purifying negativity and receiving blessings.
Geshe-la will lead the Tsog in that is sung in Tibetan and everybody is invited to join the phonetic Tibetan text. There is also an English translation available for the ones who prefer to read silently the meaning of the Tibetan verses.
It’s good to bring an offering of your favourite chocolates, biscuits, fruit, etc. These can be brought to the centre just before the Tsog begins and placed on the altar. During the Puja, when the food is blessed, we will have a cup of tea and the blessed food will be handed out to everyone present. So it’s a very joyful event and you will go home with a bag full of blessed goodies.
One can also sponsor a Tsog Puja ($50 to $100) for a specific purpose, either for one's own sake or the benefit of family or friends in need.
Tsog Puja dates for 2008:
· February 16 Sat. 7-9pm / 20 Wed. 7.30-9.30pm (Buddha Day - Day of Miracles)
· March 2 Sun. 7-9pm / 16 Sun. 7-9pm
· April 1 Tue. 7.30-9.30pm / 15 Tue. 7.30-9.30pm / 20 Sun. 7-9pm (Buddha - Day -1st Kalachakra) / 30 Wed. 7.30-9.30pm
· May 14 Wed. 7.30-9.30pm / 30 Fri. 7.30-9.30pm
· June 13 Fri. 7.30-9.30pm / 28 Sat. 7-9pm
· July 6 Sun. 7-9pm (Birthday HH Dalai Lama) / 12 Sat. 7-9pm / 27 Sat. 7-9pm
· Aug. 5 Tue. 7.30-9.30pm (Buddha-Day 1st Teaching) / 11 Mon. 7.30-9.30pm / 26 Tue. 7.30-9.30pm
· Sept. 10 Wed. 7.30-9.30pm / 24 Wed. 7.30-9.30pm
· Oct. 9 Thu. 7.30-9.30pm / 23 Thu. 7.30-9.30pm
· Nov. 8 Sat. 7-9pm / 19 Wed. 7.30-9.30pm (Buddha-Day - Buddha descents from Tushita) / 22 Sat. 7-9pm
· Dec. 7 Sun. 7-9pm / 21 Sun. 7.30-9.30pm
Tara is a female Action Buddha and also the Mother of Wisdom and Long Life. She is invoked to remove the obstacles in times of personal difficulties, family and business problems, and when there is need for quick wisdom action, realizations and success for projects on all levels. She manifests in twenty-one different forms to benefit all beings.
This beautiful Puja is lead by Geshe-la in Tibetan and one is invited to sing along on the phonetic Tibetan text. There is also an English translation available for the ones who prefer to read silently the meaning of the Tibetan verses.
It’s good to bring an offering of flowers, food or donation for the Sangha of the Centre. If you are unable to be there, but would like to sponsor a Tara Puja for the benefit of yourself or others – a particular date may be sponsored, with your donations going directly to Geshe-la and the Sangha.
Tara Puja dates for 2008:
· February 14 Thu. 7.30-9pm
· March 14 Fri. 10-11.30am
· April 13 Sun. 1.30-3pm
· May 12 Mon. 10-11.30am
· June 11 Wed. 10-11.30am
· July 10 Thu. 10-11.30am
· Aug. 9 Sat. 10-11.30am
· Sep. 7 Sun. 1.30-3pm
· Oct. 7 Tue. 10-11.30am
· Nov. 6 10-11.30am
· Dec. 5 10-11.30am
Medicine Buddha Puja
The Healing Buddha has promised to help all those who are sick and dying, or experience obstacles in their virtuous activities. He is depicted holding a bowl containing the five kinds of medicines. The Puja helps to clear and avert obstacles due to sickness and disease, and to bring success in all activities, dharma and worldly. At the time of death the blessings from Medicine Buddha prevent one from falling into the lower states of rebirth. Those already in a lower state of rebirth will be quickly liberated and will take rebirth in a precious human body.
It’s good to bring an offering of flowers, food or donation for the Sangha of the Centre. It’s also possible that the Medicine Puja be sponsored, with the merit being dedicated at the end to the person sponsoring, or a nominated person of their wish.
Medicine Buddha Puja dates for 2008:
· March 21 Fri. 10-11.30am
· April 20 Sun. 10-11.30am
· May 19 Mon. 10-11.30am
· June 18 Wed. 10-11.30am (Saka Dawa)
· July 18 July. 10-11.30am
· Aug. 16 Tue. 10-11.30am
· Sept. 15 Mon. 10-11.30am
· Oct. 14 Fri. 10-11.30am
· Nov. 13 Sat. 10-11.30am
· Dec. 12 Fri. 10-11.30am
Sponsoring a Puja
If you would like to sponsor a Puja – you can do this in the following ways:
"Making beautiful and extensive offerings encourages people to practice and create merit.
Success depends on merit." Lama Zopa Rinpoche.