Puja is a Sanskrit word, literally meaning “offering”.

A Puja is a prayer and meditation ceremony usually related to a particular Buddha, done in order to receive his or her blessings on our way to attaining his or her realisations and pure, virtuous qualities.

Please Note:  Pujas are held at various times during the month please look on Our Calender to see exact dates and times.

Pujas run for approximately one hour and everyone is most welcome to attend. The puja is recited in both English and Tibetan. You may also sponsor a puja to assist with the removal of obstacles or create merit for oneself or someone else. Participants can bring food or flowers as offerings. Please Contact Us if you are interested in sponsoring a puja .

Where:  Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Buddhist Centre, 159 Parakiore Rd, Whangarei (map)

There are two main pujas held at our centre on a regular basis.

Tara Puja for removal of all obstacles
Tara (the Liberator) is a Buddha in female form who represents in particular all enlightened beings’ skillful activities. Contemplating Tara brings quick results in whatever we want and need – the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. Known as the Mother of all Buddhas, she awakens and helps fulfill our potential to attain enlightenment, and also helps bring temporal benefits of this life relating to work, business, family, relationships etc.

Taking part in this practice enables us to develop Tara’s energy within us, which is the energy of our own active compassion and wisdom.

Guru Tsog Puja Ceremony for positive energy  
This is an offering ceremony to create much needed positive energy or merit in our lives. Based on the lunar calendar, the practice of Guru or Tsog Offering is carried out at the centre twice a month. The Guru Puja is also known as Lama Chöpa in Tibetan. Lama is the Tibetan word for Guru, and Chopa is the Tibetan word for offering.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this ritual of making extensive offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and our teachers, thereby accumulating the positive energy needed to progress along the spiritual path.