Puja Performance at Drupngi Khading Ling
Pujas are traditionally performed at all Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. A puja is a devotional ceremony of prayers and offerings to the Buddhas with the aim to request their blessings or invoke their help. It is believed that if performed with a sincere motivation, pujas have the power to calm the mind and avert all kinds of worldly, inner and secret obstacles - conditions affecting our day to day life, physical and mental health and progress on the path of dharma, respectively.
As prayers performed by ordained ones are said to be especially powerful and effective, people approach monastic institutions for prayer or puja requests on a variety of occasions:
for the dying: to help pacify their mind, and decrease fear during the time of death.
for the deceased: to bless and guide their mind to a higher state of rebirth and liberation.
for sickness: to remove obstacles to mental and physical health.
for success in one’s activities: removing obstacles to success of one’s activities, be they worldly or dharma.
These special ceremonies are usually offered without fixed charged by the monasteries and nunneries. However, it is a common understanding and source of great merit to repay them through an appropriate donation. This varies with regard to the financial means of the requesting people: those who can afford it mostly donate money to the ordained performers whereas less wealthy people may offer meals and tea.
At DK Ling we daily perform Tara puja in the morning and Mahakala puja in the evening. Additional prayers and pujas are offered on donation basis for individual persons and on special occasions. These include:
Prayers to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and Tara (bar sam and drom sum) for the fulfillment of aspirations and removal of any hindrances or obstacles.
Rabne prayers or puja: Rabne is as a consecration ceremony believed to seal the wisdom energy of enlightened beings to material objects, such as stupas, malas etc. Prayers and meditation are used to keep this energy active and alive within the objects and rend them into a source of blessing, protection and prosperity.
Mahakala puja: Mahakala is a dharma protector and considered to be a wrathful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. He defends the dharma from corruption, degeneration and all adverse influences, preserves its purity and bestows the power to overcome deceit and hindrances in the practitioner's everyday or spiritual life. Mahakala puja is traditionally performed every day at monasteries to protect all Dharma practitioners on their path to Enlightenment.
Milarepa Tsog puja: traditional offering puja to the yogi Milarepa, past time lineage holder of the Kagyu-tradition, for the purification of samayas.
Gyab Shi (four hundredfold offering) puja for the elimination of negative karma and any hindrances, for a successful life and to accumulate merit towards the attainment of Enlightenment.
Chöd performance (“cutting through delusion's root”) is a subtle and powerful practice to eradicate ego-clinging, the root of all defilements such as hatred, desire and ignorance. It further has the power to cure from sicknesses, especially those transferred by malevolent spirits.