Medicine Buddha Puja, the Wish-fulfilling Jewel. We make prayers to the eight Medicine Buddhas in order to strengthen their ability to help others in this time of many wars, incurable diseases and disasters such as earthquakes, floods and famine.
In this practice we make offerings to commemorate and celebrate the special prayers that these sacred creatures made on their way to enlightenment.
By doing this, we also activate the power of enlightened healing energy within ourselves and are able to focus this energy for the benefit of ourselves and others.
Participants will be guided by Maria Damsholt and Jette Falster through the Puja.
If you know anyone (people or animals) in pain, in distress, someone who is dying or someone that has passed away, we will be happy to include their names and dedicate the merits and healing energy to them.
If you are not able to participate, but wish to include someones name in the practice, you are very welcome to text their name to Maria: (+45) 51 28 08 58 or to Jette: (+45) 30 66 85 52
Suggested donation: DKK 50,- (or however much or little you can afford).
We also accept donations via mobile pay on this number: (+45) 23 69 55 04.
Please remember to bring food (fruits, nuts, cake, etc) for the offerings.
What is a Puja? by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The power of prayer is well known over centuries and in all different religious beliefs.
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 skillful actions create happy results. One way to purify obstacles we experience due to our past harmful action is through prayers and pujas. A puja is a special ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas to request their blessings or invoke their help.
The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by ordained ones are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. But most importantly, making offerings to the different manifestations of enlightened beings, and to the sangha community generates and increases merit, our positive potential. Merit is needed to have success in all activities.
Pujas are performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles which arise due to the lack of merit, which prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals. Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities.
There are three types of obstacles.
- Worldly obstacles – affecting our day to day life, relationships, business, and finances.
- Inner obstacles – affecting mental and physical health in the form of strong emotions, confusion, and associated physical problems.
- Secret obstacles – obstructing the attainment of wisdom, experienced as difficulties in Dharma practice.
Pujas can be performed for various purposes:
- 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 – to remove obstacles to success in all activities, be they worldly or spiritual.