Buddhist Prayer is a ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Gurus, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to request blessings or invoke their help. Prayers/pujas are performed to avert and clear worldly, inner and secret obstacles, and conditions which prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals. Worldly obstacles affect day to day life involving relationships, business, and etc. Inner obstacles affect health or mental states. Secret obstacles obstruct the attainment of innate wisdom.
Prayer/pujas are also performed for the dying to help pacify their mind, and for the deceased to bless and guide their mind to a higher state of rebirth, liberation, and enlightenment.
Six armed Mahakala, Gonpo Chakdug (picture at right)
The protector deity of Drepung Gomang Monastery.
There are numerous prayers/pujas for specific purpose, below are only some of them. You can contact us for any specific purpose or pujas which the monastery will be happy to perform after receiving your prayer offerings by personal cheque/check or bank draft in favour of 'Drepung Gomang Monastery'. Receipt will be issue for every prayer offering, donation and sponsorship.
DOLMA (Tara Puja)
Tara is known as "mother of all the Buddhas" for she is the wisdom of reality from which all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are born. The Tara puja includes offering and requests to Mother Tara to help us overcome the many inner and outer obstacles to our practice and to achieve successful Dharma realisation in our mental continuum.
LAMA CHOEPA :GURU PUJA (offering to spiritual guide)
Guru Puja is an important practice to please and thank our gurus whose kindness and guidance help us to progress on our path to Buddhahood. Participation in a Guru Puja helps one not only to purify one's negative karma but also to accumulate immeasurable merits. Guru Puja is held twice a month in the Centre.
A special prayer, paying homage to Je Tsong Khapa. The founder of Yellow sect (Gelug Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsong Khapa is seen as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani. Monks will chant a verses from Lama Tsong Khapa Guru Yoga.
NYUR ZEMA RECITATION
PRAISE OF THE SIX ARM DHARMAP ROTECTOR MAHAKALA
A special prayer, paying homage to six armed Mahakala (Gonpo), the great black one. Though fierce in his trampling upon the evil spirits of delusion and greed, he is actually considered to be the agent of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the angelic Bodhisattva of great compassion. Mahakala is frightening in appearance because his responsibility is to protect all beings from evil. These verse was composed by a great Indian yogi Drubchen Shawari who had a vision of Mahakala while meditating, and was inspired to compose these verses of praise during a vision of Mahakala that appeared to him gradually from the feet upwards. This prayer request Mahakala to protect the Dharma and to remove all obstacles of all sentient beings.
HEART SUTRA PUJA -Shernying Dudog
The Heart Sutra belongs to the teaching on the perfecting of insight or wisdom, sometimes referred to as the “mother of all Buddhas”. It is this insight or wisdom that brings about enlightened individuals. The condensed Jewel quality Sutra says that “Building a Stupa of the sorrowless state, making the stupa of the 7 Jewels, and making as many of these to fill many thousands of ten millions worlds equaling the numbr of sand grains in the river Ganges, and then making infinite offerings to these stupas by infinite sentients beings for eons.
DOLCHOG (The four mandala Tara rite)
For the well being, prosperity and peace of individuals, center or the country.
MENLHA DOLCHOG (The Medicine Buddha Rite)
Medicine Buddha is the Healing Buddha who promised to help all those who are sick and who are dying. He is depicted in holding a bowl containing fine kinds of medicines. The puja is often performed to help clear obstacles to health, to have successful surgery, and to help those who have already passed away
Especially meant for the sick and ailing and said to bring quick recovery because of the repitition of the blessed names of the 8 Tathagathas and their aspiration to heal others. This can be also considered as 'Healing rite"
A medium version of the consecration rite of the existing larger and small ones. Images always need continuous blessing or consecration by ordained Sangha who have performed the right retreats and requirement and who are also acquainted with the tradition of the rituals, as it is said that non human entities and spirits can enter images and harm human if they are not properly kept or consecrated.
KANGSO RITES (Renewing the bonds with protectors)
A rite of invocation, propitiation and entreatment to protectors to remember their prayers and vows to protect Dharma and its practitioners. Also a renewal of the vows and pledges one should keep to receive their protection.
(prajna paramita, The white umbrella goddess and Singhmukha dakini)
This prayer is liturgies of three short texts performed in all Gelugpa monasteries, specially in the debate court as preliminary prayers before the debates and also during congregational ceremonies of Drepung Gomang monastery. And said to be very effective because of its contents, it remove obstacles, hindrances to life, property and health also in averting harms coming from humans or non humans. A common practise among Tibetans are having these liturgies printed on "prayer flags" or scrolls. While these are hung amongst the high passes, mountain tops, roof of the house or any high place, the lattr is made into amulets for protection either hung over doors or even worn around the neck.
LONG LIFE NAMGYALMA - Namgyal Tshe Chog
This puja is performed to remove all obstacles the long life.
Namgyalma is one of the three Long life Deities (white Tara, Amitayus, Namgyalma) Making requests to these deities helps to remove obstacles to one's lifespan (for example accidents, possibly fatal illness, as well as improve the quality of ones life. During this puja extensive offerings are made to accummulate merit and to purify all the hindrances to one's long life.
Prayers performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles, conditions which prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals
Where 1000 offerings are made to the Triple Gem; The main purpose of this Puja is to generate long-life, healing, purification and the generation of compassion for all the sentient beings, as well as for the removal of obstacles.
DOLCHOK (extensive Tara prayer)
Purpose: Removal of obstacles in one’s life and health.
Dolkar Tsedup (White Umbrella Deity recitation). Purpose: Purification of hindrances from evil spirits and illness
Prayer for the success of auspicious task and for the task to benefit the donor and as well as all sentient beings.
Dolma Yudog It will help one escape from the many kinds of harms caused by nagas. It will help one develop authority, power and prosperity. The environment will become auspicious, peaceful and favorable. It will help eliminate many kinds of epidemics and long-lasting deceases. It will liberate humans and cattle from any sickness. It will help one appease insanity, psychosis, savage behavior, mental illness and the like. It is also said that this rite is best for the person who has committed five heinous crimes or severe actions. Similarly, those who have deteriorated their spiritual commitments, vows, pledges and promises, should participate in this Repelling Rite.
Gyashi / Gyab-zhi is one of the most widely practiced ceremonies in Tibetan Buddhism. The ritual involves four sets of 100 offerings: 100 butter lamps to eradicated delusion; 100 ritual cakes (tor-ma) to overcome desires; 100 human effigies (made of dough) to subdue the demon of death; and 100 tsa-tsa (stamped clay votive images) to overcome tainted aggregates. The intention of the Four Hundred Offerings is to aid in overcoming inauspiciousness, disease, untimely death, and challenging supernatural forces.
Butter lamps are part of traditional daily Tibetan puja and serve a variety of purposes, including: Aiding focus and meditation, providing a symbolic flame to light the path towards liberation, and facilitating the cultivation of merit for those who sponsor the lamps’ fuel (usually butter or oil). Your sponsorship of this offering will provide fuel for 100 butter lamps.
SHER NYING DU DUK
Sher Nying du dok/She-Nying Du-Dok . This puja involves the continuous chanting of the Heart Sutra. Purpose: Assist in the removal of harmful forces and in removing the karmic obstacles.
So Soel/tru sul Trusol (Extensive Ritual Bathing Offering to all of the Lineage Gurus). Purpose: Purification of obstacles and the creation of great merit.
Prayer offering to one's protector for continuous blessing for the success on work related to buddha, dharma and sangha, and for all sentient beings. A prayer invoking the protector to facilitates help and support towards the achievement of ones goal and success.
DRUCHU - MA
Pujas include Drug-chu-ma, a sixty-fold ritual cake offering that require invocation and propitiation of one of the most compassionate and powerful deities—Lord Vajrabhairava (Jigjey). This ritual is dedicated to the fifteen directional protector deities and minion guardians in the Pure Land of Vajrabhairva, who are called upon to help in our eradication of all evil forces and influences. A special puja of Goddess Shridevi (Palden Lhamo) will also be conducted, wherein the goddess and all other Dharma protectors and guardian deities will be invoked through a brief meditation. These pujas are intended to eliminate negative forces, bad energy, ill omens, and obstacles and to usher well being, happiness and success for the coming year.
Drugchuma Gachar More elaborate and longer form of dugchu ma
Shag thor - Cake (torma) ritual and offering to deities asking for clemency, forgiveness on sins committed knowingly or unknowingly, for continous blessing to achieve success, good health and prosperity.
Shag Thor Gachar Elaborate offering of Shagthor
LHAMO SHAG THOR
Lhamo Shagthor -Cake (torma) ritual and offering to Palden Lhamo deityasking for clemency, forgiveness on sins committed knowingly or unknowingly, for continous blessing to achieve success, good health and prosperity.
CHAK - SUM
Chak-sum is an offering of three ritual cakes (tor-ma): One to the protectors of the Buddha Dharma, another to local spirits, and a third to the suffering beings of the “Hungry Ghost Realm.” These offerings are intended to aid in the purification of negativities.
Cha-sum Loezong Chak-sum is an offering of three ritual cakes (tor-ma): One to the protectors of the Buddha Dharma, another to local spirits, and a third to the suffering beings of the “Hungry Ghost Realm.” These offerings are intended to aid in the purification of negativities. Here elaborate lithurgy is read from the text for continue blessing.
MONLAM: Prayer for the deceased
As soon as a person passes away from this world, he or she goes through various unfamiliar and mysterious stages on the way to the next world. Similarly to someone who requires guidance and help when he goes to a new place, the deceased also need a lot of assistance, the guidance of positive energy and the blessings of enlightened beings to be able to smoothly and peacefully cross the bridge to the other end. By performing specific pujas and proper dedication that we offer for deceased will help the deceased, especially while they are in a period of transition from this world to other. (name of deceased is requested while praying this prayer)
In order to meet the requisite of helping the person who has departed, the Tibetans observe forty nine days of funeral rites for each deceased . During this period, the Assembly of Buddhas is invoked and worshipped. The merits accumulated from this practice are dedicated for the benefit of the particular deceased person and of all who have passed away.