pujas and blessings

Following are descriptions of three special long pujas that can be performed for certain objectives and to gain merit. Monks in Tehor will perform any of these three pujas upon request.

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Shorter Traditional Blessings: The monks also offer shorter traditional blessings for such life events as healing, births, Phowas, and individual spiritual guidance. Arrangements can be made by emailing mail@emahofoundation.com.

Three Long Special Pujas

1. Tara Long Puja (DOL-CHOK)

Tara is a Buddha of compassion who manifests in female form. In Tibetan, Tara is known as 'Dolma' or 'She who Saves'. Specifically, she represents compassion in action since she is in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help sentient beings. She brings about longevity, protects earthly travel, stimulates success in jobs and business undertakings, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment. She is believed to help her followers overcome dangers, fears, and anxieties; and she is especially worshipped for her ability to overcome the most difficult situations.

This puja is a combination of purification practices, reciting many times the praises to the 21 Taras, mandala offerings and recitation of the Foundation of All Good Qualities. This puja also requires the creation of a ritual cake (Torma) for offering to Tara. This puja takes 2-3 hours to complete.

2. Medicine Buddha Long Puja (Men-La Do-Chok)

Medicine Buddha is the Buddha of healing. Medicine Buddha took the famous 12 vows upon attaining enlightenment, according to the Medicine Buddha Sutra. Some of those vows are: 1) to help relieve the destitute and the sick, 2) to help heal mental afflictions and delusions, 3) to heal beings born with disabilities, illness, or other physical sufferings.

The practice of Medicine Buddha, the Supreme Healer, is not only a very powerful method for healing and increasing healing powers for both oneself and others, but also for overcoming the inner sicknesses of attachment, hatred, and ignorance. Thus, to meditate on the Medicine Buddha can help decrease physical and mental illness and suffering.

This puja uses recitation and chanting of the Medicine Buddha Sutra, the collected prayers of the 8 Healing Buddhas (including Medicine Buddha), and creation of a ritual cake (Torma) to offer to the 8 Healing Buddhas. This puja takes 2-3 hours to complete.

3. Long Purification Practice for the Deceased (Jangwa and Ru-chok)

The tantric practice of JANGWA is used when somebody has recently died for transferring their consciousness to a Pure Land. It is important to purify also the bones and ashes by means of JANGWA practice for people who have recently passed away. This practice can liberate beings from the lower realms and can benefit those who are in the intermediate state on their way to a lower rebirth (by activating the positive karma that leads to rebirth in the human realm or a Pure Land). In that way, those beings have a chance once again to meet the Dharma. JANGWA is a skillful tantric practice of purification using the power of mantra, the power of concentration, and the power of Buddha's words of truth.

This puja uses recitation and chanting of the JANGWA practice associated with the Medicine Buddha, and ash purification practice of Buddha Aksobhya. Creation of a ritual cake (Torma) is required for offering to the deities.

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