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  • FPMT International Office Department Name The FPMT Puja Fund Sponsoring continual pujas and practices around the world for the benefit of all FPMT centers and projects, all FPMT students and benefactors, and for all beings everywhere
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name The FPMT Puja Fund began in 1995, as a result of Lama Zopa Rinpoches wish to offer ongoing pujas and practices dedicated specifically for the entire organization and all the students and benefactors Sponsoring these pujas and practices not only benefits FPMT, but has a direct financial benefit to the monasteries and nunneries and the Sangha that perform them
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name Pujas and practices are performed on an ongoing basis on the following auspicious days: The four great wheel turning days Full moon and new moon Solar and lunar eclipses The anniversaries of Trijang Rinpoche and Lama Tsongkhapa Losar (Tibetan New Year) Each Tibetan 8 th (a special day to perform the Medicine Buddha puja) Monks at Sera Je Monastery doing Hayagriva practice to eliminate obstacles
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name Monthly pujas and practices Medicine Buddha puja offered by 2,000 monks of Sera Mey Extensive Hayagriva puja- offered by 40 senior monks of Sera Je Offering saffron, a new giant silk umbrella and lights at the Boudhanath stupa and Swambunath stupa in Nepal this is offered every full and new moon 16 Arhant Puja offered by 350monks of Kopan Monastery Offering gold to the face of Jowo Buddha in the Jokang, Tibet Offering new robes to the Shakyamuni Buddha statue in Bodh Gaya, India Gold is offered to the face of Jowo Buddha every full moon
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name On the 4 great Buddha days these pujas and practices are offered Tukchuma puja Tukchuma puja - 64 Offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles for ones activities or projects that are bringing benefit to others Namgyl Tsechog Namgyl Tsechog -1,000 offerings to Namgyalma (long life deity) Medicine Buddha puja King of Prayers Medicine Buddha puja and recitation of the King of Prayers Namgyl Tongchu Namgyl Tongchu -Long life puja of Namgyalma Offerings are made to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoches gurus, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama Offerings are made to the Sangha at FPMT Sangha communities
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name During the month of Saka Dawa these pujas and practices are offered 100,000 recitations of the Praises to the 21 Taras 100,000 recitations of the Praises to the 21 Taras offered by the 380 nuns of Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, Nepal 16 x nyung n 16 x nyung n by the Potawa Nunnery, Tibet 100,000 Tsog Offerings to Padmasambhava 100,000 Tsog Offerings to Padmasambhava - offered by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche, Khadro- la, Sangha and high lamas from Geluk, Nyingma and Kagyu monasterie
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name virtuous karma is increased On these days, virtuous karma is increased many times, magnified as much as 100 million times by over 9,000 ordained Sangha Many of these pujas are done by over 9,000 ordained Sangha from Sera Je and Sera Mey, Ganden, Drepung and Kopan Monastery During the solar and lunar eclipses over 1,000 light offerings are made
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name Annually requesting puja for Buddha to descend from Tushita The 1,750 monks at Ganden Monastery offer a requesting puja for Buddha to descend from Tushita 100,000 Praises to the 21 Taras 100,000 Praises to the 21 Taras are offered by the 380 Kopan nuns Recitation of the entire Kangyur Recitation of the entire Kangyur by the 6,000 monks of Sera Lachi Tsog Tsog is offered on the anniversary of Trijang Rinpoches passing at Ganden Monastery 10,000 light offerings 10,000 light offerings are made at Ganden Monastery on Lama Tsongkhapa day Robes Robes are offered to scholars of Sera Je who have been able to memorize certain rare texts
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name Monlam Offerings are made on the 15 th day of the annual Monlam festival at Kopan monastery Stupas Stupas are made and sponsored every Saka Dawa at Chenrezig Institute robes A full set of robes are offered to all the FPMT geshes and resident teachers Each year FPMT checks with one of Rinpoches gurus to see if there are obstacles to Lama Zopa Rinpoches health or to the FPMT and then pujas are arranged accordingly
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested the Sangha serving at his house each day to do prayers and practices Kadmapa stupa For those who have died they make, fill and dedicate a Kadmapa stupa 7 Medicine Buddha, 13 Mitukpa and 3 Long Life Deity tsa-tsas For those who are sick they make 7 Medicine Buddha, 13 Mitukpa and 3 Long Life Deity tsa-tsas Animal liberations Animal liberations are performed 3 x a month with extensive prayers and dedications.
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name The Sangha who perform these pujas and practices always dedicate the merit To the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama To the removal of all obstacles to all FPMT Dharma activities, centers and projects To all people working for FPMT and their families To all benefactors and their families To all beings who sick To all beings who have passed away To all who have requested for prayers And to all sentient beings The Kopan nuns
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name So far, these offerings and pujas have not been publicized much, but I would like to make it known so that other people can participate in making these extensive offerings. The offering to all these monasteries and sangha happen continuously, every year, every month. My idea is for these offerings and pujas to continue forever or as long as the monasteries exist. All the offerings that are made are in monasteries of my gurus; this is because it creates so much more merit. If you make offerings, please think in this way and dedicate, and you can also remember on the actual day that the pujas are happening, rejoice and dedicate. This is the best business, the best way to create most extensive merit. Lama Zopa Rinpoche These are the actual robes offered every month to the Buddha in Bodh Gaya
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name $35,000 The annual cost for all these practices and pujas is $35,000 For the last fifteen years Rinpoche himself has almost entirely covered the cost of these pujas and practices because of their importance for the success of the entire organization The pujas will happen continuously for as long as the monasteries and nunneries exist Rinpoche recently commented how is it possible for a day to go by without doing pujas, it is so extremely important
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  • FPMT International Office Department Name All these pujas and practices are being offered by ordained Sangha, sometimes up to 9,000, many whom are fully ordained monks and all of whom are disciples of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Even offering one dollar to this fund helps it continue For more information For more information www.fpmt.org/projects/puja Or please email holly@fpmt.org holly@fpmt.orgholly@fpmt.org Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche doing puja