Geshe Tsulga, Kurukulla Center's beloved teacher for seventeen years and Geshe Tenley's uncle and teacher, passed away November 21, 2010. During today's Guru puja, we will remember Geshe Tsulga-la's great kindness and dedication to the Dharma. It was under Geshe Tsulga-la that Kurukulla Center was able to purchase the property here in Medford, which we are now in the eve of being able to pay off the mortgage!
After Geshe Tsulga-la passed away, Lama Zopa Rinpoche called him an Olympic Dharma Champion. "Geshe Tsulga always kept His Holiness' long life as most important, and told His Holiness that he doesn't need to pray for him, but that it was more important for His Holiness to live a long life for the world, to help all the people," said Rinpoche. "Geshe-la's attitude was amazing. Also, Geshe-la had no fear of death and this gives tremendous inspiration."
Mandala Magazine published articles by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Tenley and Sean Gonzalez which are a tribute to Geshe Tsulga's life and great qualities.
The word puja means "to please" and has the connotation to please through offerings and practice. The Guru Puja lays the whole path to enlightenment on our mindstream, connects us more strongly to our teachers, allows us to accumulate skies of merit and purifies eons of negative karma. We chant the first 2/3rds of this puja in Tibetan and the last 1/3 we recite in English.
We always recommend bringing offerings of some sort, food, unscented tea lights, flowers, etc, as a way of earning merit. By making donations at, or sponsoring, a specific puja, you are strengthening and empowering the merit you receive in relationship to that puja, in this case the merit we receive by celebrating our gurus and the immeasurable benefit they have offered all sentient beings through their teachings. Generosity is the first of the six perfected qualities of a bodhisattva, planting the seeds to ensure that we will have all the material things necessary in future lives to continue our study of Dharma and working for the benefit of all beings, and this puja is a wonderful opportunity to practice generosity. This does not necessarily mean making more offerings, but rather making offerings that are of high value to you, that you find delightful and want to offer your gurus and all buddhas, quantity and quality being factors but not defining marks for an offering. Offerings are not an obligation but an opportunity, so we encourage you to make the most of it.
All are welcome.