NOTE: In response to COVID-19 we will be holding 30 minute virtual practice sessions instead of in-person pujas.
To access the practice sessions on your cell phone (iPhone and Android devices) or computer:
Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/99135019478
You can also dial in on any phone:
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Enter the Meeting ID when prompted: 991 3501 9478
If you’re asked for a Participant ID, just press #
Geshe-la has kindly offered to lead us in a virtual group Medicine Buddha meditation-recitation session focusing primarily on reciting Medicine Buddha's mantra: TADYATHA OM BEKANDZE BEKANDZE MAHA BEKANDZE BEKANDZE RANDZA SAMUDGATE SOHA. All are welcome to attend.
Because today is the 15th day in the Tibetan calendar, a full moon, it is considered an especially good time to connect with and pray to Medicine Buddha who is called The Wish Fulfilling Jewel. In normal times we come together as a group in the gompa (shrine room) on the Tibetan 15th to perform the Medicine Buddha Puja. During these physical-distancing days, we are grateful we can continue to do group practice via Zoom.
Please note, we will not be performing the Medicine Buddha Puja. If you wish, it is highly beneficial to do so on your own. Medicine Buddha Puja can be found in the Kurukulla Center prayer book beginning on page 133.
A Brief Meditation-Recitation on Guru Medicine Buddha can be downloaded, by donation, at the FPMT Shop.
Pujas are chanting meditations practices and are powerful ways to both create positive energy and to purify negative energy. At Kurukulla Center we regularly hold four pujas every month. The days on which these pujas are held are determined by the Tibetan lunar calendar. The Tibetan lunar calendar is different from the Gregorian solar calendar and because of this, the days on which pujas fall vary month to month. Using the Tibetan Calendar we hold Tara Puja on the 8th, Guru Puja on the 10th, Medicine Buddha puja on the 15th, and Guru Puja again on the 25th. For reference, new moon is always the 30th of the Tibetan Calendar and full moon is always the 15th.
The 2020 Liberation Tibetan Calendar, produced annually by the Liberation Prison Project, can be purchased and downloaded from the FPMT Shop. This calendar is a useful resource for those who wish to keep track of puja dates and other important auspicious days throughout the Buddhist calendar year.