Geshe-la has informed us that his father passed away just a short while ago. Geshe-la's father became ill a few weeks ago (after having recovered from illness earlier this year), and his health declined quickly. Geshe-la had received a message from his brother today that his father was not expected to live much longer, and then a short while later he received the update that he had passed away.
In memory of Geshe-la's father, and for the wellbeing, long life, and continued healing from his accident, we will do a Medicine Buddha puja via Zoom today.
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Today we will perform the the very precious Medicine Buddha puja practice together over zoom. The puja is recited in English except for the recitation of the mantras which come from Sanskrit.
It's not the same as chanting together in the gompa (shrine room) at the Center, however, it is still a wonderful opportunity to do the entire practice together.
If you wish, you can make offerings in your own home on your altar before the start of the puja. You can make more elaborate offerings if you wish and know how, or otherwise you can keep it simple and make any offerings large or small. Offerings are substances that are pleasing to the senses and that we like, such are flowers, incense, water bowl offerings, fruit, cookies, and so forth.
The main idea when we recite the puja is to meditate on the meaning. Medicine Buddha puja is done for health and healing, and when someone has passed away. Also, Lama Zopa Rinpoche highly recommends Medicine Buddha puja in order to bring about success in your endeavors.
The Medicine Buddha puja is found in the Kurukulla Center Prayer book beginning on page 133.