Prayers and Offerings
Shrine Room Offerings
Flowers and fruit are auspicious offerings that are welcome at any time for the shrine room.
Requesting a Tea Puja (Tinchol) For Your Intention
The Tea Puja service is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist practice as assistance in time of need.
“For greater world peace, welfare of countries, communities and families or individuals, whatever needs and aspirations they have, big or small; the tea puja can help,” Geshe Rapgyal explains: “A student preparing for exams, or a traveler going abroad, a family moving into a new home, can be helped by having a tea puja offered for blessings and cutting through obstacles, for example. In another way, it is also beneficial in times of natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, famine, plagues, and wars.”
Please approach Geshe Rapgyal with your request or email Anne Walter at [email protected].
Geshela will offer prayers in response to the request. It is customary to express your gratitude by offering a donation in an amount you can afford. $10 - $20 is typical for a small ceremony, and a more generous donation would be appropriate for a more extensive ceremony.
Following a Death or Commemorating the 49th Day
Prayers, rituals, and ceremonies can be arranged with Geshe Rapgyal or Anne Walter following the death of a loved one. Please send your inquiry to [email protected].
Prayer Held on the Full Moon
DGCEC’s Geshes offer these prayers as a gift to the community and world.
The full moon is considered an auspicious day in the Tibetan calendar for re-commitment to one’s practice.
Each month’s ritual, usually held from 5-6:30pm (check time closer to the event) on the evening of the full moon, focuses on a particular meditational deity. All are invited to meditation, recite mantras, and to offer a dedication “to ease the suffering for all sentient beings.”
January 21, Monday Great Feast Offering of Chenrezig
February 19, Tuesday Eight Medicine Buddha Ritual
March 21, Thursday Great Fulfillment Petition of Dharma Protector Palden Lhamo and Dorjee Youdon Ma
April 19, Friday Eight Great Aspiration Prayers
May 18, Saturday Great Appreciation Prayer for Chenrezig with short ritual
June 17, Monday Great Appreciation Prayer for the Buddha of Compassion, honoring the conception, passing, and enlightenment of Buddha Shakyamuni
July 16, Tuesday Guru Puja Ritual and Fire Puja also marking Universal Prayer Day
August 15, Sunday Eight Medicine Buddha Ritual
September 13, Friday Eight Great Aspiration Prayers
October 13, Saturday Green Tara Ritual with Tsok
November 12, Tuesday Great Fulfillment Petition of Mahakala
December 12, Saturday Great Feast Offering of Lama Tsongkhapa