Serving you with Prayers and Pujas
One of DCI’s services is to make prayers and offerings at pujas and sutra recitations on your behalf. Sponsoring prayers and offerings at pujas is a way for you to connect in with the prayers. Through your generosity and good intention you help to create the merit and purification necessary to help achieve your aims – both temporary goals (good health, temporary happiness, success, etc.) and ultimate goals (realizations, enlightenment, etc.) Sponsoring the prayers and pujas also helps support DCI and DCI’s resident Sangha.
On this page you will find out how to sponsor prayer dedications and you will also find more information about what regular and special pujas we do throughout the year. We do a variety of regular and special pujas throughout the year. Please see our online program calendar for dates of upcoming pujas.
How to Sponsor Prayer Dedications
Sponsorship of any amount is welcome for pujas. To sponsor a full set of offerings at a standard puja is $50. Again you are welcome to sponsor whatever amount you wish towards a puja. No amount is too small and if more is offered, more extensive offerings will be made on your behalf and the merit will be dedicated as you request.
You can make a sponsorship donation one of three ways:
- online with a credit card via paypal
- via online banking
- or by cash/cheque in person
Whichever method you choose, please let us know in advance so we have time to purchase and arrange the offerings beautifully on your behalf and also prepare your dedications to be read out at the puja.
Easy! To sponsor prayers online simply visit our Online Donation Form, select “Puja/Prayer Request” and include your dedications and the type of puja you wish to sponsor in the “Comments/Dedications” column. This option allows you to make a donation via credit card / Paypal by using Paypal’s secure online system.
To sponsor prayers via internet banking simply visit our Bank Details page for account details. Please also send us an email to tell us your name, your dedication, which puja you wish to sponsor and also the amount and date of your donation.
To sponsor prayers by making a cash donation in person simply send us an email with your name, your dedication, which puja you wish to sponsor and tell us that you wish to make a cash donation in person and the amount you wish to sponsor.
Regular Pujas at DCI
All pujas are helpful for accumulating merit and purifying negativities, but specific pujas are sometimes used for specific purposes (see below). Please also see our online program calendar for dates of upcoming pujas.
Most Fridays 7.30pm – powerful for healing, success and also for those who have passed away
Dorje Chang Institute has been regularly doing weekly Medicine Buddha Pujas for more than a decade. The Eight Medicine Buddhas made powerful prayers to help beings during these degenerate times when war, sickness, natural disasters and delusions are rampant. In this puja we make prayers and offerings to these Buddhas for the benefit of all living beings. This puja is done primarily in English along with some chanting of the Medicine Buddha mantra.
Usually performed once a month – powerful for quick action and receiving help
Tara is a female Buddha who embodies the enlightened activity of all of the buddhas. This beautiful puja includes a combination of Tibetan and English chanting and is particularly effective for receiving quick help with one’s practice or worldly matters. In the puja text itself it mentions some of the following benefits: granting fearlessness, pacifying negativities, eliminating unfortunate migrations, cleansing from being poisoned, pacifying the sufferings of torments caused by spirits, fevers and poisons, if one wishes for a child, one will get a child, if one wishes for wealth, one will receive wealth, fulfilling all yoru wishes and pacifying all obstacles.
Guru Puja with Tsog Offering
Usually performed twice a month – powerful to accumulate merit and purify negativities
Guru Puja combines very powerful methods to accumulate merit and purify negativities in relation to the most powerful object – one’s holy Guru. This delightful practice includes Tibetan chanting (using phonetics) and English recitation as well as an extensive food offering. This precious practice contains many powerful practices. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains “It has all the aspects that create enlightenment – just as a car has all the parts that make it function. It enables one to fulfill all of one’s own wishes and the wishes of others.” Participants are welcome, but not required, to bring a contribution of any easily distributable food (fruit, savoury or sweet baked goods, juice, etc.). Sponsoring this puja will help to sponsor this extensive food offering.
Sutra of Golden Light Recitation
See calendar for dates – powerful for protection, pacifying violence, increasing peace and success
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains this sutra: “is extremely powerful and fulfills all one’s wishes, as well as bringing peace and happiness for all sentient beings, up to enlightenment. It is also extremely powerful for world peace, for your own protection, and for the protection of the country and the world. Also, it has great healing power for people in the country… The benefits of reading this sutra are immeasurable.” Sponsorship can help to sponsor offerings and can also help to sponsor the printing of more copies of this sutra.
Special Annual Pujas at DCI
Please see our online program calendar for dates of upcoming pujas. We have a few special annual pujas at DCI.
Annual Jangwa Puja
performed by Geshe Wangchen
to benefit both the living and those who have passed away.
**In 2018: Saturday, 25 August 2018, 10am
Annual Fire Puja
performed by Geshe Wangchen
to clear away obstacles and accumulate merit.
**In 2018: Sunday, 30 September 2018, 10am
Annual Tara Wealth Vase Puja
performed by Geshe Wangchen
to accumulate merit and create the causes for abundance of resources
**In 2018: Sunday, 4 November 2018, 10am
(We have created a new set of Tara Wealth Vases which are now available for adoption.)
More details on other annual pujas may be posted later. This page is under construction.