Sakyong to Perform Long-Life Healing Puja with Special Dedication for the Earth
Celebrating the Earth, the Sakyong will perform a two-day long-life puja, or accomplishment practice, this April 29th and 30th in Boulder, Colorado. This puja is performed to assist in healing the sick, and to strengthen the life-energy of those engaged in virtue so that their activity and aspirations may flourish.
In addition to the benefit for individuals, the Sakyong is also dedicating this particular puja to healing the natural world and fostering well-being, balance, and peace.
Spring is an excellent time for long-life practice because it is a time to renew the health of the body and the inner health that enables us to live long and meaningful lives. It is also a time to heal and renew the strength of the environment we live in. This is connected to celebrating Earth Day and deepening our connection with the planet that we steward for future generations.
The specific practice the Sakyong has selected for this puja is Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light, in the long-life expression known as Amitayus, Limitless Life. This form of Amitabha is called upon to strengthen life-force and our deep inner capacity for healing and longevity. Amitayus is regularly invoked at the end of major lineage events to ensure the health of the teacher, teachings, and practitioners. An Amitayus long-life healing puja has a natural connection with protecting the Earth because Amitayus practice emphasizes harmonizing and strengthening the inner and outer elements—earth, wind, water, and fire.
Learn More About the Puja
What is a Puja?
Throughout the year, the Sakyong receives many requests for blessings and bi-annual pujas are a powerful way he fulfills these requests. Pujas are also a traditional responsibility of lineage holders. They are occasions for the Sakyong to dedicate meditation toward situations in need of assistance, and to do specific practice for the royal family lineage of Shambhala. The Sakyong has performed these pujas for many years. This was initially unknown to the community at large, but they are now publicly acknowledged and interest in them is growing.
If we wish, we can request the Sakyong to direct his practice to benefit ourselves, our loved ones, friends, centers, or activities. Although not required, people often make an offering to the teacher when requesting practice.
Connecting with the Puja at Home and at your Shambhala Center
The Sakyong requests that those wishing to connect with the pujas offer red and yellow flowers in special places in their homes or centers during his practice. We can do this with a sense of joining the Sakyong in heart and mind to heal the earth and humanity, and with the aspiration that his wishes for Shambhala and the individuals requesting his blessings be fulfilled.
Students who have already received the Sakyong’s White Tara sadhana are encouraged to do that practice on the days of the puja. White Tara is one of the main feminine deities of long life and health in the tantric tradition. She embodies the environmental qualities of kindness, protection from harm, and soothing suffering.
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