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Puja and Prayer Requests
Prayers and pujas can offer support in difficult times. We can request them for ourselves or others.
The puja(s) requested through this website will be performed by our lama(s) at Sakya Tsechen Ling in Kuttolsheim, France.
Once you have chosen one or more pujas you would like to order, please fill out the order form. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail with the exact date(s) of the puja(s) scheduled according to the auspicious dates in Tibetan lunar calendar.
What pujas can be performed?
A puja (Tse Lha Nam Sum/tib.) which includes three longevity Buddhas - Amitayus, Ushnishavijaya and White Tara - in order to increase the energy of life, merits and power.
Green Tara ritual
Tara is especially quick in granting success in obtaining both temporal and the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. She can save us from life-threatening sicknesses, help us recover from sickness, bring us success and happiness in life in general, protect us from fears, help us have a child and the like. She is especially recommended in all family matters.
Mahakala puja is performed to eliminate obstacles in daily life - during a journey, when starting a new job, our activities become successful - and challenges to one’s spiritual practice and to enrich one’s life and virtue and wisdom.
Medicine Buddha ritual
Most commonly this puja is performed to support the recovery of a person undergoing treatment or surgery. It is also performed for the deceased, to help them take rebirth in the higher realms.
Avalokiteshvara puja is performed to develop and increase loving compassion in daily life and that the activities become successful.
The primary activity is to remove sickness, especially those caused by nagas.
White Mahakala ritual
This puja is performed to bring generosity and good fortune to our lives.
White Mahakala is famous for removing obstacles to our practice involving lack of support, resources or prosperity, which limit our ability to help other beings. He is the Mahakala who relieves poverty and brings us prosperity.
Cha Sum ritual
A Protector Puja
This puja is good for healing illnesses, curing bad dreams and ill omens. It is well indicated for those who have to undergo major medical procedures etc., and can also be performed to purify the energy in homes and dwellings.
The Naga ritual is said to have the power to increase one’s wealth, fame, health and merits. It is also indicated to increase resources, peace and prosperity, and eliminate obstacles and sickness, especially skin-related diseases.
Vairocana ritual for the deceased
Vajrayogini ritual for the deceased
Amitabha aspiration prayer
What is a puja & how to choose the right one?
The power of prayer is well known in all religious and spiritual traditions. According to Buddhism, our experiences in life are the result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create suffering and virtuous actions create happiness.
Prayers and pujas allow us to purify the negative actions we accumulated in the past and eliminate or prevent the arising of the resulting obstacles. Pujas are special rituals in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas to request their help and invoke their blessings.
The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by ordained ones are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. But most importantly, making offerings to the different manifestations of enlightened beings, and to the sangha community generates and increases merit, our positive potential. Merit is needed to have success in all activities.
Pujas are performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles which arise due to the lack of merit, which prevent us from achieving our mundane and spiritual goals. Removing these obstacles can help us achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities.
While some prayers are of general benefit, others can help us with more specific problems. If you are not sure, which puja to chose, you can use this form to describe your motivation for requesting a puja (ie. the challenges you face or the goals you strive to achieve), and our resident lamas will advise you.
Pujas can help us eliminate different kinds of obstacles:
Mundane obstacles, such as those related to our job and finances, family and relationships.
Inner obstacles causing mental and physical health issues, strong emotions, confusion and the like.
Secret obstacles obstructing our spiritual practice.
Pujas can be performed for various purposes:
For the dying - to help pacify their mind at the time of death and support them in the process of dying.
For the deceased - to help them accumulate merit and guide them to good rebirths and/or liberation.
For sickness - to remove obstacles to mental and physical health.
For success in one's activities - to remove obstacles to success in all wordly and spiritual activities.