Rinpoche Teachings
Supporting a Dharma Event

We are truly happy to share Rinpoche's advices with regards of the questions posted by few followers recently. Despite his tight teaching schedules and hectic travelling itineraries, our beloved guru, Dorje Jinpa Choegon Rinpoche has taken the additional effort to confer the below short teaching on participating and sponsoring a Dharma event.

How to Participate in a Puja?

Anyone can get connected to a puja through attending it personally, monetary sponsorship, offerings, voluntary works or simply rejoicing with a pure heart.

Of course, if the causes and conditions permit, physically present at the puja is always more effective than just sponsoring.

Offering financial aid or sponsoring a puja means, you become part of the causes to make the event possible, and that contribute to one's merit accumulation.

Effectiveness and Benefits:

The effectiveness and benefits one obtained through associating oneself with a puja depending on numerous factors, such as the Vajra Master who performs the puja, his lineage, the dispositions, attitudes and intentions of the participants, etc.

Traditionally, the preliminary requirement is the Vajra Master must be from a valid lineage, who has received the transmission and initiation, and completed the retreat of the particular deity.

Furthermore, from the Vajrayana perspective, it's utmost beneficial and effective if the Vajra Master that performing the puja is one's root guru whom one has complete faith, trust and devotion.

Connections with the Vajra Master:

On the other hand, the benefits and effectiveness derived from a puja is very substantial too if one has faith, trust, respect and devotion in the puja performing master and his lineage. It's even better if the master has direct or indirect links to your practices or Dharma lineages. Then, the connection will be stronger and thus much more effective.

For example, a Nyingma follower may participate in a puja conducted by another lineage that is not linked to their lineage, says a Kagyupa master; whom he or she knows, and has faith, respect and devotion, then it's would be very beneficial. The crucial point here is, the participant must have faith and trust in the puja performing master, even though he is not their guru, but knowing or deeply believing that the monastery is authentic, the master is qualified; the monks are good ... This is how the participant gets connected and benefited from a puja, through attending it physically or monetary sponsorship.

Hesitations and Doubts cut the Stream of Blessing

However, if the participants are narrow-minded ... thinking that the Vajra master is not their guru, and has no link to their lineage ... there is no inspiration or devotion ... In fact, their hesitations and doubts are the major hindrances for them to receive any benefits or merits from the puja.

In short, there are always virtues one could reap from engaging in any authentic and good Dharma activities, but its levels of benefits and effectiveness is totally depending on the mind of the participants.

Special Note on Ngakso

The same applied to Ngakso - the Vajrayana confession. Nevertheless, joining a Ngakso puja in purifying and mending of broken samayas within one's own circle or lineage that has the direct link to one's master is always better and most effective. On top of that, reading Narak Dongtrug or Narak Kongshag*, performing Ganachakra (Tsog), Fire puja, reciting Vajrasattva mantra, etc., is recommended for individual purification practices.

* Narak Kongshag - 'The Supreme Confession for Purifying All Violations and Breakages (of Vows), and All Negative Actions and Obscurations'






































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