INTERMEDIATE: Most suitable for practicing Buddhists and non-Buddhists already familiar with foundational Buddhist concepts; no registration required
WHEN: See schedule below; please check Calendar to confirm
• April 22nd, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
• May 20th, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
• June 24th, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WHERE: The Guhyasamaja Center, Professional Center of Fairfax Building, 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA
The Medicine Buddha practice can be used to help purify those who have already died and liberate them from suffering. It is also very powerful in bringing about success, both temporary and ultimate. It is for this reason that the center hosts this monthly Medicine Buddha puja for the benefit of all beings. We will use the First Panchen Lama Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen's version called, "The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel" (as composed in the FPMT Prayer Book Volume 2; prayer books will be made available for the puja).
The reason why the Medicine Buddha practice brings success is that in the past when the seven Medicine Buddhas were bodhisattvas practicing the path to enlightenment, they promised and made extensive prayers to actualize all the prayers of living beings of the degenerate time when the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha are in decline. They generated a very strong intention to become enlightened for this reason; this was their motivation for meditating on and actualizing the path.
Lama Zopa says, "It is very important that the elaborate Medicine Buddha puja with extensive offerings be done regularly. The offerings should be as extensive and as beautiful as possible, and done in order to benefit all sentient beings."
Information regarding what you can expect when visiting the center, Dharma etiquette, the center's sacred artwork, and more can be found on our Resources page.
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We humbly offer you the opportunity to practice generosity by helping to make the Buddha's teachings available in our community. If you're able, please make a donation for classes and other events — it's even tax deductible!
Suggested donations for both members and non-members are listed below, but please — only give what you're comfortable with! You also have the option of dropping cash or check into the donation box onsite (don't forget to grab a tax receipt!).
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Don't forget to rejoice in your good deeds and dedicate the positive potential generated to the completion of something spiritually meaningful to you!
If you'd like to contribute but are unable to make a financial donation, please don't worry — no one will ever be turned away for financial reasons! And there are many other ways you can help support the teachings.
For more information about all our funds and special projects in need of financial support, the center's donation policy, tax deductible information, membership details, volunteer opporunities, and other ways you can support the center, please visit our Practicing Generosity page.