INTERMEDIATE: Most suitable for practicing Buddhists and non-Buddhists already familiar with foundational Buddhist concepts; no registration is required
WHEN: See scheduled dates below; please check Calendar to confirm
• April 21st, 2017, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
• May 5th, 2017, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
• May 21st, 2017, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
• June 4th, 2017, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
• June 19th, 2017, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Guhyasamaja Center, Professional Center of Fairfax Building, 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA
The Lama Chopa or "Guru Puja" is a chanted group prayer practice that incorporates all of the most essential teachings of the Buddha — everything required to achieve Enlightenment. Open to anyone with a commitment to engage in lama chopa or anyone who wants to create a closer relationship with their spiritual teachers through the practice of this chanted prayer and tsog offering.
We usually see ourselves as ordinary people in a polluted environment, surrounded by so many problems and so much suffering and ignorance. During the Lama Chopa, we actively cultivate a different world view — an Enlightened perspective. We imagine what it would be like to be an Enlightened being or a Buddha, seated in a Buddhaverse in a sky filled with Enlightened teachers. And, then we visualize around us all of the countless unenlightened beings who are suffering. We then develop great compassion for all beings' suffering and engage in practices to liberate all suffering beings, leading them and ourselves to Enlightenment. Doing these practices in relation to our spiritual teachers or mentors with a motivation of deep compassion for all suffering beings is said to be the fastest, most effective way of progressing towards Enlightenment ourselves in order to benefit others.
Participants are invited to bring fresh fruit or healthy snacks as an offering. Copies of the puja are provided.
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