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Pujas and Sutra Recitations



A puja is a ceremony in which prayers are recited and chanted, and offerings are being made. As these are done in a group, the prayers have a powerful energy and present a healing force for the mind. Offerings like flowers, food, candles and incense are presented as a practice of generosity. Anyone can join in pujas, often they are recited in a mixture of Dutch, English and Tibetan. Of course you are very welcome to bring your own offerings as well.


Sutras are ancient Buddhist texts, which are very auspicious to recite, so we regularly organise group sessions for recitation. Of course everyone is more then welcome to recite these at home as well!
The sutras suggest washing and wearing clean clothes for recitation, Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends to clean the body “mouth, both hands and feet” and have virtuous thoughts.
Before starting the session, it’s suggested to take refuge, set your motivation, offer a mandala and Rinpoche recommends reciting the mantra: OM DHARE DHARE BENDHARE SVAHA (7 times), which increases the merit by one million times!

Download the Golden Light Sutra (in various languages).
Download the Sanghata Sutra.

Requests for dedications

It remains possible to send us the names of people for the dedication list used during pujas. Also, Ven. Gendun has said that he will offers prayers for those recently deceased if he is provided with their names and date of passing.  He will do this for the 49 days after the date of their death while they are in the bardo. The email address to use for this information and personal support is amsterdam@maitreya.nl    

The following pujas and recitations are done regularly:


Guru Puja

A Guru Puja is a ceremony in which we make offerings to our spiritual teachers. The practice consists of making these offerings (both in the form of flowers, fruit etc. as visualised) and prayers to the spiritual masters and receiving their inspiration. Our spiritual masters are seen as the embodiment of the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) and are visualised in the form of Lama Tsong Khapa, surrounded by the entire merit field, which are the lineage lamas and Buddhas. Any of the vows and pledges that we have taken from them and may have degenerated, are restored by the festive ‘tsog’ offering. 
Puja literally means ‘to please’, so Guru Puja means ‘pleasing the gurus, the spiritual masters’. We want to please them as they help us developing our inner potential to enlightenment. Actually, we cannot become enlightened without their skilled guidance, and in this sense they are more important than anyone else. Pleasing the spiritual teachers is to our own advantage, not theirs. In this practice, we unite our mind with the mind of our spiritual masters to obtain inspiration and realisations on the path to enlightenment.

Pujas start at 16:00 unless noted otherwise, unsure if April 18 will happen online

Tara puja

The female Buddha Tara embodies the wisdom and the compassion of all enlightened beings. She is seen as the embodiment of enlightened activity. Prayers to Tara help to eliminate all obstacles that block the realisation of our wishes, especially our wishes on the spiritual path. Meditation on Tara offers a swift way to success and feeds us with endless energy so we are able to continue on the path.

The pujas begin at 16.00 hrs unless otherwise specified.
May 30 Online: register with Annelies: annelies@maitreya.nl, June 28, July 28, August 26

Medicine Buddha puja

The seven medicine Buddhas appeared to remove obstacles on the path to temporary happiness, liberation and the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment. They are specifically powerful in the healing of illnesses and the purification of negative karma. De practice of medicine Buddha can also be done to help other people who are ill or deceased, in order to liberate them from further suffering.

Medicine Buddha practice is not only for healing. In addition, it is very powerful for success and for solving any problems. Medicine Buddha practice is good for someone who has died, for family problems, for someone who is ill, for receiving happiness and freedom from suffering, for finding a job, for success in business, etc.’
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The pujas begin at 16.00 hrs unless otherwise specified.
Currently only with full moon: April 8 Online. Register via amsterdam@maitreya.nl

Recitation of the Golden Light Sutra

Sutras are the words of the historical Buddha, and this sutra is like a collection of brief anecdotes or stories, often of the earlier lives of the Buddha.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that the recitation of this specific sutra is one of the most effective ways of helping to bring about world peace.
The positive energy that is created by the recitation is dedicated to, along with peace in the world, the success of other (charitable) projects of the FPMT and for the continuing development of our own Maitreya Instituut.
Copies of the Sutra are available at the Amsterdam centre, but you can bring your own text if you wish.
More info and download the Golden Light Sutra (in various languages).
The Sutra is recited in English and usually takes about four hours, but you can also join for just a part of the recitation.

The recitation will be led by Ingrid Tonnaer or Greg Suffanti at 11.00 to 16.00 hrs on the following days:
Sunday 19 april and May 17 Online, register via amsterdam@maitreya.nl
There is no charge for participation; donations and offerings are welcome.
We have a short break at 13.00 hrs and provide tea and biscuits. Please bring your own lunch.

Recitations of the Sanghata Sutra

The Sanghata Sutra is a collection of stories that illustrates the effect of the wish to become a Bodhisattva; how you can accomplish enormous results by the interaction with others and by the power of your actions. Reciting or even just listening to this Sutra creates a vast amount of positive karma that can ripen quickly. The recitation of the Sanghata Sutra lasts about three hours and is currently done in English. The positive energy that is created with the recitation is dedicated to the Maitreya Project of the FPMT and the flourishing of the Maitreya Instituut. For more information see www.sanghatasutra.net.
Currently no recitations are planned.





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