Thursday 6 July, 18:00 – 20:00
This year we are celebrating the birthday of HH Dalai Lama with a Chenrezig puja followed by a short film and delicious traditional Tibetan momos (vegetarian dumplings) and chow mein, made by Jampa and Karma.
Pujas are chanted devotional prayers and in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Chenrezig is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. Chenrezig is beloved throughout the Buddhist world and is known by different names in different countries: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan-yin in China, as Kannon in Japan.
Chenrezig is also considered the patron Bodhisattva (Buddhist Saint) of Tibet, and his mantra OM MANI PADME HUM is recited by all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra and Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), out loud or silently to oneself, invokes his powerful benevolent attention.
Many of the most respected meditation masters like HH Dalai Lama are considered to be emanations of Chenrezig as they work tirelessly their whole lives and with such endless compassion to benefit sentient beings across the world.
Whenever we are compassionate, or feel love for another human, or an animal or some part of the natural world, we experience a taste of our own natural connection with Chenrezig. Although we may not be as consistently compassionate as some of the great meditation masters, Tibetan Buddhists believe that we all share in our basic nature, unconditional compassion and wisdom that is no different from what we see in Chenrezig and in all the great Lamas of Tibet.
Please let us know if you would like to join us for this beautiful puja to wish HH Dalai Lama a happy birthday, send out compassionate wishes into the world and also to let Jampa and Karma know how many to cater for by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We request a small donation for the food.