Lama Chopa for Lama Yeshe Day and Losar (Tibetan New Year)
Lama Chopa (Offering to the Spiritual Guide) is a devotional practice special to the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. During the puja (chanted prayer ceremony) we make requests and offerings to all the teachers and Lamas of our tradition, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha and extending to our present teachers and Lamas who have shown us the spiritual path. We request all the Spiritual Guides to bless our minds with the same realisations that they themselves have cultivated. By offering sincere, heartfelt requests in this way our minds receive the full blessings of this precious lineage and quickly actualise the realisations of the path.
Friday 16 February is also the start of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. For the FPMT, Losar is also a special time as it commemorates the anniversary of FPMT founder Lama Thubten Yeshe’s parinirvana at dawn of Losar in 1984.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche asks Dharma students and practitioners to offer Lama Chöpa with tsog in honor of this anniversary. This Losar marks thirty-four years since the passing of Lama Yeshe and we welcome students old and new, and all those who has respect and appreciation of the kindness, compassion and immense contribution Lama Yeshe has made in helping to bring Tibetan Buddhism to the West, to join us in prayers and devotion to our dear Spiritual Guide.
All are welcome, whether Buddhist or not, and you can join in or just sit and enjoy the puja. If you would like to contribute to the offerings for the shrine and tsog (for example biscuits, fruit, flowers) then please arrive 20 mins early so you can place them on the shrine before the start of the puja.
Suggested donation £3