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Lama Chopa puja for Losar (Tibetan New Year) and Lama Yeshe Day

Led by Kerry Prest and Geshe Samten from Kopan Monastery in Kathmandhu, Nepal

Lama Chopa (Offering to the Spiritual Guide) is a devotional practice in Tibetan Buddhism. During the puja (chanted prayer ceremony) we make requests and offerings to all the spiritual guides of our tradition, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha and extending to our present teachers and Lamas who have shown us the path to happiness, liberation and spiritual enlightenment. 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.

Tuesday 5th February is 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 (passing away) 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-five years since the passing of Lama Yeshe and we welcome students old and new, and all those who have respect and appreciation of the kindness, compassion and immense contribution Lama Yeshe has made in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West, to join us in prayers and devotion to our dear Spiritual Guide.

All are welcome – 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.

(Images: Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche)