All About Pujas

31 July 2009 - 11:28pm 1 Comment

In life, we constantly face obstacles and challenges such as financial difficulties, health problems, losing loved ones, interferences from spirits, black magic and accidents. Pujas are one of the many methods to help us find relief and clear immediate obstacles so that we can receive positive effects now and in the future.

What is a Puja?

Puja is a Sanskrit word meaning offerings. It is a religious ceremony in which prayers, food and monetary offerings are made to the Three Jewels to request their blessings and invoke their help. When the pujas are directed at certain deities, they help the patron or sponsor to create connections with those Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

The offerings are made not because the deities will be pleased to receive gifts, but rather because the deities rejoice in the virtue of the giver. When the deities rejoice, the puja sponsor creates merits which will fulfil their wishes and purify their negative karma which is the ultimate cause of their particular problem.

Paying respect to our Guru before starting the puja

The Benefits of Performing Pujas

Pujas are performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles. These are:

  1. Worldly obstacles which affect our daily life and relationships, as well as our success in business and finance
  2. Inner obstacles which affect our health and mental state
  3. Secret obstacles which obstruct the attainments of innate wisdom and everlasting happiness

Pujas are also performed for the dying to help pacify their mind, as well as for the deceased in order to bless and guide their minds to a higher state or rebirth.

It should be remembered even if there is no immediate effect, the results will eventually come because any offering made in relation to the Three Jewels is never wasted and in doing a puja, powerful imprints are planted and merits are collected for the avoidance of obstacles in the future.

Types of Pujas

The most commonly requested and performed pujas are:

  1. Lama Chopa with tsok (Tibetan: latsok): conducted to thank our gurus’ kindness and guidance in our Dharma practice. It helps to increase wisdom, memory, compassion and patience. It also helps to dispel negative energy, spells and spirits. Performing the Guru Puja helps to purify negative karma and accumulate merits.
  2. Medicine Buddha (Tibetan.: menlha): carrying a bowl containing medicines, he helps anyone who is sick and dying. The puja is often performed to help clear health-related obstacles, for successful surgeries, and to help those who have already passed away.
  3. Setrap (Tibetan: Setrap Shapten): effective in pacifying obstacles, demons, spirits and black magic.

These along with other types of pujas can be performed in Kechara House. Pujas are performed by a team of four or more people to dedicate the merits to the benefactor. Pujas can be done for oneself or for one’s family and friends. The names of the benefactors, to whom the pujas are dedicated, will be read out during the puja.

Performing pujas in Kechara House was inspired by our Spiritual Guide, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, who passed down to us pujas compiled by high Lamas of the past who had visions or direct instructions from the deities.

Whilst a variety of pujas are performed in Kechara House, they can be separated into two categories, weekly pujas and special pujas.

There are also many more pujas that can be performed by the monks of Gaden Monastery. However, the specific puja will depend on the needs of the sponsor, or the instructions that the sponsor has been given by the Lama.

How Much Pujas Cost

Pujas can be extensive and elaborate, or conducted on a smaller scale, depending on the purpose of the puja, and the sponsor’s needs and wishes and the gravity of the obstacle.

In Kechara, we perform two scales of pujas, medium and small. Small pujas are usually performed by at least 4 lay practitioners and cost between RM500 and RM900 meanwhile medium scale pujas are performed by 10 or more lay practitioners which rated from RM800 and above.

You may also sponsor a puja to be done at a monastery by monks.  A puja performed by up to 1,500 monks will cost between RM2,000 and RM3,500. Large scale pujas can cost between RM5,000 and RM15,000. The large scale puja is performed by 3,000 monks in the main prayer hall of the monastery.

The costs of the pujas are dependent on the type of meal the sponsor wishes to offer to the monks conducting the puja, and whether the meal provided is only for breakfast or for the whole day. The puja’s cost is also dependent upon the amount of monetary offering the sponsor wishes to offer each monk. As such, the costs mentioned above are just guidelines.

How To Prepare For A Puja

Any personal can first sponsor a puja through KECHARA Puja House depending on sponsor’s necessities. Once completed,  our coordinator will arrange the puja session to be done on a requested schedule

On the day of pujas or at least one day before, Puja House members will prepare the offerings and the ritual cake (torma) will be carefully handmade for the specific puja session. When pujas are conducted, they are a wonderful experience for the sponsors who choose to be present. The energy generated during a puja leaves no doubt that pujas are an effective and speedy way for you to fulfill your specific wishes and purify your karma!

How To Order A Puja

If you wish to find out more or order a puja, contact us at:

+603 7803 3908 or email us at [email protected]

You may also order online through

Mixing dough

Making into smaller dough ball

Focus and concentration needed in preparing tormas

Preparing tormas together

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