Its purpose is to enable Buddhists to express how grateful they are to the Buddha for what he taught. This allows them to show respect for his teachings.
The Sanskrit word puja simply means “reverence, honour, homage, adoration, or worship”, so a Puja is a ceremony that enables us to create the highest merit by making actual and visualized offerings, with the bodhicitta motivation, to the highest objects of offering, the Guru and the Triple Gem – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. That merit is the basis for achieving every good thing up to and including enlightenment.
Bardo is believed to be a critical stage in a person’s transition in the afterlife as his/her wisdom and intelligence quadruples and puja helps focus them in lighting up their path.
According to Buddhist beliefs, the 49 days following someone's departure from this world, are special and significant. The prayers and practices done on behalf of the departed can assist them while in the bardo and benefit them directly.
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The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers.
While some prayers are of universal benefit, there are others that help with specific problems. It is always advisable to ask a lama or other knowledgeable person for advice on what puja is suitable for one's specific situation or problem. Phakyab Rinpoche offers different ways of requesting a puja, from requesting an observation for your problem or question to a simple prayer request.
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