On March 9, 2013, TCIA hosted monks from Gyuto Tantric Monastery, who, along with TCIA co-founder Geshe Thupten Dorjee, consecrated land at our Land of Infinite Bliss Retreat Center for our planned stupa construction. The monks also led a Yamantaka Fire Puja (more information below the photos.)

Photos copyright Stephen Ironside, used by permission.

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The Yamantaka Fire Puja is a powerful ritual that benefits both the living and those who have passed away. For the living, the puja ceremony fulfills wishes, removes obstacles, improves health, and increases merit and wealth.

For Buddhist practitioners, making offering to the fire deities helps the practitioner gain accomplishments on the path, stabilize one’s meditation concentration and improve one’s spiritual practice. For the deceased, the ceremony is an excellent method of purifying negative karma and attaining higher rebirth. You may bring a photo of deceased loved ones, including pets, to put in the fire as a blessing for your loved one. If you don’t have a photo, write their names down on white, unlined paper and you may bring that with you instead.

The Fire Puja also helps to avert or purify three kinds of obstacles:

  • External adversities that manifest from karmic imprints and affect our daily life, relationships, job, business, etc:
  • Internal hindrances arising from fear, doubts and superstition that affect our health or mental state; and
  • Secret/hidden obstacles of inherent ignorance that obstruct our ability to realize the true nature of reality.