Free-of-cost eye camps at the three major areas of Lower Mustang were held for the week of 21st - 26th May 2013. The eye surgeons were from the United States and the Himalaya Eye Hospital, Pokhara. Ven Lama Tashi la and a dozen of our college students assisted the eye camps. In total, 700 patients' eyes were screened. Out of which the cataract surgery was done for 15 patients and the glasses and medicines were distributed for hundreds of patients. I am very proud to tell you that once again the eye camps concluded with a great success. It was the 3rd time Pema Ts'al successfully organized and publicized the eye camps. The 1st one was held at Pema Ts'al in 2010 and the 2nd in Upper Mustang in 2011. Dooley Foundation - Intermed International, New York was the sponsor on all three occasions. It was kindly supported by HEH, Pokhara and Mission Himalaya, Kathmandu on all three occasions as well.
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Prayer and Pujas
Important Buddhist Prayers and Pujas can be performed to benefit oneself, one's friend and family by requesting the Lamas and Monks of Pema Ts'al Sakya Monastic Institute, Pokhara Nepal.
VAIROCHANA BUDDHA RITUAL: This is a major ritual based on a drawing or sand Mandala. This can be performed for a day or three to seven days in a stretch.
Purpose: This ritual is especially for the deceased. It purifies the negative deeds committed in the past life and helps to acquire better rebirth. It also helps the deceased to minimize the sufferings and anxiety during the (Bardo) intermediate stage of the death and rebirth. This ritual, along with the Empowerment is also very effective for someone who is terminally ill with virtually no hope of survival.
The ritual can be done by a minimum of 4 to 8 monks and takes 5/6 hours. On special occasions or by request of the sponsor, the ritual can de done for 5 to 7 days by drawing a sand mandala. Offerings can be very elaborate or simple but 100 butter lampas are recommended. The elaborated form of this ritual can be also performed abroad upon any special request. The institute has performed the elaborated one thrice in Japan on three visits.
VAJRAKILAYA BUDDHA RITUAL: The Vajrakilaya Buddha Ritual is another major ritual based on sand mandala and done for eliminating all kinds of dreadful evils and obstacles of oneself, one's area or the country at large. This can be performed for a day or three to seven days in a stretch.
Similar to Vairochana Buddha Ritual, this ritual can be also done by a minimum of 4 to 8 monks and takes 7/8hrs. On special occasions or by request of the sponsor, the ritual can be done for 5 to 7 days by drawing a sand mandala. Offerings can be very complicated or simple but offering of 100 butter lamps are suggested. The complicated form of this ritual can be also performed abroad upon any special request.
TARA PUJA, FOUR MANDALA OFFERINGS: Tara puja is very effective to seek guidance, support, strength and fulfillment of one's wishes. The unabridged version of this prayer takes 3 to 4 hours. This can be performed by the whole Sangha or by a minimum of 4 monks.
MAHAKALA PUJA: Mahakala puja is a prayer to the tutelary deities who are the Protector of Dharma and its practitioners. This ritual invokes the tutelary deities to guide, support and bestows power to face life's struggle and also eliminate the obstacles and forces that hinder us in our path. The offerings and preparation of this ritual are simple. This is mainly done by whole Sangha gatherings with ritual music or it can also be done by four monks. The ritual may take 4 hours but the mantras of each deity are repeated three times and will take 6 hours altogether.
THREE DEITIES LONG-LIFE PRAYER: This puja is to prolong one's life span. It invokes the blessing of Three Long-Life Deities; White Tara, Amitayu and Vijaya. This puja is a good for someone who has a long-term illness, has undergone a major operation, or experienced a traumatic accident or even.
The puja is performed by 4 monks and take 4 hours with the recitation of the Long Life Mantra. The offerings are simple but 100 lamps are recommended.
MEDICINE BUDDHA: Medicine Buddha puja is for someone who is undergoing medical treatment. When the treatment does not show the desired result, the puja can be effective to bring the needed result. The blessings of the Medicine Budhha enhance the effectiveness of the medicine to show positive results. The puja takes 4 hours.
VIJAYA 1000 OFFERINGS: This is one of the major rituals which needs compulsory offerings of butter lamps, scented water, incense, flowers and offering cakes. This ritual needs two days. Vijaya is one of the 3 Long-Life deities. This ritual is done for purification of one's negative deeds committed in this or earlier lives and also to accumulate merit to help fulfill one's wishes and dreams. When one accumulates good merit, he/she will have luck, success and a natural advantage in all walks of life. This ritual is done by the whole Sangha or can be done by a minimum of 6 monks.
SAMANTABHADRA PRAYERS: Samantabhadra prayer is a simple but well-meaning prayer to the Buddhas of ten directions by the Boddhisattva Samantabhadra. This prayer can be done on any occasion of the deceased, for the living, or for the well-being of all living beings. The prayer takes 15 minutes to recite three times and can be done any time during the congregation of the Sangha.
THREE HEAPS PRAYERS: This prayer is done to eliminate obstacles and bad elements that hinder ones Dharma practice. This takes 10 minutes to recite three times.
HOISTING OF PRAYER FLAGS: The hoisting of prayer flags of 5 colors is to arise the "air horse", which brings luck and success in all endeavors. The prayer flag hoisting also has "purification" prayers which invoke the gods for support and backing. There are certain good days for the hoisting of the flag which will be determined by the Sangha.
Please contact the institute office for more details and the cost of doing prayers and pujas.