What is a puja?
A puja is a ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas to request their blessings or invoke their help. Pujas are performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles, conditions which prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals.
There are three types of obstacles.
- Worldly obstacles
- Inner obstacles
- Secret obstacles
these are affecting day to day life, relationships, business, finances.
They affect our health or mental state.
Obstructing the attainment of innate wisdom.
Similarly making offering to the assembled sangha during a puja collects extensive merit and purifies obstacles.
Pujas can be performed for various purposes:
- for the dying
- for the deceased
- for sickness
- for success in one's activities
to help pacify their mind, and decrease fear during the time of death.
to bless and guide their mind to a higher state of rebirth and liberation.
to remove obstacles to mental and physical health.
removing obstacles to success of one's activities, be they worldly or dharma.