How to make Offerings At the Great Prayer Festival

Frburay 21 - 25 2024

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"Offering even one cent to the Sangha community brings uncountable benefit and merit. As long as the Sangha community exists your merit exist. It will not be exhausted. When making the offering in your mind dedicate strongly for your purpose and make strong prayers for all your wishes to be fulfilled"                           Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Established by the great Lama Tsong Khapa in Tibet, the Great Prayer Festival (Monlam Chenmo) brought together in prayer tens of thousands of monks and nuns of different lineages from all over Tibet. It also gave lay Tibetans an opportunity to make offerings to the holy beings and the sangha.

The first 14 days of the Tibetan new year celebrate the days Buddha performed miracles, with the 15th being the Day of Miracles. Monlam Chenmo ends the following day with a procession in which a statue of Maitreya Buddha is escorted by the sangha and the lay community together around the stupa, while special prayers are made to Maitreya Buddha, requesting him to come quickly to lead all sentient beings to the state of enlightenment.

More than 1800 monastics  gather for teachings and prayers every year. During Monlam Chenmo, food, tea and cash is offered to the sangha every day. The Most Venerable Jangtse Choeje Gosok Rinpoche, the Ex-abbot of Gyume Tantric College, teaches every day during that time.

Kopan Monastery will be once again hosting the annual Great Prayer Festival (Monlam Chenmo). This year the venue for the event will be at Kopan Monastery.

You can make the following offerings  to the Sangha Assembly:

Food offering per monk/nun per day = US $ 1
Cash offering per monk/nun per day = US $ 1
Or Offer as much as you like

You can also offer
Tea 50 US$

Breakfast  (Tea and Bread) 80 US$

Lunch (rice, dhal, vegetables, fruit) 623 US$
Dinner (soup, bread) 260 US$

We also invite you to sponsor the following prayers and pujas (U$ 150 each):
White Umbrella Deity
Tara Praises
Monlam Namgyal (8 Auspicious Prayers)
Heart Sutra
Palden Lhamo Torma offering
Extensive Bath Offering
Extensive Prayers and Sutra Recitation

During the five days of Monlam, thousands of lights will be offered.
Set of 200 lights = 10 US$

The dedication of sponsors will be read aloud during each sessions on all five days of the event.

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