Long Life Offering Ceremony to Khentrul Rinpoche
The long life offering is an incredibly moving devotional offering of praises, symbolic items and prayers to our beloved spiritual guide, our Guru, Khentrul Rinpoche. In order to help Khentrul Rinpoche achieve his vision of the Golden Age, we offer this puja to help increase his health and life and to remove our obstacles that may prevent that.
Long life offerings purify mistakes and disharmonies between the students and teacher (broken samayas) and creates the conditions to continue to receive teachings from our teacher for a long time. The Gurus stay and teach students that have the merit for them to teach them. When there is not enough merit amongst the students, the Dakinis call the Guru away to another realm to teach. This offering practice helps the students accumulate vast amounts of merit and create the karmic conditions for the teacher to remain and teach them .
People are often confused in modern times wishing to die when it is convenient or feels good before they lose any of their abilities and become weak and dependent on others. This completely forgets the rarity and value of this precious human birth. They also ask why the Guru would want to live long thinking it may be also nice to die when it is most comfortable, mistaking this for compassion.
In order to practice and live a long and healthy life as students, we need our teacher to remain and teach for the benefit of beings. The Guru is the Buddha. The Guru is the Dharma. The Guru is the Sangha. Our efforts to increase the health and lifespan of the Guru also affect the longevity of our Sangha. As we are not yet enlightened, we need all the opportunity to accumulate merit in this life.
As part of the offering 1000s of offerings are set up to accumulate merit, usually water, incense, tormas etc. Precious objects are gathered representing the victory of the Dharma and Guru in various ways and a heartfelt request is made to the Dakini to let our teacher remain and stay.
Accumulate and Dedicate White Tara Mantras to Khentrul Rinpoche
For Rinpoche’s long life we are accumulating the White Tara Mantras, you can offer them here
Sponsor the Long Life Offering
There are a lot of items involved that need to be offered and costs related to putting on this long life puja. Traditionally thousands of offerings are made along with all of the traditional item such a monks, robes, statues, items representing the Dharma, medicines etc. We appreciate your donation to help sponsor this.
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Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö is the founder and spiritual director of Dzokden. Rinpoche is the author of Unveiling Your Sacred Truth, The Great Middle Way: Clarifying the Jonang View of Other-Emptiness, A Happier Life, and The Hidden Treasure of the Profound Path.
Rinpoche spent the first 20 years of his life herding yak and chanting mantras on the plateaus of Tibet. Inspired by the bodhisattvas, he left his family to study in a variety of monasteries under the guidance of over twenty-five masters in all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Due to his non-sectarian approach, he earned himself the title of Rimé (unbiased) Master and was identified as the reincarnation of the famous Kalachakra Master Ngawang Chözin Gyatso. While at the core of his teachings is the recognition that there is great value in the diversity of all spiritual traditions found in this world; he focuses on the Jonang-Shambhala tradition. Kalachakra (wheel of time) teachings contain profound methods to harmonize our external environment with the inner world of body and mind, ultimately bringing about the golden age of peace and harmony (dzokden).