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Guru Puja is a practice consisting of making offerings to and requesting inspiration from the Spiritual Master.
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Spiritual vows and
commitments which might have degenerated are also restored through the
practice of tsog offering (feast offering). In this practice, we unite our
minds with the holy mind of the Spiritual Master, who is considered the
root and life-force of the spiritual path in order to receive blessings
and generate realizations on the path to enlightenment.
We need merit, or positive energy, for our enlightened potential to grow
and become perfect and one of the best ways to do that is to make
beautiful offering and prayers to the Three Jewels and to our Spiritual
Teachers. This is what happens in the Guru Puja. A special type of
offering called tsog is made. Here we offer platefuls of fruits and
biscuits, which are distributed afterwards to the participants. The tsog
can be eaten by oneself or shared with friends who have faith in the Three
Jewels, but should not be given to animals or thrown in a dirty place.
Written by Ven. Sangye Khadro and reprinted from Kadampa Center, Raleigh, NC, USA
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