Offering Lights at Root Institute
Festival of Lights and Merit ~ 2016
"those who offer one thousand lights will be reborn
when maitreya buddha shows
the deed of gaining
enlightenment and receive his first dharma teaching."
Arya Maitreya Sutra
FLAM is another opportunity that Root Institute provides to accumulate extensive merits. During the four most important events of Shakyamuni Buddha’s life, every year, namely Losar, Saka Dawa, the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma and Lord Buddha’s Actual Descent from the God Realm of Thirty-Three, thousands of offerings of lights are made at Root Institute, along with prayer flags and pujas. In addition, tens of thousands of light offerings are also made at the Great Mahabodhi Stupa of Enlightenment.
On each of these four meritorious occasions, we recite a special light offering prayer composed by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche together with reading the names and dedications of the sponsors from all over the world.
Every night ...
You can follow Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s daily practice of offering the thousands of lights in Rinpoche’s house and around Root Institute’s holy objects in this most powerful place!
To make it possible for everyone to include these lights in their daily offering practice, they are lit continuously from dusk until dawn, each night. Not only that, the names and dedications of all those who sponsor our regular light offerings are also read aloud during the next Festival of Lights and Merit at the Mahabodhi Stupa. The donations help to support Root Institute's general and charitable projects, as well as Lama Zopa Rinpoche's special projects.
Offerings made in Bodhgaya are said to be eight times more powerful!
There are tens of thousands of lights in and around Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house, and surrounding
the Buddha, Maitreya and Nagarjuna statues, the prayer wheel and the main gompa.
The offering of light and any funds generated after expenses, enable Root Institute to benefit more and more sentient beings and the teachings of Buddha.
"All comfort, happiness and peace in this world are received by making offerings to the Triple Gem.
Therefore those who like to have happiness, comfort and peace, always attempt to make these offerings."
Tenth Wheel of the Sutra of the Essence of the Earth
You can join us.
You are most welcome to join the daily light offerings at Root Institute and the four annual events at the Mahabodhi Stupa
of the Buddha.
Please note: These dates may alter slightly once the Liberation
Lama Zopa Rinpoche said that the merit from making any offering on the
four holy days is said to be multiplied one hundred million times.
Tara Puja, Guru Puja and Protector Pujas performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery in Bodhgaya and prayer flags around the lake in the Mahabodhi Stupa gardens.
By accumulating skies of merit through making extensive offerings at these four most auspicious times of the year and then dedicating that merit appropriately, we can each fulfil Rinpoche's wishes for our own success, our spiritual practice and our ability to serve others.
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YOUR LIGHT OFFERINGS WILL BE MADE
On each night of the auspicious days Root Institute volunteers, FPMT students and/or other Dharma friends meet at the Bodhi Tree to offer the lights using Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Extensive Offering Practice. If it should rain, then the offering is made inside the shrine room. If it is too crowded, e.g. at Losar, then the offering is made as close to the Bodhi Tree as physically possible.