Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Kopan monks doing Guru Puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

As students of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, we may be familiar with the practice of Guru Puja, also known as Lama Chöpa. But how well do we understand its significance?

Now a new, multimedia online series from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA), called Guru Puja is the Heart Practice, offers detailed instruction on this key practice, which was composed by Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen (1570-1662).

The six-part series contains a wealth of teachings and instructions on Guru Puja, based on teachings given by FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the first Light of the Path retreat in the United States and augmented with similar teachings given by Rinpoche at retreats around the world.

Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen Himalayan Art Resources

Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen. Photo © 2018 Himalayan Art Resources Inc. Photographed Image Copyright © 2004 Rubin Museum of Art.

Generations of great masters and yogi-practitioners have taken Guru Puja as the very heart of their practice. And Lama Zopa Rinpoche emphasizes to his students that they do the same. 

LYWA recently published the first installment in this series, entitled “The Importance of Practicing Guru Puja,” which introduces the Guru Puja, explains why tantra is such a quick path to enlightenment, presents Rinpoche’s commentary to Pabongka Rinpoche’s heartfelt advice on the importance of practicing Guru Puja, and explains why all our meditation should be integrated into the lamrim.

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice multimedia series was edited by Ven. Sarah Thresher. The teachings are supplemented by images as well as audio and video recordings, along with links to related materials. Future installments will introduce chanting and the lineage of chanting used for Guru Puja within FPMT.

The series includes the following parts, which will be released in the coming months:

  • Part One: The Importance of Practicing Guru Puja
  • Part Two: An Introduction to the Chanting through to the Prostrations
  • Part Three: The Offering Section
  • Part Four: Renewing the Bodhisattva Vows to Mantra Recitation
  • Part Five: The Tsog Offering
  • Part Six: The Lamrim Prayer to the Verses of Auspiciousness

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