Ven. Roger Kunsang offering a mandala to Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the long life puja. Photo by Ven. Sherab.

On May 12 a moving long life puja was offered by over four hundred students to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia, following the conclusion of an incredible six-week-long retreat

Beautiful White Tara statue made by Bertrand Cayla, painted by Sonam Sherpa and offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the long life puja. Photo by Bertrand Cayla.

During the puja, which lasted six hours, Rinpoche was offered a White Tara statue, sculpted by Bertrand Cayla over a year and a half, and intricately painted by Sonam Sherpa and Bertrand over a period of several months at Nalanda Monastery in France. The life-sized statue was shipped to Bendigo and filled by Geshe Thubten Rapten and Ven. Gyatso and made on advice of one lama who advised that a life-sized Tara statue should be made for Rinpoche’s health and long life. Students of FPMT Taiwan sponsored this holy object and it was offered to a new nunnery being established in Bendigo called Machig Labdron. 

Vens. Thubten Dechen and Gyalten Wangmo offered the long life prayer to Rinpoche composed by Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme (Khadro-la) which was sung to a Bhutanese tune, during the long life puja, as the statue was being offered. You can watch a video of this:

At the end of the puja Rinpoche gave all of the offerings that were made to him to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Machig Labdron Nunnery, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, and Atisha Centre. 

Proceedings of the long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Photo by Ven. Sherab.

Many materials and prayers are available and can be used for creating the cause for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life. Students are also welcome to watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings from the precious recent retreat in Australia.

The Long Life Puja Fund contributes to long life pujas offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. All are welcome to contribute to this fund.