Offering to the Spiritual Guide, or Lama Chopa in Tibetan, is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra.
It was compiled by the first Panchen Lama, Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, as a preliminary practice for Tantric Mahamudra.
The main practice is meditation on reliance upon our Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra.
By relying upon our Spiritual Guide as one with Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, spiritual power, and especially our wisdom will naturally increase.
You are very welcome to attend – these prayers are free of charge.
You are welcome to bring a small food offering to this puja.
We have a limited number of prayer booklets to use and for sale at the centre.
You may also buy a copy of the prayers here: Offering to Spiritual Guide Prayers.
“If we want to acquire special skills, become proficient at a particular sport, or learn to play a musical instrument well, we naturally seek a qualified teacher to instruct us.
By following our teacher’s example and sincerely applying his or her instructions, eventually we accomplish our aim and become just like our teacher.
If reliance upon a qualified teacher is necessary for mundane achievements such as these, how much more necessary is it for spiritual attainments such as liberation or enlightenment?”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso