Sixteen Arhats’ Puja blog
The following letter was posted Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 9:12 PM by Art Engle:
Dear Dharma friends,
As most of you will recall, in past years it was a custom to celebrate Khen Rinpoche’s birthday every summer in the beginning of July. At that time, we would recite a short version of the Sixteen Arhats’ Puja, followed by a birthday celebration. The ritual has a special connection with Sera Monastery and it is typically performed to promote both the longevity of one’s Lamas and the flourishing of the Holy Dharma.
This year we have decided to perform a slightly more extensive version of the ritual this coming July 4, which falls on a Sunday. The prayer recitation will be led by the monks at Rashi Gempil Ling Temple and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Following the recitation, we will have a picnic lunch on the grounds of the temple. We invite you will join us on this occasion, not only to pray for the continued success of the Dharma but also as an opportunity to visit and enjoy a meal with fellow Dharma students. Please feel free to bring along any family members or friends that you think might like to come.
In order to make the recitation more meaningful, we have asked Geshe Wangdu to give a class on Sunday June 27, beginning at 12:00 noon. He has agreed to go over such topics as the structure, purpose, and benefits of the ritual. Everyone is, of course, welcome and encouraged to attend this class as well.
If you would like to help with food or any of the preparations, please call the temple at 732 364-1824.
Looking forward to seeing you all,