Every year we look forward to our annual Smoke Puja officiated by the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, our very dear friend from India and Nepal. Simply explained, a Sang puja, or smoke puja, is a ritual of purification, clearing away stale and stuck energies, in yourself, in the environment, in the general state of affairs. It can be described as clearing of impurities in the midstream of those attending the offering. In truth, the depth of purpose of the Smoke Offering, or the Pure Offering, is far-reaching.
This year’s Smoke Puja Ceremony is in part to appease the land energies in regards to the year long construction happening in our neighborhood at Tibetan House.
According to Sogyal Rinpoche:
Riwo Sangchö means ‘An unceasing offering to the mountain gods’, but it is much more than that. It is a practice of generosity and offering that frees your heart and inspires your generosity to others. It is a practice of prosperity that also brings you confidence. It is a practice of healing through which you repay all your karmic debts and heal your relationships. Riwo Sangchö is also practice of purification in which all your obscurations are purified and burned away in the sang offering. You purify the outer pollution (environmental degradation, disharmony, and physical sickness); You purify the inner pollution (negative emotions, blockages in your channels and imbalances in our energy) ; You purify the secret pollution (fundamental ignorance). Riwo Sangchö is also and especially a practice that enhances your energy and your lung ta, thus making your rigpa more vivid to you.
Please explore these websites for a more comprehensive understanding of what occurs when we join together with Tsering in the Smoke Offering.
A great opportunity to practice generosity.