Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche presided the Buddha Amitabha Jangchog Puja and Tsok Offering on August 27, 2016 in Malaysia.
Jang Chog is a purification puja and is usually for the dead as well as the living sentient beings. Amitabha Jang Chog Puja allows us to accumulate merits through making supplications, offerings and confessions to Buddha Amitabha and is then transferred to the deceased to help them in their purification and liberation. This will help the deceased in the Bardo and shows them the path to Enlightenment.
During Amitabha Jang Chog Puja, the name of the deceased is written on a paper tablet and the tablet is burned in the process of the puja to symbolize purification of all the gross and subtle defilements, obscurities and negative karma of the individual by the fire of wisdom and thereby ripen their merit to be reborn in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.
One performs the Tsok ceremony to generate immeasurable merit. Generally, merit is accumulated by undertaking actions that benefit others, while wisdom is accrued through the practices of meditation and visualization. The mind is the source of speech and action. The Vajrayana master developed practices that focus directly the transforming the mind. Tsok Offering is one such method. Instead of making common offerings to ordinary beings, the benefactors of a Tsok Offering are perceived as buddhas, gurus and deities, and the offering are multiplied and transformed through visualization. By working directly with the mind in this way, the merit from making offering is increased innumerably, while the visualization and dissolution aspects of the practice enable swift development of wisdom.
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