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º FAQ: Buddhist Prayers º

Offerings on the altar. Asura Cave.
Offerings on the altar. Asura Cave, Nepal.

º General Questions º

How can I get a prayer ASAP (as soon as possible)?

To get prayer help as soon as possible, choose one of the daily prayers/pujas. Home has a list of prayers & pujas that are chanted daily. On Main Prayers the daily prayers/pujas are indicated: Chanted daily.

How do I request more than one prayer?

After you donate, Paypal will send you to our Thank You page. From there, go to Main Prayers. Choose another prayer. Click on Donate.

How do I unsubscribe from a monthly donation/prayer/puja?

On Main Prayers next each monthly service Subscribe link is an Unsubscribe link. Or use this link: Unsubscribe.

What happens after I request a prayer?

An email is sent to the monastery. Often the prayer is done the same day. Sometimes the monks/nuns may not be able to perform the prayer immediately, but will do so after a few days. In any case, your request will be carried out within at most seven days. All donors' names are read aloud in the temple after the prayers are done, at the dedication of merit.

Who does the prayer? How many times?

The prayers are done by monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, or by nuns at Nagi Gompa. All the monks, or all the nuns will perform the prayer/puja you have requested. How many times they repeat it depends on which one it is.

Will I be told what time the prayer will be performed?

If the prayer will be done the same day, you won't be notified ahead of time. If the prayer will be done a few days later, we will email you to tell you when.

Will I be notified once the prayers or pujas have been performed?

You will be notified by email that the prayers or pujas you requested have been performed.

Will the Rinpoches be told of my donation?

Yes. On special days, the Rinpoches lead the puja in the meditation hall, and the names of all recent sponsors are read aloud.

What is merit?

Merit (Sanskrit: punya, Tibetan: sonam) is good karma created by good thoughts, words and actions. Giving, kindness and dharma practice generate merit. Merit is essential for happiness, worldly success, good health, long life, spiritual realization and good rebirth.
Merit in Buddhism AccessToInsight.org Wikipedia.org

º Special Requests º

How do I dedicate a prayer for someone?

Click on Donate next to the prayer or puja you want to dedicate. Then click on Special Requests. Type in Dedicate & the name of the person you want to dedicate the prayer to. That person's name will be read aloud in the temple after the prayer is performed. The merit from the prayer will be dedicated for that person.

How do I give a prayer as a gift?

Click on Donate next to the prayer or puja you want to give as a gift. Then click on Special Requests. Type in:
· Gift, or Anniversary Gift, or Birthday Gift, or Graduation Gift, or Wedding Gift, etc.
· Name of person the gift is for (both people's names if it's an anniversary or wedding gift).
· Date of their anniversary, birthday, graduation, wedding, etc.
· Their mailing address.
The person(s) who the gift is for will receive a letter from the Monastery Office, announcing your gift of a prayer or puja. Allow two weeks for the letter to arrive.

How do I dedicate a prayer or puja for someone who has died?

Click on Donate next to the prayer or puja you want to schedule. Then click on Special Requests. Type in Dedicate Deceased & the name of the person who has died. The merit from the prayer or puja will be dedicated for that person. The deceased person's name will also be written on the name-burning paper. The Rinpoches will perform that ritual on special days. It can only be done within 49 days of death.

How do I dedicate a prayer for a purpose?

Click on Donate next to the prayer or puja you want to dedicate. Then click on Special Requests. Type in Dedicate Purpose & the purpose you want to dedicate the prayer/puja for. That purpose will be read aloud in the temple after the prayer is performed. The merit from the prayer will be dedicated for that purpose.

How do I request that a prayer be scheduled on a certain date?

Click on Donate next to the prayer or puja you want to schedule. Then click on Special Requests. Type in Prayer Scheduling or Puja Scheduling & the date you would like the prayer or puja scheduled. We will try to schedule your prayer on your requested date, if possible.

How do I make a Special Request with a Monthly Puja Subscription?

PayPal's software doesn't make a Special Requests box with a Monthly Subscription. Subscribe first, then send an email to the office with your request. Include your name, what you subscribed to, details of your special request.
Monlam Office office@monlam.org

º Choosing Prayers/Pujas º

What prayers/pujas are helpful for health and longevity?

Go to Main Prayers. Choose from these: Amitayus (Amitayus Dharani, Red Amitayus Puja, White Amitayus Puja), Medicine Buddha Puja, Green Tara (Tara Praises, Tara Puja).

What prayers/pujas are helpful for overcoming obstacles?

Go to Main Prayers. Choose one or more of these: Green Tara (Tara Praises, Tara Puja), Three Prayers to Remove Obstacles & Gather Positive Conditions, Overcoming Obstacles.

What prayers/pujas are helpful for fortune and prosperity?

Go to Main Prayers. Choose from: Lama Norlha, Green Tara (Tara Praises, Tara Puja), Three Prayers to Remove Obstacles and Gather Positive Conditions.

What prayer would you suggest as a wedding gift?

We recommend Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones. Click on Donate, then click on Special Requests. Type in Wedding Gift, their names, and their mailing address. The newlyweds will receive a letter from the Monastery Office, announcing your gift. Allow two weeks for the letter to arrive.

What prayer is helpful when beginning a new endeavor?

Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones is often recited at the start of a new activity, a new business, moving to a new place, weddings, etc. Some people recite it at the start of a new day. You can also make offerings to the sangha of monks and nuns, and dedicate the merit to the success of your new activity.

What prayers/pujas are helpful for people who have died?

Go to Main Prayers. Under the Bardo heading, request Kunzang Tugtik Puja, or Peaceful and Wrathful Deities of the Bardo. Further down on Main Prayers, you can request Five Prayers to Benefit the Living and the Dead, or Ocean of Amrita (Ngakso Puja).

What puja is helpful for people who have died by suicide?

Go to Main Prayers. Choose the Ocean of Amrita (Ngakso Puja).

What puja is helpful for people who have chronic depression?

Go to Main Prayers. Choose the Ocean of Amrita (Ngakso Puja).

º Money º

Do I get a receipt?

Paypal will create a receipt, and email it to you.

Can I get a tax deduction for the donations made through Monlam.org?

All donations made through Monlam.org are fully tax-deductible in the US. All donations made at Monlam are received by the Shedrub Development Fund, a public charity registered in the United States. Donations are tax deductible in the United States under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code. All donors will receive an email receipt appended to the thank-you email.

How do I donate without a credit card?

Go to Paypal.com. Sign up for a Paypal Personal Account. Set it up to pay from your bank account.

Why do you ask for money for Buddhist prayers?

Traditionally, Buddhist prayers are offered without a specfic price tag. People give as generously as they are able. Buddhists understand that generosity creates merit, which helps them and others. Many people using this service may be unfamiliar with this tradition, so minimum donation amounts are next to each prayer.

Where does the money go?

Your donation supports Buddhist monks and nuns, including Tibetan refugees. Donations pay for food, clothing, housing, education, books, and healthcare. A little goes to pay for the costs of having this website and using Paypal. Paypal charges us $0.87 - $1.17 per $30 donation, depending on our monthly volume.

Who runs Monlam.org? How much money do you get?

Monlam.org is run by volunteers who are students of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche & Phakchok Rinpoche. We don't get any money from doing this.

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