May 21, 2012

49 Days for Gunjii

"In the Mahayana Buddhism, we pray for the dead for 49 days after passing away, 49 being the estimated time it takes for the spirit to be reborn again into a new life."
After Gunjii's death, Ani Gyalmo organized pujas every week for seven weeks for Gunjii, so that she may have a fortunate rebirth. Using a large private donation, the center was able to have a larger puja on the 49th day. Geshe-la was in attendance and he brought 10 young monks from Idga Monastery. So, with the nuns from Dolma Ling Nunnery, we had quite a puja, with many many offerings, including feeding everyone tea and sweet rice. It was a wonderful puja, befitting such a wonderful person as Gunjii. Her mother, sister and brother, along with Gunjii's young nephews, were also able to attend.

Geshe-la preparing his young monks before the puja

These young monks did a wonderful job

One of the nuns was the chant leader

View of the gompa from the back

It was heartwarming to see so many fill the gompa for Gunjii