12th Mahakala Puja for World Peace

Christmas Hills Mechanics Institute Hall

27 – 31 December 2020

 

Nalandra welcomes you to the 12th Annual Mahakala Puja for world peace. His Eminence Zimo’g Rinpoche performs this practice annually prior to the turning of the New Year to bring prosperity for the year ahead. Whilst the Puja was planned for the beginning of the financial year in 2020, it was postponed due to the pandemic. Therefore Rinpoche has decided to perform this year’s Mahakala Puja for 5 days. 

King of the Dharmapalas, Mahakala brings peace in the world in general, and helps individual Vajrayana practitioners on the path to Buddhahood. It is our privilege to be welcomed to join this timely and necessary act of compassion. All Buddhists who have taken refuge and been endorsed for a Vajrayana initiation of any kind can participate. 

Taking part in the full five days is recommended. It has been advised by many great masters that participation from start to finish is most beneficial for your spiritual development, as well as helping to maintain the momentum of the group energy to bring maximum benefit during the Puja and for all beings in the long run. 

During the 5 days of Puja there are two highly significant auspicious days. Monday 28 December is Sakya Pandita’s Parinirvana day, and Tuesday 29 December is the full moon. Please keep in mind that on 28 December we will perform a 16 Arhat Puja, and on 29 December we will perform a Padmasambhava Tsok during the morning session.

Dates:
Sunday 27 December – Thursday 31 December 2020

Schedule:
Download the Mahakala Puja Schedule

Location:
Christmas Hills Mechanics Institute Halll
787 Ridge Road, Christmas Hills, Victoria.

Catering:
Thanks to Suat K for generously accepting our request to manage catering. She is highly qualified and will ensure that food safety/ hygeine standards are upheld. Volunteer helpers will be needed each day. All food will be vegetarian with some vegan. 
Download the 5-Day Menu
Download Food Health and Safety Guidelines for Helpers and Participants

Registration: 
Online registration is essential. The number of places will be still limited so early bookings are recommended to reserve your seat, both for members and non-members. Mandala Membership discounts are available for the 5-day package (use your unique Events discount code). A flat rate applies for single day registrations. Cost includes venue hire, admin fees, shrine expenses, printing of booklets, vegetarian lunches and refreshments, and Dana for Rinpoche.

5 Days Non-Members: $500
5 Days Diamond Mandala Members: $200
5 Days Gold Mandala Members: $300
5 Days Silver Mandala Members: $360
Single Day: $110 (flat rate) 

Please purchase your ticket here. 
Visit our Mandala Membership page to become a member. 

Offerings:
Suitable offerings to Mahakala’s shrine include:

  • flowers (no lilies)
  • candles
  • incense
  • black tea
  • fresh fruit
  • liquor/wine

What to Bring:

  • Your mala
  • Vajra & Bell and Damaru
  • Your own personal practice booklets
  • Your own personal cushion and table if preferred
  • Kapala (skull cup) for nectar
  • Small statues or images of Mahakala to sit on your practice table during the Puja
  • A face mask

 Mahakala Puja practice books will be provided.

Personal Presentation:
Please dress in relaxed, clean attire (white or neutral colors), with hair tied back in a top-knot or pony tail. No strong scents please. 

Donations:
The Mahakala 2020 Puja is a not-for-profit event purely dedicated to benefit all beings and Rinpoche says it is our chance to make it right. Hence you are welcome to take part in this noble duty by letting your donation into the ocean of merit. Please use the following bank details for donations only:

BSB: 633 000 
Account Name: AIVBI 
Account Number: 120 528 641
Reference: Pujadonation

Communication:
Please email us if you have any questions. Please also let us know of any special dietary requirements, and if you will need accommodation in Christmas Hills or assistance with travel.