Center for American Buddism (CAB) Senior Buddhist Priest Lama Chökyi Lodü, AKA Venerable Sha'ul Justice Elk has received Vows and teaching ordination from the Center for American Buddhist Practice. He is the Spiritual Director overseeing the Blue Lotus Dharma Center and currently resides in St. Paul, MN. He has also received teachings and vows from Venerable Master Hsing Yun (Founder of Fo Guan Shan) as well as teachings, vows, empowerments (wang) and transmissions (lung) from Lama Tsewong Sitar Rinpoché, Lama Jigmé Jinpa, Lama Pema Tenzin, H.H. Sakya Trizin, Lama Lodü Rinpoché (head of the KDK - Karma Kagyu), Lama Jigmé Tromgé Rinpoché of Padmasambhava Peace Institute, as well as Lama Chonam and Ven. Lingtrul Kadak Chöying Dorje. He is a direct student of Lama Jigmé Jinpa, and follows MaChik Labdrön's Chöd lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Special Services Performed by Lama Chökyi Lodü
The Spiritual Director and Senior Buddhist Priest at the BLDC, (Lama) Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü, personally performs the services offered, and the proceeds help support him directly. The prices listed are for the services only and do not include transportation costs for Lama Ngakpa Chökyi.
House Blessings - $75 Donation This ceremony creates a harmonious environment through making specific offerings to the Higher Guests as well as pacifying, through additional offerings, local entities, land guardians, and other inhabitants of the location. This then leads to the removal of obstacles, improved environmental health, and generates positive karma for those whom requested the ceremony.
Prosperity Blessings - $75 Donation This is a special ceremony that focuses on removing wealth-hindrances and creating the positive conditions for generating spiritual, personal and monetary wealth through giving rise to generosity. With a continuous focus on personal generosity, the blessings are long lasting. One may actually attend this ceremony or, if attendance is not possible, one may act as a sponsor. Brief instructions will be given to those in attendance or emailed to sponsors for the daily practice of generosity. Sponsors must submit their full name (birth-date is helpful but not required).
Ganacakra Tsog Sponsor - $30 Donation The "tsog" (pronounced 'soak') is a very special "meal" or "feast" that is ritualistically held during a specific ceremony. It is a common practice for people to "sponsor" a tsog as a means to generate positive merit & virtue for oneself or a loved one. A person may make a dana (donation) on behalf of himself or herself or another person. The donation is used specifically to purchase or help purchase food/offering substances that are used during the ceremony. All those that sponsor a tsog, are named individually and are considered to be equal to an active participant – even if they are not physically present, and thus receive the same blessings/merit/virtue as such. Often these ceremonies are not open to the general public, as they require specific empowerments and transmissions in order to participate. Thus the sponsorship is a wonderful way to access the blessings that arise from these events. $30
Special Healing Practices - $50 Donation For those loved ones or even for one’s self, a special healing puja/practice is performed in order to purify karma, remove obstacles that hinder healing, prolong life and lessen suffering. There are a few various practices that would be performed on behalf of the benefactor (Tara, Medicine Buddha, or a Chö ritual depending on the nature of the issue). $50
Weddings - $150 Donation Simple Buddhist wedding ceremony .
Bardo Chö Ceremonies for the Deceased ( After-death guidance ritual)- $300 Donation This very rare practice comes from the tradition of MaChik Labdrön and is performed repeatedly during the 49-day period after one passes. It is an extremely powerful and most important ceremony that compassionately guides the deceased toward liberation while they are in the Bardo. There are only a very few people in the West that hold this practice, of which Lama Chökyi Lodü is one by direct transmission. Sponsors will need to also provide additional items for the ceremonies (this is arranged before the first ceremony begins).
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