Spiritual Services

Pujas and Blessings

Through the Minnesota Sakya Center, Khenpo Thupten Gongphel offers the following spiritual services for the benefit of individuals, the community, and all sentient beings. To make a request, please contact us

If you are requesting a puja for a particular reason, please provide a short explanation so that Khenpo can advise which puja is most suitable. Services are scheduled based on Khenpo’s availability. Donations for these spiritual services are tax-deductible in the United States, as any goods or services provided consist entirely of intangible religious benefits.

Long-Life Ritual

The long-life deities Amitayus, White Tara, and Ushnishavijaya restore vitality and prolong life. This ritual can be requested for the long life and good health of your gurus, loved ones, relatives, friends, or even yourself.

Tara Ritual

The female buddha Tara protects beings from fear, clears obstacles, and bestows success in all activities. Her Tibetan name, Drolma, means ‘She who Liberates.’

Protector Ritual

This practice invokes Mahakala and other dharmapalas for removal of obstacles and for protection.

Repelling Practice of Sitatapatra, Prajnaparamita, and Simhamukha

For the expulsion of negative forces and obstacles, this practice invokes:  

  • Sitatapatra, the White Umbrella Goddess;
  • Prajnaparamita, the Mother of Wisdom as expressed in the Heart Sutra;
  • and Simhamukha, the Lion-Faced Dakini.
Protector Ritual

This practice invokes Mahakala and other dharmapalas for removal of obstacles and for protection.

Sarvavid Vairocana Ritual

This is a powerful purification ritual known for its efficacy in delivering sentient beings from the lower realms.  It is typically performed for those near death or who have passed away.

Vajrayogini Ritual

This ritual of female wisdom dakini, Vajrayogini, is appropriate for either the living or deceased.

Avalokiteshvara Ritual

This practice of the Buddha of Compassion, known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit or Chenrezig in Tibetan, purifies obstacles and negativity. It is appropriate for either the living or deceased.

Medicine Buddha Ritual

The Medicine Buddha made twelve great aspirations to alleviate the physical and mental suffering of sentient beings. This practice can bring healing to various types of illnesses and helps to restore balance in inner and outer elements.

Naga Ritual 

This offering ritual to the nagas (serpent-like spirits) benefits the region and community. It can further help pacify certain types of illnesses including skin diseases and cancer.

Samantabhadra Ritual to Cheat Death 

For certain illnesses, this ritual is performed to restore vitality.

Vajrapani Bhutadamara Fire Puja

This obstacle-clearing puja is known for its power to subdue negative forces. It is especially helpful to clear obstacles and bring success to one’s Dharma practice.

Other fire pujas can also be performed on request; please inquire.

Blessing and Prayers for Married or Engaged Couples

Please inquire about Khenpo’s availability to bless couples.

House Blessing

Please inquire about Khenpo’s availability to bless your home or property.

Smoke Puja

This is an offering practice of incense and other beautiful substances to the four guests: the gurus and Triple Gem, dharmapalas and dakinis, six classes of sentient beings, and those beings to whom we owe karmic debts. This practice pleases the local deities and has many benefits; it helps bring harmony to the environment and nature, increases auspiciousness, and creates conditions for success.