The Guru Puja (in Sanskrit; Lama Ciopa in Tibetan) is something extraordinary for Buddhist practitioners. It is the blending of teachings from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions that shows how to integrate the practices of lamrim, lojong and mahamudra and helps us meditate on the three main Yidam of the Gelupa school: Yamantaka, Guyasamaja and Heruka. By practicing the Guru Puja, one upholds all of the commitments undertaken during tantric initiations. The traditions of Tibetan Buddhism consider two types of meditation: silent and in movement. The Guru Puja is considered a meditation in movement because of the importance of the rhythm of the breathing. By practicing it, in fact, we learn how to keep our breathing under control and by so doing, increase our vital energy and harmonize our own individual breath with that of the cosmos.
In addition, we purify astrological interferences; pacify those devastating internal tsunamis represented by our emotional earthquakes; solidify and maintain a pure relationship with our Guru; accumulate an incredible quantity of merits and prepare ourselves to obtain the highest spiritual realizations. To pacify the world’s violence and contribute to peace, Lama Gangchen has asked all of his disciples to make an effort to practice the Guru Puja regularly: since September 11, 2001 the Guru Puja is celebrated daily at the Albagnano Healing Meditation Center of Verbania.
(excerpt from “Guru Puja” Ed. L.G. Peace Publications 2004)