Nov 07 2020


12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Khentrul Rinpoche


Tibetan Buddhist Rime Institute


Dzokden Learning Center

This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to practice pujas to generate vast amounts of merit and purification. In Vajrayana there are many types of burnt offering pujas that utilize fire. They can be sorted into 3 main categories, Sur (smell offering), Sang Chö (smoke offering) and Jinsek (fire offering).

All of these practices have incredibly profound meaning at their core which creates the conditions for the accumulation of both merit and wisdom simultaneously. While each practice invites the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, dharma protectors, local deities, beings of the 6 realms amongst all others to the practice, they have different focuses for the karma they are working with. 

Khentrul Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach us about these three types of burnt offerings. He has composed and arranged compositions of these pujas that a student can do in a less complicated form at home after this workshop.  

Sur Dotgu Kuntsol –  The Gift of all needs

The Sur is a smell offering that uses fire to burn a collection of offerings to create a sent offering. The main focus is all the bardo beings, hungry ghosts,  whoever has incredible suffering,  and whomever we have a karmic debt  to.  This is commonly used as an offering to purify our own and our ancestors karmic debt for the benefit of all sentient beings. 

Sang Chodtrun Gyatso – The Ocean of offerings

While this one invites all the buddha, bodhisattvas and deities the main emphasis is on the local deities and dharma protectors. The sang chö (smoke) offering helps to clear karmic obstacles  in our samsaric life in to have a precious human birth to practice dharma.

Jinsek Dropan Gyatso  – The Ocean of Benefits 

There are many types of Jinsek but they all focus on purification. There is  extensive offering with many different substance made into fire that are each linked to creating different beneficial results. This creates the condition to purify anybody’s negative karma and their body.

100 Million Merit-Multiplying Day 

These meritorious offering pujas and teachings fall on Lhabab Duchen, the auspicious day when Buddha Shakyamuni descended to Earth from the God Realm of the Thirty-Three after teaching Dharma to the gods, and his mother, Mayadevi. As a merit multiplying day, the karmic results of actions done on this day are multiplied 100 million times for the benefit of all sentient beings. Since all of these pujas help to purify and clear different types of obstacles and karmic conditions, the three combined on this day are incredibly powerful.

Why make financial offerings for a Puja?

Many people enjoy watching various Pujas online performed by Lamas believing they are receiving a huge benefit. It is also common in the West for people to ask a lama to pray for them without making any offering or having a personal connection. While as one of all sentient being you are connected to the results of the Puja made for the benefit of all sentient being, the karmic connection is incredibly weak and therefore so is the result. Normally during certain times in one’s life when a Puja are prayers are required to clear various karmic debts, obstacles, or karmically based illness, it is customary to make financial offerings to the Lama for prayers and Pujas. This create a stronger Karmic connection to the Puja which creates a stronger karmic result.

Practical Teaching Includes:

  • Teaching on the different types of fire Pujas Sur, Sang Chö and Jinsek
  • Demonstration of how to do each type of Puja
  • Instructions and prayers so you can practice them yourself
  • Merit-multiplied 100 millions times on this auspicious day

There will be opportunity for questions and sharing throughout the day. 

Rinpoche will be teaching in English.

Languages yet to be determined.

How does the Online Course Work?

After you register prior to the online course, you will be sent an email containing all of the information to login and follow along.

  • The course will be held through Zoom. In order to access the sessions you need to download the Zoom App onto the device through which you want to join.
  • We will provide you with the Zoom link (as well as Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) created by Dzokden. You will need this link (or alternatively Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) to access the online sessions.
  • The Zoom link (as well as Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) will be provided at the latest two days before the online event in your email as well as in the Dzokden learning center.

Access to Video Materials Afterwards

The retreat access and all the prayers will be provide for you in Dzokden’s new online learning center. We encourage everyone to connect to the live streamed retreat in real time but if that is not possible, you can still login to the learning center after the retreat and access all of the retreat content. This retreat material will be put up in the learning center as soon possible after each class. Oral transmissions need to be received in real time. 

Offerings for the Teachings 

To accomodate students from various countries, we have made a tiered suggested offering schedule. This is based on the very different costs of living for students around the world. We ask you choose the one appropriate for where you live. Full refunds will be given for cancellation requests up to 48 hours in advance of the event. If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend this program, we will make every effort to make attendance possible. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Monastics please email in for attendance to [email protected] 


This has yet to be finalized. Please note these need to be done outdoors in specific environments. These teachings will be during daylight hours in the Hong Kong timezone.

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Saturday, November 7
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Jinsek
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sang
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Sur
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Saturday, November 7
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Jinsek
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Sang
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Sur
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Saturday, November 7
3:00 am – 5:00 am Jinsek
5:00 am – 6:30 am Sang
7:30 am – 9:30 pm Sur
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Friday, November 6
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Jinsek
12:00 pm – 12:30 am Sang
Saturday, November 7
1:30 am – 3:30 am Sur
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Friday, November 6
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Jinsek
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Sang
10:30 pm – 0:30 am Sur