Those who offer one thousand lights will be reborn when Maitreya Buddha shows the deed of gaining Enlightenment and receive his first Dharma teaching.
Arya Maitreya Sutra
The four most important events of Shakyamuni Buddha's life are honoured every year in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition:
Our next festival will be 15 Days of Miracles – 17 Feb to 12 Mar 2017, the most holy day being the 12th
The Festival of Lights and Merit (FLAM) is held each time at the Mahabodhi Stupa. FLAM is a spiritual festival that allows people from around the world to sponsor lights, pujas and prayer flags. The names and dedications of all those who sponsor are read aloud each evening during the sponsored festival.
Tens of thousands of electrical light offerings create the illusion of a starry sky surrounding the Stupa itself, a beautiful and inspiring sight. Together with the thousands of electrical lights at Root institute, these lights are offered and dedicated each evening by Root Institute on behalf of sponsors.
Three specific pujas are specially arranged – Tara Puja, Protector Puja and Guru Puja – with monks from the Bodhgaya branch of Namgyal Monastery.
Traditional Tibetan Prayer Flags are blessed, raised beside the Mahabodhi Stupa and dedicated on behalf of sponsors. The blessings of which are spread across the Stupa grounds and inner Bodhgaya city.
All of the offerings will also be dedicated for:
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised Root Institute that each single recitation of the actual light offering prayer is equivalent to the number of lights offered. Therefore, on one night during the 15 Days of Miracles, if 100,000 lights are offered by 10 students, according to Rinpoche’s advice, one million lights would be offered on that night alone!
Sponsorship of FLAM also helps the Root Institute family: