You may wish to sponsor a stupa on behalf of a family member or friend who has passed away. Please bear in mind that you do not have to wait for someone to pass away to sponsor a Kadampa Stupa for them or yourself, it is possible to reserve a stupa in advance. We will place a plaque in front of a stupa, noting that the stupa is reserved with the requested name.
What is the Jangwa Ritual that must be performed prior to ashes going in the Stupa?
Each year a Medicine Buddha jang.wa is performed by a qualified master. It is a purification for both the living and the deceased. It can be done for both recently deceased or those who passed away some time ago.
When performed for the deceased, the ceremony purifies the negative karma and transfers their consciousness to a pure land. It can liberate beings from the lower realms and also benefit those who have died recently and are still in the intermediate state on their way to a lower rebirth, by changing their rebirth to the human realm or a pure land, so that they have a chance once again to meet the Dharma and meet a fully qualified virtuous friend.
Dedicating the positive energy created can liberate the deceased from the suffering lower realms, create the cause for them to receive a perfect human rebirth and quickly meet perfectly qualified spiritual teachers, and through these teachers, meet the unmistaken pure Dharma and thus quickly achieve full enlightenment. In this way, enormous benefit will accrue to those who have passed away as well as those who have had the vision and generosity to care for them in this way.