Make offerings on your altar. Do "Meditation
on the Buddha" or "Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga,"
inserting the extensive offering practice just before the offering
Generate your motivation: "To
attain enlightenment in order to benefit all my kind mother sentient
beings, I will make these extensive offerings on behalf of all sentient
beings." Or, think that
you and all sentient beings make offerings together.
The Buddha or Lama Tsongkhapa is the central
figure in the field of positive potential. He is surrounded by all
the Buddhas and bodhisattvas. All of them are emanations of the
transcendental wisdom of bliss and emptiness and are the nature
of your root spiritual mentor and the deity. They have the same
essence of blissful, compassionate wisdom, but are given different
labels because they appear in different forms.
You appear as the deity in the nature of
great bliss non-dual with emptiness. Think that each offering --
water bowls, flowers, incense, lights, perfume, food, music, and
so forth, actual offering substances as well as those you visualize
-- is in the nature of great bliss non-dual with emptiness. By thinking
that the nature of the offerings is great bliss, it is easy to feel
that they generate infinite bliss in the holy minds of each figure
in the field of positive potential. You also create more positive
potential by offering pure substances.
Bless the offerings on the altar as well
as other offerings such as your flower garden, forests, parks, lakes,
meadows, and lights -- candlelight, electric lights, and the light
of the sun and moon -- and transform them into the nature of great
bliss and emptiness.
Bless and Offer the Offerings:
Recite the following dharani to bless and
offer the offerings:
Om namo bhagavate bendzay sarwaparma
dana tathagataya arhate samyaksam buddhaya tayata om bendzay bendzay
maha bendzay maha taydza bendzay maha bidya bendzay maha bodhicitta
bendzay maha bodhi mendo pasam kramana bendzay sarwa karma awarana
bisho dana bendzay soha (3
Recite the Prayer of the Power of the Truth:
By the power of the truth of the Three
Jewels, the power of the inspiration of all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas,
the power of the great might of the completed two collections,
and the power of the intrinsically pure and inconceivable sphere
of reality, may (these offerings) become suchness.
Visualize the countless Buddhas in the
ten directions receiving clouds of offerings. Think that the Buddhas
are the embodiment of your spiritual mentor and the deity that you
practice. Offer the offerings placed on your altar as well as skies
filled with beautiful offerings. Think that you generate infinite
bliss in their holy minds by making these offerings.
Sentient beings experience difficulties
because they lack positive potential, which they need to be successful
and happy. By thinking that we give sentient beings things to offer
to the Three Jewels and by making offerings on their behalf, we
create positive potential and dedicate it for their benefit. This
is similar to how the Buddha dedicated positive potential towards
all sentient beings.
Now make charity of all these offerings
to sentient beings. Give them to each hell being, hungry ghost,
animal, human being, demi-god, god, intermediate state being, arhat,
and bodhisattva. In this way, the people starving to death, those
who are homeless or unable to find a job, who have a very hard life
-- they all receive these offerings to give to the Three jewels.
While making offerings, put your palms
together so that you bow to them at the same time. Think that each
pore of each figure in the field of positive potential is itself
a complete field of positive potential. Visualizing in this way,
make offerings to these holy beings.
Offer these extensive offerings to all
your spiritual mentors and to all the holy objects in this country,
and generate great bliss in their holy minds. Visualize giving them
these spectacular offerings many times.
Next offer all these nectars, flowers,
lights and so forth to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, other spiritual
mentors in India, and to all the holy objects in India, including
in Bodhgaya where 1000 Buddhas will descend. Offer to them many
times, not just once.
Offer to all the holy beings and holy objects
in Tibet, including the Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the Lhasa Temple.
Remember to think of them as the nature of great bliss and emptiness,
the nature of your root spiritual mentor and the deity. Offer to
them many times, generating great bliss in their minds.
Make offerings to your spiritual mentors,
holy beings, and holy objects in Nepal, especially the most precious
stupa at Bodhanath. Think of them as above and offer to them many
Offer these pure offerings to all your
spiritual mentors, holy beings, and holy objects in all other Buddhist
countries: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Burma, Taiwan, China, and so forth.
Now offer to your spiritual mentors, holy
beings, and holy objects in Western countries and in the rest of
Make offerings to each and every Buddha,
bodhisattva, arhat, statue, stupa, and scripture in the ten directions
-- to the Three Jewels -- in this universe and beyond. By making
offerings in this way, every time somebody makes more tsa-tsas,
thangkas, statues, pictures or photos of Buddhas, you create much
more positive potential. Offer as many times as possible by thinking
of them as the nature of great bliss and emptiness, the nature of
your root spiritual mentor and the deity, and generate infinite
bliss in their holy minds.
Recite the offering verses 1, 3, or 7 times:
These actually performed and mentally imagined
water bowl offerings, the manifestations of my own innate wisdom
awareness, Dharmakaya, these clouds of offerings equaling the
infinite sky, I offer to all my spiritual mentors and the Three
Jewels, and to the statues, stupas, and scriptures, which are
Due to this positive potential, may whomever
I promised to pray for and whoever prays for me -- principally
friends, benefactors and disciples -- as well as all sentient
beings living and dead, may the rays of the light of the five
wisdoms completely purify all their degenerated vows and commitments
May the sufferings of the lower realms be ceased right now. May
all the three realms of samsara be empty right now. May all impure
minds and their obscurations be purified. May all appearances
be purified. May the five holy bodies and wisdom spontaneously
on the Buddha" or "Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga,"
and then dedicate:
Due to having made these extensive offerings
to all holy beings and holy objects, may I, my family members,
and all the students and benefactors, especially those who dedicate
their lives for others and those who offer service at this abbey,
monastery, or Dharma center, and all other sentient beings be
able to actualize completely the pure teachings of the Buddha
and of Lama Tsongkhapa. May we live in pure morality and courageously
engage in extensive bodhisattva deeds and the yoga of the two
stages, in order to actualize the transcendental wisdom of non-dual
bliss and emptiness.