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To every buddha, I make offerings:
Of the loveliest flowers, of beautiful garlands,
Of music and perfumed ointments, the best of parasols,
The brightest lamps and finest incense.
Lotsawa House presents the following texts related to the practice of offering (mchod pa):
This unusual text, which the author playfully suggests was requested by a bouquet of flowers, discusses the qualities and benefits of floral offerings. The translation is by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche and Philip Richman.
This brief 'first-portion' offering (phud mchod) to Gesar and his retinue for the sake of prosperity, which Mipham composed in 1872, is said to bring about "the four treasures of longevity, glory, wealth and prosperity," and fulfilment of all wishes and requirements.
Lasel Chenmo, 'The Great Spirit Clearing', is a practice for offering sang (incense smoke) to the nāgas (serpent spirits). It is a terma composed by Padmasambhava and revealed by Karma Chakme. This edition also includes further practices written by Paṇchen Lobzang Chökyi Gyaltsen (1570–1662), Tsasum Terdak Lingpa (1694–1738) and others.
- Divine Blue Water: A Contamination Purifying Smoke Offering by the Great Master Padmasambhava by Padmasambhava
Divine Blue Water (lha chab sngon mo) is a smoke offering (bsang) ritual that functions as a remedy against ritual pollution (grib), specifically the form known as ‘contamination’ (mnol). The text is attributed to Padmasambhava, but was not hidden as a treasure (gter ma); it was painted on the wall at Samye Monastery and it is from there that the textual lineage derives. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche (1904–1987) edited the version published here, which appears in modern editions of the Nyingma Kama.
This practice of eight branches (prostration, taking refuge, offering real and imagined gifts, confession, rejoicing, generating bodhicitta, offering the body, and dedication of merit) derive from the Tantra System Vajrakīlaya (rgyud lugs phur pa), which is part of the Nyingma Kama collection, but appear in other texts, especially empowerment rites.