Short Maṇḍala Offering

Maṇḍala Offering | Tibetan MastersJetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen | Tibetan MastersChögyal Pakpa Lodrö Gyaltsen

English | བོད་ཡིག

Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen

Mount Meru and the four continents

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༄༅། །མཎྜལ་ཚོམ་བུ་བདུན་པ་བཞུགས།

Short Maṇḍala Offering

by Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen1

ས་གཞི་སྤོས་ཆུས་བྱུགས་ཤིང་མེ་ཏོག་བཀྲམ། །

sa shyi pö chü juk shing métok tram

The ground is purified with scented water and strewn with flowers.

རི་རབ་གླིང་བཞི་ཉི་ཟླས་བརྒྱན་པ་འདི། །

rirap ling shyi nyi dé gyenpa di

It is adorned with Sumeru, the king of mountains, the four quarters of the universe, and the sun and the moon;

སངས་རྒྱས་ཞིང་དུ་དམིགས་ཏེ་ཕུལ་བ་ཡིས། །

sangyé shying du mik té pulwa yi

Thinking of it as the blessed buddha-fields, I offer it.

འགྲོ་ཀུན་རྣམ་དག་ཞིང་ལ་སྤྱོད་པར་ཤོག །

dro kun namdak shying la chöpar shok

By virtue of this offering, may all beings here and now attain the happiness of that pure land!

ཏྲཾ་གུ་རུ་རཏྣ་མཎྜལ་པཱུ་ཛ་མེ་གྷ་ས་མུ་དྲ་ས་པ་ར་ན་ས་མ་ཡེ་ཨཱཿཧཱུྃ།

tram guru ratna mandala pudza megha samudra saparana samayé ah hung

tram guru-ratna-maṇḍala-pūjā-megha-samudra-spharaṇa-samaye āḥ hūṃ

  1. The authorship of this famous offering prayer is unclear, and it is likely that it predates Drakpa Gyalsen (1147–1216). Still, the earliest available version, which differs slightly from the one presented here, is to be found in his consecration manual, Arga'i cho ga dang rab tu gnas pa don gsal. See Sa skya bka' 'bum (Dehra Dun: Sakya Center), 15 volumes, vol. 9, 22a.3: sa gzhi spos kyis byugs shing me tog gtor/ ri rab gling bzhis legs par brgyan pa 'di/ sangs rgyas zhing du dmigs shing phul ba yis/ 'gro rnams rnam dag zhing la spyod par shog/ Others have claimed that these four lines were composed by King Trisong Detsen, Pakpa Lodrö Gyaltsen, the author of the 37 Point Maṇḍala Offering, or spoken by the legendary Dharmodgata (chos 'phags) in response to requests made by the bodhisattva Sadāprarudita (rtag tu ngu), whose story of extraordinary self-sacrifice is told in the Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.