Practices › Consecration
Courtesy of Himalayan Art Resources
Oṃ! Remain here, one with these images and objects,
Until saṃsāra comes to an end;
Grant us freedom from illness, and grant us long life, power and prosperity, and
Make everything supremely auspicious—we pray!
Lotsawa House presents the following texts related to the practice of consecration (rab gnas):
- Instilling Confidence and Trust: An Inventory of the Sacred Contents of the Jarung Khashor Stūpa by Tulku Rigdzin Pema
Following the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, which severely damaged the Boudha Stūpa, Tulku Rigdzin Pema headed the Stūpa’s restoration. After the completion of his work, Rinpoche wrote this inventory (dkar chag) of the sacred items placed inside the stūpa during its restoration. He also explains how stūpas are filled with relics and the benefits of restoring and worshipping stūpas.
- A Brief Ritual for Consecrating Representations of Enlightened Body, Speech and Mind by Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima
- The Rain of Virtue and Goodness: A Short Practice for Consecrating Representations of Enlightened Body, Speech and Mind by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This popular rite of consecration (rab gnas) includes the standard elements of bathing, drying, and dressing (for which it draws upon the Bodhicaryāvatāra), before inviting the wisdom deities, sealing them within the image, empowerment, opening of the eyes, transformation, offering and praise, and prayers to remain until the very ends of the aeon.