Light Offering Prayers
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A series of 'lamp aspiration prayers' (mar me'i smon lam) to accompany the offering of butter lamps, lights or candles:
This aspiration prayer to accompany the offering of butter-lamps is said to have been recited by Atiśa and his disciples in the shrines they visited throughout the central and southern provinces of Tibet.
This brief prayer of aspiration to accompany the offering of a butter lamp (mar me'i smon lam) is part of the feast offering (tshogs mchod) for the Accomplishing the Land of Great Bliss (bde chen zhing sgrub) cycle of practices based on the original Namchö (gnam chos) revelation of Tertön Mingyur Dorje (1645–1667).
This short light offering prayer (mar me'i smon lam) by Gatön Ngawang Lekpa, which is commonly recited in the Sakya tradition, encourages the practitioner to visualize a lamp that is as vast as the universe and that shines with the light of a billion suns, as the basis for infinite 'offering-clouds'.