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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):
Eight Auspicious Substances
This brief liturgy for offering the eight auspicious substances (bkra shis rdzas brgyad) and seven emblems of royalty (rgyal srid sna bdun) is often recited as part of consecration and longevity rites.
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.
Garland of Offerings
- The Offering Clouds of the Indestructible Ladies of Sound: Concise Garland of Offerings of the Sixteen Vajra Goddesses by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This concise offering practice in just four verses is a supplementary text for the guru practice of the Longchen Nyingtik.
This offering prayer, a mind-treasure presented to Jigme Lingpa by the goddess Sarasvatī, abounds with Indian cultural references and features sixteen goddesses who offer symbolic gifts, including the sounds of various musical instruments.
Offering to Nāgas
An offering to the nāgas, especially Śaṅkhapāla ('Conch Protector'), king of nāgas, with a request for protection of Gangtok and the 'hidden land' of Sikkim.
It is said that Chögyal Pakpa composed these famous verses of inner offering known as Töpa Gyatsoma (thos pa rgya mtsho ma) following a vision of Sakya Paṇḍita.
This poetic offering is one of a series of related 'offering garland' (mchod phreng) texts that Mipham composed, all with titles based on the fabled cintāmaṇi, or wish-granting gem.
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.
A practice of white and red Sur (gsur), or 'burnt offering', revealed by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa.
A short practice for presenting red sur (dmar gsur) or burnt offerings for those who crave flesh and blood, including the various types of spirit and demon who obstruct virtuous practice.
A simple practice of sur (gsur) offering to the four types of guest: those invited out of respect, those invited on account of their qualities, those invited out of compassion, and those to whom we owe karmic debts.
A very short practice of giving sur (burnt offerings) to potentially harmful spirits, who have arisen through the conceit of self-grasping, and compelling them to depart.
- Freedom from All Adversity: A Sur Offering to Harmful Influences, Obstacle-Makers and Elemental Spirits by Mipham Rinpoche
A popular sur text, for dedicating burnt offerings to spirits and obstacle-makers in order to eliminate adversity, which Mipham composed following a dream.
The single verse to be recited when offering bowls of water was spoken by the ḍākinī Sukhāsiddhī to the treasure-revealer Dudjom Lingpa during a dream.