Practices › Offering
Courtesy of Himalayan Art Resources
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 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
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 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 popular white sur offering, in which one visualizes oneself as Khasarpaṇi and presents burnt offerings to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, gurus, deities, goddesses, protectors, and spirits and to all sentient beings.
- Freedom from All Adversity: A Sur Offering to Harmful Influences, Obstacle-Makers and Elemental Spirits by Mipham Rinpoche