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Dzamling Chisang: World Sang Offering

Dzamling Chisang, or World Sang Day, commemorates Guru Rinpoche’s subjugation of the local deities and the founding of the Samye Monastery in Tibet. Customarily Himalayan communities recall this event on the fifteenth day of the fifth Tibetan month. On this day, monastic and lay Vajrayana practitioners gather on hilltops to make extensive and joyful offerings of sang to local deities and earth spirits, Samye Institute encourages everyone to offer sang today in their own homes or practice centers. At this time we can also set our intentions and make aspirations of auspiciousness.

To learn more about how to practice Sang offering and to find support for your Sang practice, check out our explanation here. And to deepen your understanding of the practice, you may wish to join our Concise Sang Offering course. If you’re looking for authentic Sang incense or traditional Sang offering vessels, produced in accord with the texts, you can find them in the Akara Collection.

1 responses on "Dzamling Chisang: World Sang Offering"

  1. Sang offering has such a positive effect on my local wildlife, perhaps it can help the locals also. Thank you for the inspiration .

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.