Sang Pūjā: Vajrayāna Offering Practice
For those unfamiliar with the practice, you can click here to read an introductory article about Sang pūjā from our wisdom blog.
Cleansing Offering (sang) according to the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel
Accomplishing the Guru’s Wisdom Mind, Dispeller of All Obstacles
In the Tibetan language, the text is titled:
Thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel gyi bsangs mchod mdor bsdus bzhugs so
The Great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, last of the 108 great tertöns, revealed this treasure text (terma).
The terma clearly states the benefits of the practice:
If you perform this daily and in particular to arrange auspicious circumstances
When beginning important dharma and secular activities
All downfalls, veils, and discordant factors will be pacified.
Conducive circumstances and excellence will effortlessly increase.
Harvests will be plentiful, livestock thrive, and family lines flourish.
The dharma lineage will remain long and be uplifted.
The excellence of the vessel and contents will be magnetized,
and there will be an abundance of auspiciousness, bliss, and excellence.
Ultimately, by perfecting the accumulation of merit
supreme wisdom will arise effortlessly.
Therefore, this profound instruction
should be cherished in common by all
This Concise Cleansing Offering (Sang) support program offers video and audio teachings on the practice of making fragrant smoke offerings.
Here you will find explanations of the meaning and key points to recall as you practice. Additionally, video and audio segments guide you through the Concise Cleansing Offering (Sang) practice. As you follow along you may learn the correct tunes and observe the timing for making offerings. We show several different types of ritual performances. In one video, Phakchok Rinpoche performs a sang offering with a large group. In this way, we can see learn how to perform sang in a retreat setting. Also, we offer recordings of the practice in Tibetan and in English so that you may follow along with the text. We recommend that you watch and listen to these repeatedly so that you develop familiarity with the text. You may wish to alternate between the two languages to develop an understanding of the meaning.
Advice on Practice
This is a beautiful and profound practice. Because it’s is so deep, please be kind to yourself. We encourage you to remember that it always takes some time to develop a full understanding. Most of all, we can understand the practice as an offering to the three jewels and to all the classes of sentient beings. However, it is not necessary to know all the details immediately. Practice means gaining familiarity and creating a pattern. And as you continue practicing, the subtle elements of the practice will naturally become clearer. In addition, we encourage you to use the student forum to pose questions.