offerings

2020 Sang Puja, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Gompa

Mar 17, 2020

The last annual puja before Losar was a sang offering based on a text from the Thukdrub Barché Künsel cycle1.  For this puja, the ritual masters gathered all the necessary ingredients for...

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Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers

Oct 1, 2019

Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers can delight, intrigue, and/or confuse newcomers. Here we offer some brief guidelines for the curious...

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Generosity: Practicing the Pāramitās in Daily Life, Part Two

Sep 12, 2019

Generosity practice is the first of the six transcendental perfections, or pāramitās. We practice generosity when we have the intention, and then the confidence to follow through, to give people what they...

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What is Ullambana: The Hungry Ghost Month?

Aug 22, 2019

In Chinese culture, commonly known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, the practice of burning extensive offerings made of joss papers to appease hungry ghosts still exists today. Growing up in Chinese communities,...

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Accumulating Causes for Enlightenment

Feb 9, 2018

In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the essence of our mind is already enlightened. Yet, even though our nature is pure, that does not imply that we then can sit back and do nothing. We need to...

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Feast Offerings: Skillful Means in the Vajrayāna

Jan 22, 2018

Feast offerings are very important in the Vajrayāna tradition. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche describes the meaning and significance of this ritual practice. Additionally, he gives some very practical instruction on how we prepare for a feast...

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All About Water Bowl Offerings

Jul 13, 2017

Water offerings are a tradition was accepted by the masters of the past as a practice unique to Tibet. It is the most common offering of Tibetan...

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Offering Water Bowls as Material Offerings

Jul 7, 2017

Offering water bowls is an easy and pleasurable meritorious activity widely practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. Water's purity gives it great...

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What Is Buddhism?

Jul 6, 2017

In this advice session with students, Phakchok Rinpoche explains that Buddhism encompasses a great deal. "Buddhism is everything!" he...

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Why Light Offerings?

May 3, 2016

Why lights? Light means understanding because light represents wisdom. And light removes and dispels misunderstanding. All of our sufferings come from not knowing and not seeing. Offering lights or butter lamps indirectly removes confusion. Throughout the Buddhist world, in all...

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