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Lama Zopa Rinpche in a park in Leeds offering all the flowers to the "gurus and buddhas, statutes, stupas and scriptures, etc. etc.," according to Ven. Roger Kunsang, UK, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpche in a park in Leeds offering all the flowers to the “gurus and buddhas, statutes, stupas and scriptures, etc. etc.,” according to Ven. Roger Kunsang, UK, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

“Offering one tiny flower to a statue or picture of Buddha receives immeasurable, limitless, merit,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised. “All the paths to happiness result from that. With just one grain of rice or one tiny flower, you can enter the path and achieve total enlightenment — the completion of all good qualities.

“After achieving enlightenment, you can liberate so many sentient beings from so much suffering and samsara and bring them to enlightenment. This is the result of offering one tiny flower. Each offering has all this benefit — like putting money in the bank. One dollar equals one billion trillion dollars in interest. This is an amazing benefit. It is important to remember this every day and offer as much as possible. If you see a beautiful flower, you visualize offering it to the guru and Buddha. The result and benefit is incredible. You can offer every single flower in a garden — the merit received is mind-blowing.

“This is how you use your precious human life, which is extremely rare and hard to find. Every time you see an object, use it to become closer to liberation and enlightenment. Many times each day, use your precious human rebirth to bring you closer and closer to liberation and enlightenment and thus to enlighten all sentient beings.”

Read more advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on making offerings, on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.

 

 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche returning to Kachoe Dechen Ling after shopping for flower offerings, California, US. May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche returning to Kachoe Dechen Ling after shopping for flower offerings, California, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled to Kachoe Dechen Ling, his home in California, following the successful Light of the Path retreat. Within a week of returning, Rinpoche had gone flower shopping twice in order to have many beautiful flowers for offerings. Kachoe Dechen Ling is full of holy objects and extensive offerings, which are overseen by Rinpoche and made and maintained year round by the Sangha that live there. 

Rinpoche has given much advice on making offerings, many of which can be found on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive page “Offering Practices.”

Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.

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Flower offering at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Flower offering at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

“… Once you have understood that wealth is like dew on the tip of a blade of grass 
And that your friends, body and life are like a bubble, 
Then you must engage in virtues such as making offerings to the Rare Sublime Ones while looking at them as the Guru 
And extract the essence from your essenceless body and wealth. …”

– From “Verses to Inspire Offerings” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The verses are also available as a frameable card from the FPMT Foundation Store.

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.

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There are many beautiful flowers in Rinpoche’s garden. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is well known for his extensive and beautiful offerings. The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund sponsors Sangha to make thousands of light and water offerings daily in Rinpoche’s residences in the United States. Sangha offer extensive prayers for the entire FPMT organization and all its projects, students and benefactors as well  as all sentient beings.  Gorgeous flowers adorn Rinpoche’s garden– an offering for all. You can enjoy an entire photo gallery devoted to this. Here we include a few of these photos. Please rejoice in these beautiful and abundant offerings!

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Daily offerings are made this the Medicine Buddha altar at Rinpoche’s California residence.

 

We are not aware of the limitless skies of benefits we achieve from the practice of offering, what we can achieve and enjoy from life to life. Even while you are in samsara, you enjoy good rebirths, wealth, and every happiness. Even just the samsaric perfections are amazing, without adding all those incredible realizations that allow us to offer deep benefit to sentient beings, liberating them from oceans of samsaric suffering and its cause, delusion and karma.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche (from Extensive Offerings, published by FPMT Education Services)

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Rinpoche’s garden is full of beautiful flowers, an offering for all. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

You are welcome to donate any amount toward these ongoing extensive offerings.

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Most precious self-emanating statue of Chenrezig said to be the actual deity itself in Phakpa, Garsha Khandroling, India.

In July 2013 Lama Zopa Rinpoche engaged in retreat with Khadro-la and Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche in the valley of Lahual, India, which is known by meditators as Garsha Khandroling, “Land of the Dakinis.”

 The retreat took place in one of the holy places in Garsha, Phakpa (or Triloknath), a small village with an ancient temple that houses a self-emanating statue of Chenrezig said to be the actual deity itself.

Care taker, Lama Rinchen Dorje

The incredible butter lamp offered to Chenrezig, will have light for all time.

During the retreat Rinpoche sponsored one year of butter for the giant silver butter lamp which is in front of this extremely precious statue of Chenrezig. The cost of a year of butter for the light offering is US$430 a year. In fact, Rinpoche has committed to offer light to this statue for as long as the statue exists.

Rinpoche made the prayer when offering the butter light: ”I am offering this on behalf of all the six-realm sentient beings, all the animals, birds, fish, cockroaches, ants, every bat, every tiny insect that jumps up when you walk in the grass, every single crab, every spider, every butterfly and all the numberless animals and numberless beings in each of the six realms (hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals human beings, sura, asuras and intermediate state beings).” So this offering became an offering from all of these beings as well.

If you would like to contribute to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s extensive offerings to holy objects around the world, you may donate any amount to the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

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We are not aware of the limitless skies of benefits we achieve from the practice of offering, what we can achieve and enjoy from life to life. Even while you are in samsara, you enjoy good rebirths, wealth, and every happiness. Even just the samsaric perfections are amazing, without adding all those incredible realizations that allow us to offer deep benefit to sentient beings, liberating them from oceans of samsaric suffering and its cause, delusion and karma.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche (from Extensive Offerings, published by FPMT Education Services)

Light Offering Prayer

Composed by Lama Atisha

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May the light of the lamp be equal to the great three thousand
worlds and their environments,
May the wick of the lamp be equal to the king of mountains –
Mount Meru.
May the butter be equal to the infinite ocean.
May there be billions of trillions of lamps in the presence of each
and every buddha.
May the light illuminate the darkness of ignorance of all sentient beings
From the peak of samsara down to the most torturous hell,
Whereby they can see directly and clearly all the ten directions’ Buddhas
and bodhisattvas and their pure lands.

OM VAJRA ALOKE AH HUM E MA HO

I offer these beautifully exalted clear and luminous lights
To the thousand buddhas of the fortunate eon,
To all the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the infinite pure lands
and of the ten directions,
To all the gurus, meditation deities, dakas, dakinis, dharma protectors,
and the assembly of deities of all mandalas.

From “Extensive Offering Practice,” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Available
through the FPMT Foundation Store.

 

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