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Teachings from the Mani Retreat

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Eudlo, Australia December 2000 (Archive # 1261, Last Updated Dec 27, 2012)

Appendix 2: Chenrezig Food Offering

First generate the motivation: “The purpose of my life is to free all sentient beings from all their suffering and its causes and bring them to full enlightenment; therefore, I must achieve enlightenment; therefore, I’m going to practice the yoga of eating, making food offering to the guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and making charity to all sentient beings.”

All the food in the kitchen is purified in emptiness. While it is empty, your wisdom understanding emptiness manifests in the syllable BHRUM, which transforms into an extensive jeweled container, inside of which is an OM. The OM, which symbolizes Buddha’s holy body, speech and mind, melts into light and transforms into numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar.

OM AH HUM (3x)

Offer numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to Hi s Holiness the Dalai Lama, Compassion Buddha in human form, as well as to all the direct and indirect gurus, buddhas, bodhisattvas, arhats, dakas and dakinis, and Dharma protectors. The essence of all of them is your root virtuous friend. The nectar generates infinite bliss within them. Prostrate to all of them with your two palms together.

Offer numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to all the Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha of the ten directions, imagining that their essence is your root virtuous friend. They generate infinite bliss within them. Prostrate to all of them.

Offer numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to all the statues, stupas, scriptures and thangkas in all the universes of the ten directions, imagining that their essence is your root virtuous friend. They generate infinite bliss within them. Prostrate to all of them.

Make charity of numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to every hell being, every hungry ghost, every animal, every human being, every asura being, every sura being, every intermediate state being. They all fully enjoy the nectar and are liberated from all their suffering as well as its causes. They all become enlightened in the aspect of Compassion Buddha.

We have collected limitless skies of merit with our motivation of bodhicitta. We have collected limitless skies of merit by having made offering to Compassion Buddha and the rest of the merit field. We have collected limitless skies of merit by having made offering to all the Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha of the ten directions. We have collected four times limitless skies of merit by having made offering to all the statues, stupas, scriptures and thangkas of the ten directions. We have collected seven times limitless skies of merit by having made charity to all sentient beings. We have also collected so many times limitless skies of merit by having prostrated with our two palms together to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and all the numberless holy objects.

la ma sang gyä la ma chö
de zhin la ma ge dün te
kün gyi je po la ma te
la ma nam la chö par bül

Due to all these merits, and the past and future merits collected by me and all the merits of the three times collected by others, may I, the members of my family, all the students and benefactors of the FPMT, and all other sentient beings never be separated from the guru - Triple Gem, always collect merit by making offerings, and receive the blessings of the guru - Triple Gem, which are all the realizations from guru devotion up to enlightenment, especially bodhicitta and clear light. May all these realizations be actualized within my own mind and in the minds of all sentient beings without even a second’s delay.

Due to all the past, present and future merits collected by me and the merits of the three times collected by others (which are empty), may the I (which is empty) achieve enlightenment (which is empty) and lead all sentient beings (who are empty) to that enlightenment (which is empty) by myself alone (who is also empty).

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