Beginning my Day

I always begin my day with a prayer of offering to the Buddhas by Dudjom Lingpa, called the Stanza of Offering, which goes:

“Offering a lake of nectar posessing the eight qualities of pure water to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, by acceptance of this offering may I and all sentient beings accumulate merit and wisdom, purify obscurations and liberate all beings.”

The eight outer offerings

This prayer is traditionally said in the morning when opening one’s shrine by setting out the eight outer offerings. In ancient India it was the custom to greet visitors by offering water for drinking, water for cleansing the hands and the feet, flowers, incense, a lamp or light, perfumed or scented water, food and music. Since this is not a custom that we follow in the modern world, I try to think of the meaning behind this ritual. For example when I have someone special visit me I make an effort to greet them, welcome them, make them comfortable, etc.

In the same way when I invite the Buddha into my life each morning I can express my appreciation and gratitude. It is said that the Buddha is there the moment we think of him. One could ask “How can Buddha be there? Isn’t Buddhanature beyond existence and non-existence? What is the point of seeing the Buddha as someone we make offering to?” True, the nature of the universe is inconceivable. We cannot truly fathom how the Buddha is, but we need a way to relate to this truth, and so we need to approximate it and make it real in a way that we can comprehend. When I say this prayer I renew my connection with Buddha who symbolizes what I believe to be true and worthy of striving towards in my life and I try to make a deep meaningful and personal connection with this truth and bring it alive in my being so it can guide and inspire my day.

For me it is like saying: “Good morning, please come into my life, bless my day and guide me to make it meaningful and constructive.”

This entry was posted in 02 Opening the shrine, Offering, Prayer, zz Dudjom Lingpa and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Beginning my Day

  1. varuni chaudhary says:

    i really like the simple things that you write about ur morning prayer help bring the buddha closer

  2. Edith says:

    Thank you for this. I am slowly learning to appreciate the intent behind the creation of altars for the Buddha. Still I would love to learn more about this!

  3. Bernie says:

    You are welcome. Did you click on the links in the post? They will lead you to a little bit more explanation. If I come across more info on the web I will post links here. Cheers Bernie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *