At Pema Osel Ling, we do puja (practice) every day of the year as a group, during which we make the beautiful and vast offerings of lights and tsok. In the Dudjom Tersar tradition, we practice to purify obscurations and accumulate vast merit using the skilful means of wisdom deity practice. This has the power to bless and transform our dualistic confusion into pristine awareness, the nature of our mind. Making offerings of lights and tsok creates an auspicious connection with the blessings of the lineage and generates positive virtue in general.
With regard to puja, we follow the lunar calendar and on the specifically powerful monthly days for practice we do the following sadhanas: 10th Day (Guru Rinpoche Day) – Lake Born Vajra; 25th Day (Dakini Day) – Khandro Thukthik or Throma Nagmo and on the moon days (New, 8th waxing Moon Day and Full) we do Buddha Puja and Shower of Blessings. On all other days we rotate the following pujas: Dorsem Lama Chopa, Throma Nagmo, Buddha Puja and Shower of Blessings, Vajrakilaya, Lake Born Vajra, Khandro Thukthik and Dorje Drolod.
The monthly puja schedule can be accessed as a PDF on the homepage.
You can make offerings on any day of the year on behalf of yourself and also others. We are happy to read a short dedication, your name and/or the name(s) of your loved one(s) during puja. We can also send a card to the person or family for whom you are dedicating puja (one card per sponsor).
Scroll down to read more about the meaning of the offering of tsok and butter lamps.
How to make offerings
Tsok and/or butterlamps can be sponsored in the following ways:
Click on the buttons below to donate through PayPal for a specific item or date, or mail a check made out to Vajrayana Foundation and send to 2013 Eureka Canyon Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 (please put puja sponsorship detail in memo section).
Specify puja date and dedication upon payment.
About the Offering of Tsok and Butterlamps
The Offering of Tsok
"Tsok is a gathering together of many elements; it is a gathering of yogis and yoginis who share pure samaya; it is a gathering of the samaya substances of food and drink representing skillful means and wisdom; it is a gathering of the wisdom-being guests, such as the Three Roots (lama, yidam, and dakini); and it is a gathering for the accumulation of merit and wisdom. According to Vajrayana, tsok is the most profound method of accumulating merit and wisdom, its special qualities that make one moment of tsok practice equal to eons of confessing downfalls in our samaya; of liberating obstacles, and of fulfilling the wisdom minds of the lama, yidams, dakinis and dharmapalas.
"Through the offering of tsok, the six guests are pleased; the root and lineage lamas are pleased by our understanding of the perfect view; the yidams are pleased by our samadhi; the dakinis and dharmapalas are pleased by pure samaya; the practitioners are pleased by the enjoyable qualities of food and drink; the invited guests, the outer and inner local protectors who have taken a vow to protect the dharma, are pleased by the remainder offering; the dakinis of the twenty-one and thirty-two sacred places are pleased by the singing of the Vajra song."
- Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
The Offering of Butter Lamps
“Offering butter lamps is the most powerful offering because their light symbolizes wisdom. Just as a lamp dispels darkness, offering light from a butter lamp represents removing the darkness of ignorance in order to attain Buddha’s luminous clear wisdom. The lamp offering is a sense offering to the Buddha’s eyes. Because Buddha’s eyes are wisdom eyes, they do not have the extremes of clarity or non-clarity. Our ordinary eyes, however, are obscured by the darkness of the two defilements – gross afflictive emotional defilements and subtle habitual defilements. While the Buddha does not have desire for offerings, we make offerings for the purpose of our own accumulation of merit and wisdom. Through the power of this accumulation, we can remove the cataracts of our ignorance eyes in order to gain Buddha’s supreme luminous wisdom eyes.
"When we offer light, the results are the realization of Clear Light wisdom phenomena in this life; the clarification of dualistic mind and the dispersal of confusion and realization of Clear Light in the bardo; and the increase of wisdom in each lifetime until one has reached enlightenment.
"Traditionally, butter lamps are also offered as a dedication to the dead in order to guide them through the bardo by wisdom light. We can pray as well that this light guide all beings of the six realms, removing their obscurations so that they may awaken to their true wisdom nature. With genuine faith and devotion, visualize that with your offerings, countless offering goddesses offer immeasurable light to all enlightened beings."
- Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
Lamps can be sponsored on any day of the year and bring particular benefit for those who have passed away by connecting them to wisdom energy.
Click here for a light offering prayer.