Butterlamp Offerings

“What is the meaning of butterlamp offerings? We do not offer the lamps because enlightened beings need to see them. Rather, the offering of light is a means of dispelling the darkness of our own ignorance, giving rise to clarity and wisdom. We offer them with the wish that their light will illuminate the lower realms and the bardo, relieving the torment of beings who suffer in darkness. We also aspire that all beings will develop greater mental clarity in order to discover the causes of long-lasting happiness in virtuous actions of body, speech, and mind. Finally, we offer them so that the inner light of great knowing will arise in all beings’ minds and remove the darkness of ignorance and intellectual obscurations.”
~Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Butterlamp Offering

Chagdud Rinpoche chanting the Offering Prayer

Butterlamps are offered every day and on sacred days at several centers.  Many sangha members sponsor the offering of butterlamps for friends or relatives who are suffering or facing difficulties as well as for those who have recently passed.

Tsog Offerings

“Tsog means gathering, and the traditional offerings include food, alcohol, flowers, incense, and sources of light such as butterlamps or candles. All of these are offered as wisdom substances, beyond any dualistic concept of the ordinary, beyond attachment and aversion. The experience of the ‘single taste’ of the offering is unsurpassed as a means of pacifying outer and inner obstacles that arise from the grasping tendencies of the ordinary mind.”
~Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Tsog OL

Tsogs are hosted on relevant lunar days at several centers. Sangha members may make offerings to tsog as a way of dedicating merit and participating in tsog from afar.
For Rigdzin Ling, the monthly tsog schedule can be found here.