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Visualize the food or beverage as blissful wisdom nectar inside a vast jeweled vessel and offer this to a small Guru Śākyamuni Buddha visualized at your heart chakra with any or all three of the verses below.
As you eat or drink, imagine that Guru Śākyamuni Buddha, who embodies the Three Rare Sublime Ones, experiences bliss due to the nectar that you have offered. He radiates light, which fills your entire body.
Offering to the Gurus
la ma sang gyä la ma chhö De zhin la ma gen Dün Te Kün gyi je po la ma yin
la ma nam la chhö par bül
The Guru is Buddha. The Guru is Dharma. The Guru is also Saṅgha.
The Guru is the creator of all [happiness].
To all the gurus, I make this offering.
Offering to the Three Rare Sublime Ones
Tön pa la me sang gyä rin po chhe
Kyob pa la me Dam chhö rin po chhe Dren pa la me gen Dün rin po chhe
Kyab nä Kön chhog sum la chhö par bül
The supreme teacher, the precious Buddha;
The supreme refuge, the precious Dharma;
The supreme guides, the precious Saṅgha:
To the Three Rare Sublime Ones, the objects of refuge,
I make this offering.
Dag sog Khor chä Tshe rab Tham chä Du
Kön chhog sum Dang nam yang mi Dräl zhing Kön chhog sum po gyün Du chhö pa la
Kön chhog sum gyi jin lab jug par shog
May we and those around us, in all our lives,
Never be separated from the Three Rare Sublime Ones, Continuously make offerings to the Three Rare Sublime Ones,
And receive the blessings of the Three Rare Sublime Ones.
“We always believe the external conditions around us are the principal cause of happiness or the principal cause of suffering. For instance, when a person makes us angry, we absolutely believe that they are the cause of our anger, that they are the principal cause of our anger. We absolutely believe that they are the real enemy. This is our nature, this is our experience. If we check up, when we try to remember our past experiences it is clear, it is true…
Then instead of trying to change our own mind, we are only trying to change the other person or harm them by killing, by destroying them.
If the other person is the principal cause of suffering, the unhappiness, then that person should be always our enemy, they have to always be our enemy in all our lifetimes. There would not be any change. Also they would be same to other people; they would always be enemy to other people. But that does not happen; that does not happen. The person definitely changes after certain years, in a month, in a week, in a day. In this life or in the future lifetimes, the person definitely changes, they do not always have the same personality.
You know, the person is not always seen by other people as enemy. Depending on their actions, what they do, they become friends or they become enemies. Depending on their actions, what they do to us, they are called enemy or friend by the mind, by our own mind. It changes by those actions which we like or which we don't like.
Now we can see so clearly in this way, with these reasons, that they are not the principal cause of our anger, they are not the principal cause of our unhappiness. The principal cause of our unhappiness, our anger, is our own discriminating mind, which discriminates different actions that are done.
So you see the whole thing depends on the projection of our mind. Same thing, if we really think clearly in this way, it’s like a film machine projecting the pictures out there on the wall. If we really think clearly, this is very important.”
Any sentient being who, during the period of my teachings,
Makes charity well (even if the material is the size of a hair)
For 80,000 eons there will be great results of great enjoyment:
No pain, no disease, and enjoyment of happiness.
Like that, one will be enriched with the desirable things.
At the end, you can actually achieve the result—the peerless cessation and completion (enlightenment).
During the time when the Buddha’s teachings are still in this world, if you give charity the size of a hair to somebody, then for 80,000 eons you will have unbelievable, unbelievable wealth and success from life to life. That is unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, and the conclusion is that it leads to enlightenment.
So, every day live your life like that. It is so important. It doesn’t mean giving something very expensive. You can give any help to others with your body, speech and mind. This is always good and it causes unbelievable, unbelievable success from life to life. Whatever you think of will happen and there will even be success for things you haven’t thought of.
Normally, worldly business people think that the best way to invest is by doing business. But that is only certain when you make a profit. Until then, it’s uncertain. My own feeling is the most reliable investment is to offer money to monasteries and offer charity to sentient beings. This way, even though the result of the investment, the income, doesn’t appear right now, it is one hundred percent certain that it will be received in the near future.
The result of karma is that not only do you receive the income back, but the result manifests in various forms, various instances of happiness. The karmic result is so much more than the profit you would get from business. The result of karma is expandable, not just in one lifetime, but hundreds of thousands of lifetimes, and can also expand up to enlightenment.
This way, there is no loss at all. . .I am not saying that you can’t use money for business purposes, what I am saying is in regards to safety and unimaginable profit.”