Offer ALL the Lights
“If we want to develop Dharma wisdom, then offer light.”
So said Lama Zopa Rinpoche during a teaching in Singapore in 2013. What are the results of offering lights? Rinpoche explained, “It is mentioned that if we make offerings of light or incense, do prostrations and so forth, we collect numberless great merits … By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. By offering light, you are never in darkness while you are circling in samsara. There will always be light. And offering light just one time to Buddha creates the karma to have great wealth for many hundreds or thousands of lifetimes … [We also attain] a higher rebirth, in a pure land. We quickly achieve nirvana, and not only nirvana but also the great nirvana, enlightenment. These are the benefits of offering light.”
Rinpoche also made clear that all lights can be offered. “Many people might think if you are offering light, it should be just a butter lamp, a candle or an oil lamp. Thinking that you can’t offer the other lights in the house, for example, electric lights, is a very limited idea. Thinking that you can only offer candles is wrong. Whatever light is more clear and dispels darkness, that is the better light, so you can offer all the lights in the house.”
Read Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching on light offerings in The Benefits of Making Offerings in the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive:
Learn more about how to make light offerings and other offerings in the book Extensive Offering Practices by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, available in The Foundation Store:
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.