padma norbu wrote:
Was doing my routine the other day and it occurred to me not for the first time, but perhaps more strongly than before, that the offering of water bowls to Buddhas really makes no literal sense from a dzogchen perspective. So, I tried to make symbolic sense of it:
"This pool of nectar endowed with eight qualities is offered to the transcendent accomplished conquerors and their retinues. May they accept this so that I and all sentient beings may perfect the accumulations and purify obscurations so that cyclic existence is dredged from its depths."
I guess it is just like a mandala offering; ie. all things are illusory including the best things represented by the nectar and so we offer them as if offering the whole world, really, in exchange for liberation and the genuine wish for liberation of all beings. The offering isn't a real currency exchange in any sense, but is only a technique to change your mind if you happen to do it with genuine intention rather than rattling it off quickly by rote just because someone told you to.
Is this it? I know it's not much of a topic for the Dzogchen forums, but the whole point is I'm considering it from this perspective.
The mind can never be changed into the natural state because the natural state is already existent within the mind, unborn and undying. It has never entered causality and therefore is not subject to causes or effects. So from a Dzogchen point of view the only thing to do, whether you are making offerings or riding a bike, is to recognize and remain in the natural state as much as possible.