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Mandala prayers

Postby chokyi lodro » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:42 pm

Today I watched this video with Tsem Tulku Rinpoche about Mandala offerings:



I wondered, does anyone know of a PDF or other document which would have the long mandala offering prayers in english (and tibetan), hopefully interspersed with instructions for what to do when? I'd be very grateful.
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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby T. Chokyi » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:58 pm

markadm wrote:
I wondered, does anyone know of a PDF or other document which would have the long mandala offering prayers in english (and tibetan), hopefully interspersed with instructions for what to do when? I'd be very grateful.



My opinion is to really stay close with Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive and
the teachers from The FPMT for anything Gelugpa.
Scroll down to "Outer Mandala" for the prayer
http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect ... &chid=1078

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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby chokyi lodro » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:12 am

Thank you for the link; I hadn't found that one! :twothumbsup:
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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby T. Chokyi » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:35 am

markadm wrote:Thank you for the link; I hadn't found that one! :twothumbsup:


You're very welcome.
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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby chokyi lodro » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:42 pm

By the way, I wanted to ask: many prayers require permission or empowerment in order to 'work'. Can I safely assume that anyone could make a mandala offering, even the elaborate (long) one?
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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby Virgo » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:42 pm

markadm wrote:By the way, I wanted to ask: many prayers require permission or empowerment in order to 'work'. Can I safely assume that anyone could make a mandala offering, even the elaborate (long) one?

Nope.

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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby Malcolm » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:07 pm

markadm wrote:By the way, I wanted to ask: many prayers require permission or empowerment in order to 'work'. Can I safely assume that anyone could make a mandala offering, even the elaborate (long) one?



Techinically, no. Mandala offerings are connected with Guru Yoga, and come from the Guhyasamaja tantra.
http://www.bhaisajya.net
http://www.bhaisajya.guru
http://atikosha.org
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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby T. Chokyi » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:48 pm

markadm wrote:By the way, I wanted to ask: many prayers require permission or empowerment in order to 'work'. Can I safely assume that anyone could make a mandala offering, even the elaborate (long) one?


Once again, I suggest you stay close to the teaching right at the
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive where Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche says:

"Generally there are four ways of making a mandala offering. There is the outer mandala offering, the inner mandala offering, the secret mandala offering and the mandala offering of voidness. There are four different practices of making mandala offerings. If we do not understand the fundamental meditations and haven’t received a Vajrayana Highest Yoga Tantra initiation, we can practice the outer mandala offering and the inner mandala offering." One who understands shunyata can also practice the mandala offering of absolute nature, of voidness.

The outer mandala offering is as it is contained in the prayer, in the beginning of the course book. It is explained how to make the offering, visualizing the place and then the four great continents, eight small continents, then at the center is Mt. Meru, where there are the categories of the sura gods living. At the top is the Realm of the Thirty-three, the city of Thirty-three, in Tibetan, tsa-sum. The asuras are situated down below the mountain, with four categories of Mt. Meru up above the ocean, and four categories of asuras being situated on the surface of the water, at the edge of the water, where the ocean stops."


http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=754

and again:

http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect ... 60#mandala offering

You can learn a great deal about Mandala Offering right there at the site. You can read what I have bolded above, and go back to the site and read the full teaching. Don't stop your offering would be my advice, and also you could take lessons online with this organization, if there are teachers nearby from Lama Zopas organization perhaps you can arrange to meet them in person in the future.

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Re: Mandala prayers

Postby chokyi lodro » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:17 pm

Thanks everyone, especially T. Chokyi for the links. :twothumbsup:
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