“Of all the methods for accumulating merit through generosity, offering butter lamps is second only to the practice of tsok.”
“What is the meaning of butter lamp 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, assuaging 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 Rinpoche
Butterlamps are regularly offered, and can be sponsored, at the following centers:
- Butterlamps are offered butterlamps every day and on special feast (tsok) days at several centers, and many sangha members sponsor the offering of butterlamps for friends or relatives who are suffering or facing difficulties. If you would like to sponsor such an activity contact:
- Rigdzin Ling at (530) 623-2714 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ati Ling
- Iron Knot
“…freeing the lives of sentient beings who are certain to be killed is supreme among all types of longevity practices. For this reason and because freeing lives brings immeasurable benefits, all sensible people should increase their efforts to free lives.” – Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
Ati Ling conducts periodic live animal release practice. Donations can be received, and information is available at Ati Ling on line.
Thondup Ling regularly organizes live bait release as part of longevity/ life ransoming practice.