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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Fire & Water Offerings For Obstacles Removal
A Tantric Buddhist sent me this message:
“I had been practicing Vajrakilaya for many years, why didn’t
my luck change for better?”
Another sister-in-dharma asked:
“I had experienced 3 abortions during my younger times… now
I am pregnant again and jobless… is there a method to pay my karmic debt?
To answer the first question, I would have guessed that this
brother-in-dharma is only a casual practitioner. By casual I mean one attends an
empowerment session and a short sadhana is given for the person to learn at
his/her own pace.
Normally a casual practitioner would not have the
opportunity to have a complete picture of tantric practices as those of the
As for the second question, ‘abortion’ is categorized as ‘killing
a living being’ and the karma is pretty bad. Once is already too many, and this
sister-in-dharma had done 3 times!
Traditionally, a tantric practitioner would have twice as
many problems as the sutrayana practitioner. The reason is that tantric rituals
seek to transform a practitioner’s karma while other just abides to karma flow.
When one is tempering with his/her karma, his/her debtors during his/her past
lives will interfere in fear that their debts cannot be collected once a
tantric practitioner has achieved accomplishment.
There are many offering rituals to alleviate one’s karma and
to remove obstacles; two types are of most common: fire and water offerings.
Method I: Simplified
Avalokitesvara Sur Offering
First, one should prepare a small quantity of dried food
such as biscuits, milk powder, flour etc that can produce smoke. Then one can
use a piece of red hot charcoal, or when self-ignition charcoal can also be
used. After lighting the charcoal, then some dried food is put onto the charcoal
and smoke shall arise. When smoke is seen, then the below sadhana should be
I seek refuge to the
3 gems: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
I shall seek refuge
until the day I attain enlightenment.
transform into Avalokitesvara.
consecration of food offering:
With RAM, the fire
burns off defilement,
With YAM, the wind
disperses off obstacles,
With KHAM, all
ordinary sins are purified.
With OM, a container
of the food is formed,
With AH, exhaustless
clouds of all desirable objects arise,
With HUM, everything
transforms into wisdom substances.
Offering of foods to 4
classes of guests:
The smoke offering
turns into clouds of pleasure objects.
All these are offered
to the refuge field and protectors,
And all those who are
making obstacles and harming us;
May all be delighted
May we perfect the
May we remove any
And enjoy the splendour
of happiness and enlightenment.
OM MANI PADME HUM
Method II: Water
First, one should prepare 7 bowls of similar colour and
shape and an oil lamp or candle. The lamp/candle should be placed between the 4th
and 5th bowl. After filling all of the bowls with water in the
morning, below prayer should be recited:
This pool of nectar
endowed with 8 qualities is offered to gurus, satyadevata, devas, dakini and protectors.
May they accept this offering so that all sentient beings and I may perfect the
accumulations and purify defilements.
OM SARVA TATHAGATA
SAPARIWARA ARGHAM PRATITZA TSA PUDZA MEGHA SAMUDRA SAPHARANA SAMAYA AH HUM
All of the bowls should be emptied before one goes to bed at