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Offerings to stupas

The Great Stupa at Og Min Ogyen Mindroling Monastery in Dehradun, India.

“It has long been the tradition that wherever the teachings of the Buddhas have been revered and practiced, communities of followers have built reliquary monuments known in Sanskrit as stupas and as chörtens in Tibetan. 

And wherever they have been built, they have been regarded as sacred, for like religious images and scriptures, they represent aspects of enlightenment.” —His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama


The Stupa: Sacred Symbol of Enlightenment

From the book Crystal Mirror 12 by author Elizabeth Cook:

  1. Whoever offers prayers finds immediate fulfillment of his wishes for both himself and others.
  2. Whoever offers flowers to the Great Stupa obtains ease and contentment, prosperity and health.
  3. Whoever offers incense achieves pure action.
  4. Whoever offers lamps has the darkness of unknowing illuminated.
  5. Whoever offers perfume is freed from anxiety and suffering.
  6. Whoever offers sacrificial food lives a life of (concentration) free from hunger.
  7. Whoever offers music to the Great Stupa spreads the Vibration of Dharma throughout the ten directions.
  8. Whoever offers the sound of cymbals obtains deep and strong understanding and prosperity.
  9. Whoever offers the sound of tinkling bells obtains a gentle and sweet voice – the sacred tones of Brahma.
  10. Whoever offers a mandala to the Great Stupa attains perfect virtue and understanding as fruit of social interaction and meditation practice.
  11. Whoever offers a mandala of the five precious stones – gold, silver, turquoise, coral, and pearl – is free from poverty and misfortune and becomes a master of the inexhaustible ethereal treasury.
  12. Whoever offers a mandala of the seven precious things enjoys the riches of the kingdom of temporal existence and acquires the Divine body with the seven limbs of adoration in the realm of sublimity.
  13. Whoever offers a mandala of the seven spices of life is freed from disease of body, emotion, impulse, and consciousness, from fatal diseases, and all sickness.
  14. Whoever offers a mandala of the five essentials of existence is released from the manifold sufferings of pride, envy, hatred, lust, and lethargy and attains the Buddha Body of the Five Transmuted Lineages of Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi, Vajrasattva, Ratnasambhava, and  Vairocana.
  15. Whoever offers a mandala of the five grains reaps a harvest from the seeds shown.
  16. Whoever offers the five kinds of incense to the Great Stupa becomes attractive and loved by all.
  17. Whoever offers the five kinds of perfume obtains a clean house untroubled by unpleasant odors.
  18. Whoever offers the five divine gifts accumulates the merit, and his power, glory, pleasure and worldly goods increase.
  19. Whoever offers the celestial parasol and victory banner has the tension of passion alleviated and becomes worthy of honor and reverence.
  20. Whoever offers embroidered hangings or a divine ensign obtains happiness. wealth, and abundance, and is free from the fear of fire, water, lions, elephants, retribution, snakes, temptresses, and thieves.
  21. Whoever offers a rosary or crown attains the ecstasy of men and gods and is bejeweled with the seven precious things.
  22. Whoever offers a lamp experiences, in a vision, the reality of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions.
  23. Whoever offers mustard oil is freed from the veil of lethargy.
  24. Whoever offers a butter lamp irradiates the ten directions with the light of dharma.
  25. Whoever restores the Great Stupa accomplishes the four forms of Buddha Activity, attains every aim conceived and receives the highest understanding.

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