Offering Lights at Root Institute
Festival of Lights and Merit ~ 2014
"those who offer one thousand lights will be reborn when maitreya buddha
the deed of gaining enlightenment and receive his first dharma teaching."
Arya Maitreya Sutra
Every night ...
You can follow Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s daily practice of offering the thousands of lights in Rinpoche’s house and around Root Institute’s holy objects in this most powerful place!
To make it possible for everyone to include these lights in their daily offering practice, they are lit continuously from 6pm until dawn, each night. Not only that, the names and dedications of all those who sponsor our regular light offerings are also read aloud during the next Festival of Lights and Merit at the Mahabodhi Stupa.
Offerings made in Bodhgaya are said to be eight times more powerful!
There are tens of thousands of lights in and around Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house, and surrounding
the Buddha, Maitreya and Nagarjuna statues, the prayer wheel and the main gompa.
The lights themselves and any funds generated after expenses enable Root Institute to benefit more and more sentient beings and the teachings of Buddha.
"All comfort, happiness and peace in this world are received by making offerings to the Triple Gem.
Therefore those who like to have happiness, comfort and peace, always attempt to make these offerings."
Tenth Wheel of the Sutra of the Essence of the Earth
You can join us.
You are most welcome to join the daily light offerings at Root Institute and the four annual events at the Mahabodhi Stupa by sponsoring:
The Four Great Buddhist Festivals
Days of Miracles: 2-16 March 2014
Enlightenment and Parinirvana: 12-14 June 2014
First Teaching: 30 July - 1 August 2014
Descent from Tushita: 12-14 November 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche said that the merit from making any offering on these days is said to be multiplied one hundred million times.
During the Four Buddhist Festivals you can also sponsor:
Tara Puja, Guru Puja and Protector Pujas performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery at Namgyal Monastery in Bodhgaya ($35 each puja)
Prayer flags around the lake in the Mahabodhi Stupa gardens
- ($30 each string of 25 flags)
By accumulating skies of merit through making extensive offerings at these four most auspicious times of the year and then dedicating that merit appropriately, we can each fulfil Rinpoche's wishes for our own success, our spiritual practice and our ability to serve others.
The merit of your offerings will be dedicated for:
- The sponsors’ personal dedications
- The long lives of our holy gurus: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Osel Rinpoche and all FPMT lamas and teachers
- The preservation and spread of the pure Dharma
- The temporal and ultimate happiness of the sponsors and their loved ones
- The happiness of all sentient beings
- World peace
- And for all obstacles to FPMT projects to be removed and the quick success of all the projects.
Secure Credit Card Sponsorship
YOUR LIGHT OFFERINGS WILL BE MADE WITH GREAT EFFORT AND CARE
Root Institute staff regularly carefully checks that all the lights are working
well, in the grounds of Root Institute and at the Mahabodhi Stupa.
Prior to the four major Buddhist events the staff spend days putting 100,000 rainbow-coloured electric lights along the trees and walls of the entire Mahabodhi Stupa grounds.
All sorts of permissions have to be obtained from the Temple Management Committee and from the local electrical authorities; forms are filled out and various charges are paid. Then, on each night of the auspicious days Root Institute volunteers, FPMT students and/or other Dharma friends meet at the Bodhi Tree to offer the lights using Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Extensive Offering Practice. If it should rain, then the offering is made inside the shrine room. If it is too crowded, e.g. at Losar, then the offering is made as close to the Bodhi Tree as physically possible.