Lamp Offering at Ngari Institute
Geshe Tsewang Dorje offered 100,000 lamps at Ngari Institute’s new temple at the beginning of 2021 to eliminate the suffering during the pandemic and to ask for world peace. He also offered a mandala and water bowls, with the help of many local people and several students of Ngari Institute.
Benefit of the Lamp Offering
By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Light means understanding, because light represents wisdom. And light removes and dispels misunderstanding. All of our sufferings come from not knowing and not seeing. Offering lights or butter lamps indirectly removes confusion. Moreover, to be successful in life, we need to have clear ideas and a good understanding. And we should not just believe that success and good results are based on luck. Instead, when we have problems, we search for a clear understanding and the wisdom to solve those problems.
We often hear about large offerings like 100,000 butter lamps. The effect of making large offerings is immense. Large offerings reduce obstacles and achieve big results.
Another benefit of these offerings is being born in a higher rebirth, in a pure land. We quickly achieve nirvana, and not only nirvana, but also the great nirvana, enlightenment.
The traditional offerings are butter lamps. But we can also use candles and lanterns. Nowadays, especially inside buildings, we often use electric or battery-operated lights.
When we make light offerings, just as when we engage in any other virtuous activity, we begin by generating the correct motivation. Therefore, we pause before we start our offerings to recall the vast attitude of Bodhicitta.
Offering during the Lunar Calendar
Geshe-la is arranging an offering of 100,000 lamps during the first month of the lunar calendar–the Asian New Year–to help us overcome the pandemic, to remove obstacles in producing vaccines, and to reinvigorate the world economy and end poverty. So, it is important for us to make a collective offering, and any devotees can join the offering with their strongly motivated contribution.
Cost of Each Offering
The traditional lamp offering costs US$30 for 108 lamps for one year; and you can offer multiples of 108 lamps. We will post photo updates during the prayer ceremonies through our Facebook page. The offering will start on 12 February 2021, which is the first day of the lunar calendar.
About Ngari Institute
Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics is located in the Himalayan kingdom of the Union Territory of Ladakh, in a small village called Saboo. The campus is spread out over 20 hectares of desert land, which eventually will turn into an oasis of learning for orphaned children and needy students.
The main aim of this organization is to empower and enrich poor and needy students from remote areas by imparting the combined learning of modern scientific knowledge and ancient Buddhist studies.
Jamgom Shedrup Thegchog Ling is our newly constructed temple and a center for learning and meditation. Its main statues are Lord Buddha, Je Rinpoche, and Atisha, with 1,000 Buddha paintings on the walls.
(Edited by Barbara Resch)