Sunday, September 20, 2020

Brief Sang offering prayer

Smoke in Bhutanese language means ‘Sang'.    It is customary especially in rural villages that the first thing they do in the morning is to offer Sang. This type of offering is made by burning incense powder or Sang leaves. While the incense powders are readily available in the market, the Sang leaves have to collect from the forest and the most common are pine, juniper, cypress and Sangzay Karchu.

The Sang offering is dedicated to the three jewels the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha along with mountain, river, earth and various realms of Gods offerings.

‘Sang’ smoke must be very clean. This is a very important factor; it also has to be 100% vegetarian. 

‘Sang’ smoke offering is a method of removing negative karma, accumulating merits, a supreme Dharma practice. For temporary purposes, it helps to achieve worldly necessities.

Externally, through the smoke offerings, it will carry three types of purifications namely: external, internal and secret purification.

External purification means smoke offering and burning various offerings to four types of guests, in order to purify obstacles and negative karma.

Internal purification means purifying the five poisons of delusions. 

Secret purification means purifying one’s self- grasping and attachment.

Finally it is also very important to recite Sang Choe when offering are made. This will ensure that sang are effectively offered to choice of your deities. The following is brief Sang Offering prayer which may be recited whenever Sang offering are made.

༄༅། །བསང་མཆོད་བསྡུས་པ་བཞུགས།

Brief Sang Offering

by Mipham Rinpoche

ཧོ། བསང་མཆོད་ཀུན་བཟང་མཆོད་པའི་སྤྲིན་ཆེན་པོས། 

ho, sang chö kunzang chöpé trin chenpö

Ho! With this smoke offering, in great clouds like those of Samantabhadra,


lama yidam sangye changsem sang

We sanctify the guru, yidam deity, buddhas and bodhisattvas,


pawo khandro chökyong norlha sang

We sanctify the vīras, ākinīs, dharma protectors and wealth deities,


drala werma né shyi terdak sang

We sanctify the warrior spirits, wermas, regional deities and treasure-keepers,


gowé lha gön nyenpo tamché sang

We sanctify all the personal gods and powerful guardians,1 ཚིག་རྐང་འདི་ལྷ་གང་འདོད་ཁ་བསྒྱུར་ཀྱང་ཆོག


chi nö nangchü dakpa chenpor sang

We sanctify the outer environment and its inhabitants into vast purity.


döyön mizé namkha dzö kyi chö

And we offer a sky-treasury of inexhaustible sensory delights.


gek shyi samdön lhündrub tashi shok

Let everything be auspicious so that hindrances are pacified and all our wishes spontaneously fulfilled!


om ah hung

Recite O ā.

ཤིང་སྦྲུལ་ཟླ་  ཚེས་   ལ་ཁྲ་འགུའི་རི་ཁྲོད་དུ་མི་ཕམ་པས་བཀོད་པ་དགེའོ།། །།

The one called Mipham composed this in Thrangu hermitage on the fourth day of the seventh month of the Wood Snake year (1905). May virtue abound!

| Translated by Adam Pearcey, 2019.

1.     A note says that this line may be adapted to any deity of your choice.

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