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How to Offer and Dedicate Our Food

A lunch dedication given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at CPMT 2000 at Chenrezig Institute in April. Lightly edited by Miffi Maxmillion.

Due to all the past, present, and future merits collected by me, the three time merits collected by Buddha, bodhisattvas, all the sentient beings, (which exists, but does not exist from its own side) may the I (who exists, but doesn't exist from its own side, is empty) achieve Guru Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment,

(which exists but does not exist from its own side, is totally empty) lead all the sentient beings, (who exist but do not exist from their own side, who are totally empty) to that enlightenment, (which exists but doesn't exist from its own side, which is totally empty), by myself alone—who exists but doesn't exist from its own side, which is totally empty, non-existent from its own side.

jang-chub sem-chog rin-po che
ma-kye pa-nam kye-gyur chig
kye-pa nyam-pa may-pa yang
gong-nay gong-du pel-war shog

Dedicate to actualize the complete teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa within one's own mind, and in the minds of one's own family members, students and benefactors, to spread the teachings in all the directions and for them to flourish forever. The purpose of my life is to free all sentient beings from all the sufferings and to bring them to enlightenment. Therefore I must achieve enlightenment. Therefore I am going to make food offering.

The Hinayana way of eating is to eat without attachment and not for the comfort of this body, to be fat, or to have good colour and so forth, but to eat without attachment to these things.

The Mahayana way of eating, the Paramitayana way of eating, is by making charity to all the sentient beings living in the body. Think that due to this connection, I will lead them to enlightenment by revealing Dharma when they become human beings.

The tantric way of eating is to transform everything into purity; the food into nectar and oneself into the deity. Then one can either offer the food as tsog to oneself, the yidams, the deities, gurus, or one can use the fire puja. Visualise the syllable HRIH (or whatever deity's syllable) in your heart, or body mandala, or deity in the heart, or the wisdom being at your heart. Think that it is all the gurus, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. At the very least think guru. Eating the food as an offering fire puja, visualise the two hands as the two implements doing fire puja. This becomes an incredible, unbelievably powerful purification and collects extensive merit during every eating, every drinking. So, this is the quickest way using eating to achieve enlightenment.

Transform the food into nectar: OM AH HUNG (x3)

la-ma sang-gye la-ma cho
day-zhin la-ma gay-dun te
kun-gyi je-po la-ma te
la-ma nam-la cho-pa bul

Offer the limitless nectar to the Guru Puja merit field or the deity that you practice, that are all the guru, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. This offering of limitless nectar generates infinite bliss in their holy minds. Then offer the nectar to all the ten direction Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha, by meditating that their essence is the root virtuous friend. Then offer the limitless nectar to all the ten direction statues, stupas, scriptures and thangkas—not only this universe, but in all the universes, and the ten directions, meditating that their essence is the root virtuous friend, from one's own side. Then make charity to all the hell beings, all the hungry ghosts, every animal being, every human being, every sura being, every asura being, every intermediate state being. They all fully enjoy, become liberated. They all become enlightened, become the deity that one practices.

Dedicate the merit: Due to all these three time merits collected by us and by others, may we—oneself, one's own family members, all the students, benefactors, and all sentient beings—actualize and never be separated from the Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. May we always receive the blessings of the Triple Gem. May we always make offerings and receive the blessings of the Triple Gem, (realization of guru devotion up to enlightenment, especially bodhicitta and clear light). May these realisations be actualized in one's own mind, in the minds of all one's own family members, students, benefactors, and all the rest of the sentient beings as quickly as possible without delaying for even a second.

Thank you. Please enjoy limitless bliss of Australia.

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