Those who have known me for some time would know that I truly enjoy giving gifts to others to help them in their Dharma practice, and as a way for me to express my care and appreciation for them. And when it comes to gift-giving, one of the things I love most is making offerings to the Sangha.
The act of making offerings to the Sangha is a fantastic way for us to collect merits and a great way to practice generosity, as taught by the Lord Buddha himself. On a personal level, I intend to practice the art of giving until my last breath; I also wish very much to live the life of a simple monk, meditating in a cave in the forest, with as few possessions as possible. Thus, I try to give most of what I receive away, and keep as little as possible for myself.
So… when my students visited the monasteries in India at the end of 2014, I grabbed the opportunity to make some offerings to the monks there; some of them were friends that I’ve known for a long time but have not met for decades. I miss all of them very much and I am so happy that my students arranged to meet them and make the offerings on my behalf.
I had my students bring along a lot of gifts including H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang’s sungbum, books from Kechara Media & Publications, a few Buddha statues, lots of Buddha tsa tsas, Buddha pendants, vitamins and supplements for the elderly monks and the little monks, and even some local Malaysian beverages that the monks like very much… all of these were to be offered to the Lamas, Geshes and some friends.
My students sent me many photo updates; looking at these pictures of the monks made me very, very happy and I wanted to share them here. I hope that I will always be able to make offerings to the Sangha and to the monasteries, and that everyone else too has the fortune to do this. Making offerings to the Sangha is an act that amasses vast merits… which everyone needs.
Making Offerings in India, 2014
Making offerings to H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche.
Making offerings to H.E. Lakar Rinpoche (left). On the right is Gen Kunga, the English translator.
Offerings were also made to Lakar Ladrang.
H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende takes a closer look at the Shakyamuni Buddha statue that was offered to him.
Offerings to H.E. Kensur Rinpoche.
Gen Kunga explains how to consume the supplements to H.E. Kensur Rinpoche.
Health supplements were also offered to Kensur Rinpoche’s assistant, Gen Wangyal.
A 3ft Amitayus statue was offered to H.E. Gyara Rinpoche.
Offering a text by H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche
Offerings to H.H. the 101st Gaden Trisur Rinpoche’s changtso and ladrang.
Offerings to H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche’s assistant in Yongyal Ladrang, Serpom Monastery.
Making offerings to H.E. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s changtso in Dagom Ladrang, Nepal.
Making offerings to Khen Rinpoche Gelong Chodak, the Abbot of Phelgyeling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Offerings were also made to Phelgyeling Monastery’s changtsos/administrators.
Children’s books were donated to Serpom Monastery
Six different titles were purchased and offered to the students of Shar Gaden Monastery
Shar Gaden Monastery
Making offerings to Shar Gaden Monastery
Making offerings to Geshe Lobsang Jamyang, Shar Gaden Monastery
Making offerings to the present Gekula (disciplinarian) of Shar Gaden Monastery.
Offerings to Ven. Gen Chonzey, changtso of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in Trijang Ladrang, Shar Gaden Monastery.
Offering supplements to Gen Adak, an elderly monk in Shar Gaden Monastery.
Offerings to Ven. Geshe Thubten Tashi, the teacher of Gen Kunga.
Making offerings to Gen Kunga.
Offering supplements to Changtso Lobsang Yeshe, the main assistant of H.E. Lakar Rinpoche.
Offering supplements to Geshe Dorje, another senior and learned monk in Shar Gaden Monastery.
Offering supplements to two elderly monks of Serpom Monastery, who escaped from Tibet to India. Here, Gen Tenzin Jampa is listening to instructions on how to consume the supplements.
Gen Jampa Yonten receives his supplements while his assistant explains their benefits.
Gen Kunchok Palden was the Secretary of Shar Gaden Monastery who was instrumental in facilitating communication with the monastery administrators. I offered him a new handphone so that he can carry out his secretarial duties more effectively. I was also very happy to offer him vitamins for both children and adults for his students and teachers.
Making offerings to Gen Khampa Lama. He was extremely helpful and resourceful when our team was staying in Delhi.
Offering Geshe Kelsang a new phone. He is Shar Gaden Monastery’s driver and works very hard everyday ferrying the Sangha, visitors and guests to and from the monastery.
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