Mountain Offering Ritual

Om svasti

This practice of the Mountain Burnt Offering follows the instructions from Lhatsün Rigdzin’s Life Practices [1]. Make a fire full of good fortune, that is, in a clean hearth or container, set afire whatever you have at hand: aromatic woods, resins, medicinal plants, the white and sweet foods, incense, powders, etc. Then sprinkle water on the fire.

Om ah hung


Fierce and potent master of awareness, Pema Tötreng Tsal, [2]
Essence of all sources of refuge in the
      infinity of existence and peace,
In your form, the mandala of buddhas in
      all experience, potential and actual, is complete.
In order to free all beings from existence, I take refuge in you.
Repeat three times.

Awakening Mind

I form the intention so that
In ground presence, the absolute mystery, the sheer clarity
      of pristine awareness, the distortions of all beings are cleared away;
In awakened body, speech, and mind presence, the four visions unfold naturally,
And thus, in the youthful vase body, all beings are free.
Repeat three times.

The Seven-section Prayer

In natural awareness, direct and open, I pay homage.
In sheer clarity, limitless and unfathomable, I present offerings.
In the expanse where all experience, patterned and free, is in balance, I confess.
In the great end of experience beyond mind, I rejoice.
In the great completion, naturally present, I turn the wheel of teaching.
Uprooting patterned existence from its depths, I pray.
Utterly free from thinking about the three domains, I dedicate.

Generation of self

From the unceasing energy that arises from the realm of what is, the originally pure,
I take form as Pema Tötreng Tsal, reddish white, in the flower of youth,
My form blazing with the splendor of the major and minor marks, holding a vajra and skull-cup,
Handsome and majestic in robes and jewelry,
Commitment and awareness beings combined, in form the union of all buddhas,
The great and glorious lord of all experience, whether patterned or free.

Om ah hung vajra guru padma siddhi hung
Repeat a hundred times.

To purify the fire offerings:
Ram yam kham

In empty presence, the fire offerings appear — huge clouds made from oceans of pure liquid pristine awareness, wonderfully pleasing to every sense, spreading and filling the whole sky.

Charge the fire offerings with the three syllables and three repetitions of the sky-treasure mantra.

Om ah hung
Nama sarva tathagatabhyo vishvamukhebhye sarva thakham ungate saparana emam gagana kham svaha. [3]

Repeat three times.

In large shining vessels made of precious metals and jewels
The commitment offerings, all that gives pleasure in this world,
Are charged with the energy of the three syllables and become liquid pristine awareness,
Exciting the pleasurable sensations of all experience, patterned and free.

This offering I present to the gurus, deities, dakinis, and protectors,
And all the buddha mandalas in the ten directions,
The local deities of this world, the six kinds of beings, and the debt-collecting guests,
Particularly those who would take my life and steal my energy,

The malicious elemental spirits who inflict illness and interruptions,
Those who send bad portents and bad omens in dreams and symbols,
The eight kinds of unruly demons, the masters of illusions,
Those who have come to collect food, shelter, or wealth,

The forces of darkness and madness, the shades of men and women dead and gone,
Ghosts of the murdered, monastery ghosts, house ghosts, ghouls and vampires.
Burnt in these red flames, my debts are paid.
Pleasures rain down, giving everyone exactly what they want.

continued on next page, see link below footnotes

  1. Lhatsün Rigdzin: an 18th century Nyingma tertön (treasure-revealer). []
  2. Pema Tötreng Tsal is one of several forms of Guru Padmasambhava. []
  3. Essentially, this mantra says “May these offerings fill the sky.” []

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