Making offerings to the Triple Gem is one of the devotional Buddhist practice, and a basis of merit and wholesome action.
What is most important is to cultivate a pure motivation or altruistic intention when making an offering. For instance, the offering of light represents the illuminating brilliance of wisdom, which dispels the darkness of ignorance on the path towards Enlightenment; and the offering of flowers serves as a reminder of the impermanence of all things, urging us to treasure every moment of our lives without becoming attached.
We generate the motivation to attain enlightenment in order to benefit all sentient beings. We dedicate the merit of generosity and the like to benefit all sentient beings. An act of offering or giving leads to mental purification of greed and will bring us happiness, in accordance with the law of cause and effect taught by the Buddha.
Here are some ways you can make offerings to the Triple Gem.
- You can offer lighted incense, light or flowers to the Buddha.
- By supporting publications that the Monastery publishes.
- Or make offerings to the Sangha through monetary donations or the giving of rice, food hampers or other necessities.
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