We made it through an unusally long, snowy winter and must have burned up a significant amount of our collective bad weather karma. For all of us, I hope, the winter blues have dissapeared in today’s warm sunshine proving they were only temporary afflictions. In my neighborhood, we’re delighted that a beautiful barred owl has nested in a tree. We like his musical hoo-HOO, hoo-HOOs! in the evening. Huge gold and black bumble bees have emerged out of nowhere to feast on delicate flowers that have opened up over night.
Ven Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche taught us how to offer all the beauties of nature to the Buddhas. So while you’re out walking, you can think about the Two Truths, and purify and transform the blue sky, the fragrance carried on the breeze, the clear light of the sun into emptiness. Then recite the Short Mandala offering prayer (or more extensive prayers) , or say “Om Ah Hum”, and then think that the Buddhas accept your offering and rejoice. This practice is very easy and one that you can share with your children. It makes you mindful of the beauty of your surroundings yet without encouraging attachment. It is a practice of open hearted generosity through which you accumulate great merit. Daily walking meditation practice can, in this way, be enhanced.
Short Mandala Offering Prayer
SA ZHI PO KYI JUG SHING ME TOG TRAM
This ground, annnointed with perfume, strewn with flowers,
RI RAB LING ZHI NYI DA GYAN PA DI
Adorned with Mount Meru, the four continents, the sun and the moon;
SANG GYA ZHING DU MIG TE UL WA YI
I offer this as a buddha-field and offer it.
DRO KUN NAM DAG ZHING LA CHO PAR SHOG
May all living beings enjoy this pure land.
IDAM GURU RATNA MANDALAKAM NIRYATAYAMI
Please feel free to share your thoughts about this practice.