Seven precious objects of a wheel turning king


The long mandala offering includes the seven precious objects of a Chakravartin King. In the Mahayanasutralamkara, Maitreya relates each of the seven branches of enlightenment to a corresponding possession of a King.

Keeping these analogies in mind while doing the long mandala offering makes the practice more meaningful. Lama Zopa Rinpooche gave a detailed explanation of the long mandala as part of a commentary on the Lama Tsongkhapa guru yoga practice (Gaden Lha Gyama). He explains the meaning of the mandala as a whole as well as each offering.

Branch of Enlightenment Analogy
Correct mindfulness Precious wheel  (འཁོར་ལོ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་) that enables one to be victorious. The branch of correct mindfulness strengthens mindfulness over time.
Fine discrimination of phenomena directly realizing selflessness  Precious elephant (གླང་་རིན་པོ་ཆེ) that can destroy the enemy in battle. This wisdom destroys all objects of abandonment.
Joyous effort  Precious horse་(རྟ་མཆོག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ) that can carry the rider swiftly to his destination. Joyous effort swiftly leads to enlightenment.
Joy  Wish-fulfilling jewel (ནོར་བུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ) that brings great joy. The branch of joy results in happiness.
Pliancy  Precious queen (བཙུན་མོ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ)that brings bliss. The branch of pliancy that results in physical and mental bliss.
Meditative stabilization Precious general (དམག་དཔོན)་ who has all the necessary resources. Meditative stabilization enables one to achieve purposes, goals and qualities such as clairvoyance.
Equanimity Precious minister (བློན་པོ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ)་who carries out the king’s orders without question. Equanimity enables one to focus one’s mind for as long as desired.

(source: FPMT Masters Program. Geshe Jampa Gelek, Commentary on the Ornament of Clear Realizations. Review Notes. September 2016)

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