The Best Offerings


The best offering one can make to the Buddhas and their teachers is to put the Dharma
into practice. So it has been said by previous masters.

I know you are all very dedicated and generous, but I request that you do not give me
personal offerings of any type during teachings and pujas.

It really troubles me when offerings get wasted, as often happens with personal gifts. In
recent times, people have given me more than 20 coffee makers of all sorts, and so many
different vitamins, backache remedies and painkillers that I couldn’t possibly finish them
before their expiration dates, even if I were to start this minute. And there are so many
chocolates and Chinese teas that we end up either using in haste or storing in a place
where they often pile up unused and eventually get damaged. In fact, some stuff takes up
so much room that I don’t have space to store it and, since I travel a lot, I can’t carry it
with me. These are just a few examples of how I feel unable to respect and appreciate
such gifts properly.

In keeping with the tradition of making offerings, if you insist on making offerings, and
if you would like to offer to me personally as a gesture to create a connection, and if
you are interested in supporting the Khyentse lineage, please make your contribution to
Khyentse Foundation .  You can put that in an envelope and offer that envelope to me.
Khyentse Foundation helps thousands of monks, nuns, lay students, and practitioners,
both directly and indirectly. Khyentse Foundation's activities are vast — from
preserving rare texts and promoting Buddhist education to establishing university
professorships. Moreover, your contributions to Khyentse Foundation become part of
the endowment, which is their continuous source of support.

Otherwise, if you want to help in supporting the accessibility of Buddhadharma
teachings, then donate to 84000. Or if you want to be more secular and help destitute
children in third-world countries, please think of Lotus Outreach. Finally, if you want to
be more practical and hands on, donate to the local Siddhartha's Intent to help organize
my teachings and events.

So when you make gifts to Khyentse Foundation, 84000, Lotus Outreach, or Siddhartha's
, you are not only helping fulfill my wishes and aspirations but you know your
money is being really well spent.

Also there are many other good ways you can make offerings. Aside from practicing the
Dharma, you can offer candles, water, and incense in your own homes. Also, you can buy
living things to be released. At times of holy land pilgrimages or pujas that I do, you can
just make offerings of whatever is needed during that puja, and so on.

I am sorry to be a bit rude in this letter, but please understand that it comes from really wanting to appreciate and not waste your gift, so that it goes into something truly beneficial.

- Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse