The Best Offerings
A LETTER FROM RINPOCHE:
The best offering we can make to the Buddhas and our 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 gifts of any type during the coming events around the world.
Khyentse Foundation supports the Buddhist study and practice of thousands of monks, nuns, lay practitioners and scholars in 40 countries and the preservation and publication of millions of pages of Buddhist texts. And 84000 supports hundreds of translators who are translating the Kangyur into English – translations that have already been viewed by 150,000 people from 238 countries.
By contrast, 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.
But there are many other good ways you can make offerings. Aside from practicing the Dharma and supporting Khyentse Foundation and 84000, you can offer candles, water, and incense in your own homes. 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