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Offering to the Spiritual Guide, or Lama Chopa in Tibetan, is one of our main prayer or Puja practices. This is a meditation on reliance upon our Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong).
By relying on our Spiritual Guide as one with Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion,
spiritual power, and especially our wisdom will naturally increase.
“Of all the ways in which a Buddha helps living beings, the supreme way is by emanating as a Spiritual Guide. Through his or her teachings and immaculate example, an authentic Spiritual Guide leads his or her disciples along the spiritual path to liberation and enlightenment. If we meet a qualified Mahayana Spiritual Guide and put into practice everything he or she teaches, we will definitely attain full enlightenment and become a Conqueror Buddha. We will then be in a position to repay the kindness of all living beings by liberating them from the sufferings of samsara and leading them to the supreme bliss of Buddhahood.”
Introduction to Buddhism
A Tsog Offering is part of this practice. Tsog offering is defined as “An offering made by an assembly of Heroes and Heroines”. Any fresh flowers or food, such as fruits, vegetables, or cakes can be brought in to be offered on the shrine.