Posted on November 9th, 2013 by Lama Zopa
The Shower of Blessings is a sadhana of Guru Rinpoche composed by the great Jamgon Mipam Rinpoche that includes a tsok.
In general, veneration and offering to Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava is extremely important for vajrayana practitioners. Along with the Jetsunma Arya Tara, reliance on Guru Rinpoche is one of our primary means of dispelling obstacles on the path. In particular, for followers of the supreme Gyalwang Karmapa, the chanting of The Seven-Line Prayer (included within the Shower of Blessings) will help remove obstacles to the Karmapa’s enlightened activities. As a group, we can dedicate the merit of our accumulation of the prayer to the long life and far-reaching activity of the Buddha Karmapa. Moreover, the tsok or ritual thanksgiving offering is a unique vajrayana practice not found within the lower vehicles. Done properly, it is a powerful method for purifying violations of the three vows and accumulating merit.
For these reasons, I request you all to participate in this special puja when it is scheduled at KTC. Please bring your mala and a vegetarian snack or drink to include in the tsok. Because the food and drink is offered to Guru Rinpoche and the Three Precious Jewels, it should not be old or previously used in any way. In order to accumulate merit, offerings should always be fresh and of the best quality. Attached is a beautiful image of Guru Rinpoche drawn by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa himself. It includes the Seven-Line Prayer. All vajrayana practitioners should memorize this essential prayer drawn from the terma or hidden treasure tradition. I urge those of you who have not yet done so to memorize and recite this prayer in your daily practice.
Yours in Dharma,