The Beauty and Benefits of Offering Flowers
By Lama Zopa Rinpoche
There are ten benefits of offering flowers (to objects such as the Buddhas, statues, stupas, scriptures, etc):
1. One becomes like a flower in the world. (You will be very beautiful;
everyone will be attracted
Before beginning the practice, Lama Zopa says, one needs to set the motivation: "The purpose of my life is to free all sentient beings from sufferings and their causes, the negative imprints, and to lead all beings to enlightenment, to bring them to the peerless state of perfect bliss and peace. To do this, I must achieve enlightenment; therefore, I am going to make charity to all sentient beings and make the offering of flowers to the Guru-Triple Gem."
The practice includes several mantras, as well as instructions on how,
to whom and in what sequence to make the offerings.
"The flower offering practice is used to make charity to all beings who have depression, those who have fear of death and dying, people whose minds are filled with anger, the emotional mind, the mind that thinks, "I am abused by others, badly treated by others,' the mind that is full of desire."
"Think of people with marriage problems where one's husband or wife is unfaithful or has left, or who argue a lot. Immediately, by making the offering, so much loving kindness, tolerance, and affectionate mind is generated in them, and instead of wanting to harm, they want to help. Also, it is good to think of this one person as the most precious one in your life, the most kind and precious one who helps me. By receiving the flower offerings, their hearts are filled with tolerance, they have a very happy mind, filled with patience and loving kindness toward all living beings.
"Making these offerings purifies negative karma as well as helping you to overcome the emotional mind. By being liberated from that, it allows one to practice loving kindness and compassion as well as tolerance. It allows one to have realizations of renunciation, realizing how this Samsara is in the nature of suffering and so because of that one definitely needs to achieve liberation, ultimate happiness. Thus, we can use this life's situation to inspire and awaken the sleeping mind, the hallucinating mind, to see the truth - how this life is in the nature of suffering and we need to put effort to be liberated from this; otherwise, we will have to suffer again and again without end."
The practice can be dedicated for oneself, one's family members, and all
sentient beings. By this, may they all generate a good heart, wisdom,
and particularly, universal responsibility.