Published on 27 September 2016
The best offering we 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 gifts of any type during the coming events around the world.
In keeping with the tradition of making offerings, if you insist on making offerings, then please support Khyentse Foundation and 84000. Both of these represent my aspirations and wishes.
It also troubles me when offerings get wasted, as often happens. In recent times, people have given me more than 20 coffee makers of all sorts, and so many different vitamins that I couldn’t possibly finish before their expirations dates, even if I were to start this minute. In any case, I have disciplined myself to take only those vitamins that my personal doctor has prescribed. 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 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