(© Rob Preece 2005. This mandala offering can be copied for personal use, but no copying for general distribution is allowed without the permission of the author)
Here is the basic open ground, the ground of my being
Here is the circle of my totality
This is the centre of my totality, the axis mundi
This is the environment in which I live,
These are the oceans and mountains the lakes and rivers the rocks and trees
These are beautiful places I treasure, the plants and flowers, the wildlife
These are the cities and towns that I live and work in, their value and downfall
These are the people I live amongst and work amongst
They are my friends and acquaintances those I depend upon,
These the people I struggle with, the object of my aversion and confusion
This is my work, my livelihood, my action in the world
This is my home, my garden and my possessions
The things I treasure and value and the objects of attachment
These are my loved ones, my family, my private life.
This is the body I inhabit in this life
These are my sense pleasures, the food, the music, the beauty I value
These are my dreams, my ambitions, my plans
These are all those things I wish for in my life that may or may not come to pass
These are my qualities, my talents and gifts
This is the knowledge and learning I have gained in my life
These are my habits, my emotional problems, my wounds
This is the core of my identity that I hold onto as real.
This is the spiritual journey I am on
These are the qualities and realisations I aspire to
These are the obstacles and difficulties of the path
These are the essential ingredients of my enlightenment
This is the treasure of my Buddha potential
This symbolises my enlightenment my victory over the confusion and suffering of myself and all sentient beings.
I offer this mandala of my essential totality and surrender my being to all the Buddhas for the welfare of all sentient beings
Please bestow your blessings.
All those objects of my minds three poisons
Coveted friend foe and stranger body wealth worldly pleasures
Without a feeling of loss I surrender
Receive them please and free all beings from their bondage.
OM YIDAM GURU RATNA MANDALAKAM NIRIYATIAMI
(This mandala offering can be performed in a similar way to the traditional offering placing the three rings of offerings onto a base plate. Reciting the first line one places an initial scattering of rice followed by the first ring with the second line. The second paragraph refers to the second ring of offerings. The third paragraph refers to the third ring. The last line of the third paragraph refers to the symbolic pinnacle of the mandala. The last verse is metered to the traditional Tibetan chant)