Atisha: Light Offering Prayer

Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana

Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana

Light Offering Prayer

by Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana

May this vessel become as vast as the entire billionfold universe!
May its wick grow as large as Sumeru, the king of mountains!
May the oil within become as vast as the great ocean at the edge of the world!
And may a billion such lamps appear before each and every buddha!
Their light banishing the darkness of ignorance everywhere, from the very peak of existence down to the lowest hell, may they reveal all the realms of buddhas and bodhisattvas throughout the ten directions!

Om vajra aloke ah hum

Emaho! This wondrous and amazing light, burning brightly,
I offer to the gurus, yidam deities, dakinis and dharmapalas,
And deities of all the mandalas in all the infinite realms of the ten directions.
May all beings, with my own parents foremost among them,
In this and in all lives to come, whatever our place of birth,
Always see directly the perfect buddhas’ realms,
And remain forever inseparable from Amitabha, ‘Lord of Boundless Light’—
Grant your blessings so that, through the power of truth, this prayer of aspiration may swiftly be fulfilled!

Tadyatha pancandriya avabodhanaye svaha

Translated by Adam Pearcey 2010