To the mighty sages, perfect recipients of my offering,
I will present red lotus and heavenly mandarava,
Blue utpala flower and other scented blossoms,
Beautifully arranged in brightly coloured garlands.
I also offer billowing clouds of incense,
Whose sweet aroma captivates the mind,
And a rich feast of plentiful food and drink,
Fit to grace the tables of the gods.
Offerings of every kind were made to representatives of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha at the Sakyadhita Conference which has just closed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
These verses, from the Bodhicaryavatara, are taken from a small booklet that I'm traveling with, The Brightly Shining Sun. We witnessed the 'branch of offering' in so many gestures of kindness and generosity, each day at the temple.
The footage in this video is set to the Bodhicaryavatara, Chapter 2, Offering, which is chanted in sanskrit by Vidya Rao (and used with the kind permission of Siddhartha's Intent)