Dispelling Ignorance


It is said, in the second chapter of the Root Tantra of Chakrasamvara:

“If you wish for sublime realization, offer hundreds of lights”
~ Root Institute quoting Lama Thubten Zopa

Shakyamuni Buddha mentioned the 10 benefits of light offerings in Tune of Brahma:

  1. One becomes like the light of the world
  2. One achieves clairvoyance of the pure eye as a human
  3. One achieves the Deva’s eye
  4. One receives the wisdom to discriminate virtue from non-virtue
  5. One is able to eliminate the concept of inherent existence
  6. One receives the illumination of wisdom
  7. One is reborn as a human or deva
  8. One receives great enjoyment wealth
  9. One quickly becomes liberated
  10. One quickly attains Enlightenment

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (d.1989) said that offerings are of three kinds in four levels:

Material ones such as butter lamps, imaginary ones that proceed from our minds, and things which are primordially extant. Light is certainly one of the latter; butter one of the first.

When you think that along with the flame you are offering your consciousness and/or your energy then the lamp stands for all three.