As part of the Amitabha chanted prayer practice, there are a series of mudras (symbolic and ritual gestures) that are used as we imagine making offerings to all the holy beings.   Back in August of  2015, students filmed Rinpoche’s demonstration of the offering mudras, and below is a link to two YouTube videos, as well as a description of each movement. The first video and description is off the eight offering substances, also represented on our shrine at the center.   The second is a mandala offering, in which the four lands, sun, moon, four continents and subcontinents, and all the blissful and beautiful offerings of all worlds are imagined and offered.  The hands become the whole universe and all sentient beings within,  purified, joyfull, and offered.

The text of the offering substance mudra, as we recite it in practice, can be found on page 63 in the Amitabha prayer book. Rinpoche would be happy if we can perform the mudras with him at that point in the practice.

(Page 63)  Offering substances mudras:

  • Water for drinking (Argham)
  • Water for bathing (Padyam)
  • Flowers (Pushpe)
  • Incense (Dhupe)
  • Light: candlelight, butterlamps or fire (Aloke)
  • Perfume (Ghende)
  • Food (Naivide)
  • Music (Shapda)
  • Emptiness/Secret Offering/Consort (Mudra Ah Hung)

(Page TBD) Mandala offering mudra: