Many people I have met while traveling in the west are confused about why we put out "offerings" like flowers, clean water, and candles. So let me try to explain... take something as simple as a flower. When you offer the flower, hold it in your hand and think to yourself, "This flower is my realization, my potential, my accumulation of merit, all my wealth, my name, my reputation, my attachments, all the things that I would like to have in the world, all the beautiful and luxurious things, all the pleasant experiences"...basically everything that you are attached to, you offer it up, freely, without holding back.
The same thing applies when you offer water. 'May the gesture of offering this water clean and purify all sentient beings negativities. By offering this water may I always remind myself of the cleansing power of compassion." When you offer a candle "May the light of this candle illuminate the darkness of ignorance and negative emotions. May the light of this candle shed light on the preciousness of my life and the truth of impermanence." When you practice like this; the flower, the water, and the candle are no longer just an ordinary object. They actually transform your motivation and become an action of generosity. This will definitely reflect back into your life in a positive way. But don't trust me, try it yourself and see. #dharma #offerings #tibetanbuddhism