Kadampa Buddhism

The New Kadampa Tradition - International Buddhist Union
Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Tsog Days

Each month there are two days, the 10th and 25th, on which it is especially important for practitioners of Highest Yoga Tantra in general, and of Heruka and Vajrayogini in particular to perform a tsog offering.

The tsog offering is very important for renewing commitments and averting obstacles. It is a special method through which we come under the care and guidance of the Dakas and Dakinis who bestow completion stage realizations. Our wealth, merit, and great bliss will increase through this practice.

A `tsog’ is an assembly of Heroes and Heroines. The terms `Hero and Heroine’ and `Daka and Dakini’ are interchangeable. Shantideva said that a real Hero or Heroine is someone who has destroyed their self-cherishing mind, has conquered their delusions, and has developed the courage to help many living beings.

When we make a tsog offering we should regard both those to whom the offering is made and those who are making the offering as Heroes and Heroines. We offer the tsog offering to the Field for Accumulating Merit, which includes the entire assembly of Heroes and Heroines.

When we gather together in a group to do a tsog offering puja it is very important that we regard everyone as an assembly of Heroes and Heroines. If we do this puja alone we should visualize ourself surrounded by all beings in the aspect of Heroes and Heroines.

Kadampa centers usually arrange an Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja together with a tsog offering on the 10th and 25th of each month.

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