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Online Buddha, Bodhisattvas and Hindu Statues and Sculptures Catalog - Shakya Art Gallery - Buddhist Ritual Items - Silver
- Buddhist Ritual Items : Silver Butter Lamps
7.5” Silver Butter Lamp
 
 
 
Price: US$ 585.71
 
Size: 7.5"
Materials: Pure Silver
Crafted By: Master artisan from Patan, Nepal.
Made In: Nepal.
Time to Ship: 24 Hours
Availability: World wide delivery within 3 – 5 business days.
Insurance: Yes.
Speciality: Silver made and beautiful design of Kalash at the center of the Butter Lamp with four leaves rolled down which makes this Silver Butter Lamp a wonderful Ritual Item.
   
Height of the Butter Lamp: 7.5”

Diameter of the Butter Lamp: 5”

Weight: 495 grams approx.

7.5” Silver Butter Lamp a Buddhist Ritual Item made of Pure Silver. 7.5” Silver Butter Lamp a Buddhist Ritual Item is beautifully hand carved with beautiful and intricate designs and has a Kalash at the center of the Butter Lamp with four leaves rolled down from the Kalash which also makes it a wonderful show piece.

Butter Lamps
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In the Buddhist Tradition, Butter Lamps symbolize the clarity of wisdom. Offering Butter Lamps is the most powerful offering because their light symbolizes wisdom. Just as a lamp dispels darkness, offering light from a Butter Lamp represents removing the darkness of ignorance in order to attain Buddha's luminous clear wisdom. The lamp offering is a sense offering to Buddha's eyes. Because Buddha's eyes are the eyes of the wisdom, they do not have the extremes of clarity or non – clarity. Our ordinary eyes however, are obscured by the darkness of the two defilements – gross afflictive emotional defilements and subtle habitual defilements. While the Buddha does not have desire for offerings, someone makes offerings for the purpose of their own accumulation of merit and wisdom. Through the power of this accumulation, one can remove the cataracts of our ignorance eyes in order to gain Buddha's supreme luminous wisdom eyes. When someone offers light, the results are the realization of Clear Light wisdom phenomena in this life; the clarification of dualistic mind and the dispersal of confusion and realization of Clear Light in the bardo; and the increase of wisdom in each lifetime until one has reached enlightenment. The lamp should be thoroughly cleaned and the wick made very carefully so that it is not too short or too long, too thick or too thin. The bottom part of the wick should be thicker than the top portion. The oil should be poured into the lamp very slowly, so that none overflows; the amount of oil should be the same in each lamp and not too meager.

Why Butter Lamps are Offered?

What is the meaning of Butter Lamp offering and why to offer Butter Lamps? In the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, we accumulate merit in order to create positive short – term circumstances such as health, wealth, longevity and more deeply, to reveal our wisdom to nature. Of all the methods for accumulating merit through generosity, offering Butter Lamps is one of the best, second only to the practice of feast offering. Offering Butter Lamps creates harmony, and generates merit while promoting success, prosperity, longevity, and world peace, as well as helping to avert obstacles, pacify the upheaval of the five elements, and heal disease. When offered on behalf of the deceased, prayers are usually recited for their liberation in the Bardo and rebirth in a Pure land. People do not offer the lamps because enlightened beings need to see them. Rather, the offering of light is a means of dispelling the darkness of our own ignorance, giving rise to clarity and wisdom. People offer with the wish that their light will illuminate the lower realms and the bardo, assuaging the torment of beings who suffer in darkness. People also aspire that all beings will develop greater mental clarity in order to discover the causes of long - lasting happiness in virtuous actions of body, speech, and mind.

Traditionally, Butter Lamps are also offered as a dedication to the dead in order to guide them through the bardo by wisdom light. We can pray as well that this guide all beings of the six realms, removing their obscurations so that they may awaken to their true wisdom nature. With genuine faith and devotion, visualize that with your offerings, countless offering goddesses offer immeasurable light to all enlightened beings. Finally, we offer them so that the inner light of great knowing will arise in all beings' minds and remove the darkness of ignorance and intellectual obscurations.
   
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