Eternal Blessing Lights
The traditional Buddhist practice of offering lamps symbolises dispelling the darkness of ignorance and attainment of enlightenment by the Buddha. It also carries the aspiration to attain liberation from suffering and the cultivation of merit through good deeds.
Because of its association with good fortune, this meritorious practice is encouraged and translated through Nirvana’s Eternal Blessing Lights. The traditional oil lamps are updated to exquisite crystal lamps in the form of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and artificial candles emitting soft light for dedication to enlightened beings. The gift of light and prayers whether during difficult times or as a meritorious practice, help bring greater happiness in times of illness and loss while at the same improving family dynamics, career, health and overall fortunes.
Why make offerings of light?
In its most basic context, the act of making an offering in Buddhist tradition enables one to practice generosity in giving, to express gratitude and respect, and to contemplate on the life sustaining law of interdependence. In Buddhist teachings, all of suffering is a result not knowing and not seeing. The offering of light dispels darkness, which is the perfect allegory for the illumination of wisdom extinguishing the darkness of ignorance.
By offering light to the Buddha, it not only pays homage to his achievement of enlightenment, but it also serves as a reminder for oneself to strive for the same through the Dharma. Therefore, if one wishes to develop Dharma wisdom, he or she should offer light. The act of offering of light to the Buddha is also considered meritorious and is said to create the karma for great wealth and blessings for many hundreds or thousands of lifetimes.
Although butter lamps are the traditional form when it comes to making offerings of light, Buddhist masters will be quick to dismiss the misconception that offering traditional butter lamps is the only acceptable way. Candles, lanterns and even battery or electric-powered lamps can also be used for this purpose. In fact, Buddhist teachers advocate that whatever light is clearer and dispels darkness then it is suitable to be offered. The most important thing is having the right motivation in making the offering.