Riwo Sangchöd is the most widely-practiced sadhana for the Tibetan rite of sang, fragrant smoke offering. Sang is an ancient and powerful practice for purifying sickness, removing obstacles, accruing merit, and paying karmic debts. Through making offerings to the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas, Dharmapālas, Dakinis, and all sentient beings as well as to our ‘demons,’ obstacle makers, and obstructors, we are able to avert negativity and increase positive circumstances for all beings.
This particular practice was revealed as terma (revealed treasure) by the great treasure revealer Lhatsun Namkha Jigme in the 17th century as the men-ngag, or secret instruction, for his Dzogchen teaching cycle known as the Rigdzin Sogdrup (Attainment of the Life-force of the Vidhyadharas). It was through the performance of this ritual that he was able to remove all obstacles to the Dharma in Sikkim and revealed it as a secret land of the Buddha’s teachings.
Sang is one of the most quintessentially Tibetan practices in Buddhism, having been a part of indigenous Tibetan culture for millennia. While the outer benefits of creating auspiciousness and removing obstacles are most commonly spoken about, the true inner meaning of the ritual unveils profound pith instructions for Dzogchen practice. Lama Tsultrim’s intimate understanding of this level of meaning brings these teachings to life as she guides participants through the text, revealing the manifold interpretations of each line in this beautiful sadhana.
The course includes five filmed teaching sessions with Lama Tsultrim, the practice text and commentary, and instructions for how to do your own sang ritual. Course also includes instructional videos and mp3 downloads from Anna Raithel, Tara Mandala’s head chöpon (ritual attendant). You will receive a downloadable PDF text and commentary, complete with photos for fire and shrine set-up, and instructions for doing a simple practice with stick incense or incense powder.