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It is a very common sight to see the offering of incense and smoke in the Bhutanese temples and farmhouses every morning. The offering of sang combines the practice of giving, meditation and purification. On its basic level, this is a practice of giving or offering good smell to the Buddhas, the protector deities, the harmful spirits and the sentient beings in general. Using Buddhist meditation, the substances for the offering are first dissolved into the state of emptiness and then with the chanting of mantras and verses, billows of varied objects of sensual pleasure are visualised and distributed mentally to the different recipient. The smoke and the flame are also used to fumigate and burn out the negative and impure elements in life.

  • བསང་མཆོད། (Dzongkha, Tibetan script, Original)
    • > Incense-Fumigation (English, Latin script, Translation)
    • > bsang mchod (Dzongkha, Latin script, THL Extended Wylie Transliteration)
    • > sang chö (Dzongkha, Latin script, THL Simplified Tibetan Transcription)
Subject ID: S7905