Sponsoring Butterlamps

DSC 0702In Tibet butterlamps were originally fuelled by clarified yak butter and the act of using such an ordinary, everyday substance to provide illumination was seen as symbolic of transforming our ordinary, everyday mind into a mind capable of the wisdom and compassion of enlightenment. These days candles are used instead of yak butter, but the symbolism remains the same.

The Samye Ling Butterlamp house was consecrated on New Year's Eve 1999 and dedicated to fostering peace throughout the world. While traditionally butterlamps are lit and prayers are offered in remembrance of loved ones or good causes, it is the wish of Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche that lamp offerings at Samye Ling be dedicated not only to individuals but to all beings everywhere and for each lamp to be a contributing factor for world peace.

Friends are invited to participate in this aspiration for universal harmony. Visitors present at Samye Ling can assist in a practical way by helping to light lamps each evening or by cleaning the lamps and tidying the surroundings. Anyone, anywhere can sponsor lamps to be lit and prayers dedicated in honour of friends or good causes. 

To sponsor an offering of light please contact reception by emailing at reception@samyeling.org.

If you wish for a specific date to sponsor lamp please contact reception first to make sure the date is available.

Lamps Price
Up to 99 Lamps 25p each.
108 ÂŁ27.00
1000 ÂŁ100.00

Once your date is confirmed please use the button below, please put the lighting date in the comments section.

Thank you.

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