༄༅། །གུ་རུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་ཚིག་བདུན་གསོལ་འདེབས་བཞུགས་སོ། །
The Seven Line Prayer
hung orgyen yul gyi nubjang tsam
Hūṃ! In the north-west of the land of Oḍḍiyāṇa,
The making of offerings is an antidote to the pattern of attachment and greed. There is a material aspect to offerings, where a person offers from his or her possessions something particularly valued. Or someone may symbolically offer the totality of their possessions with the thought of bringing about benefit for all sentient beings, that the material deprivation of all beings may be remedied and their perfection of generosity take place. In general, offerings on a shrine are in a set of seven, in seven bowls, and there are specific meanings for each of the seven offerings.
The water offering is known as a water torma and is made with a mixture of water, mailk and grains. The ritual is performed with a ting-sha, ritual prayer and a water-offering set, which consists of a small metal bowl mounted upon a tripod, the feet of which rest in a larger metal bowl. The liguid is poured from a spouted water-pot into the smaller upper bowl until it spills over to fill the larger lower bowl. The liquid is then poured back into the water-pot, the ting-sha struck again, and the prayer repeated as the water is again poured into the upper bowl.