To make the mandala offering, you will need two mandalas. The first, called the “mandala for the support of accomplishment,” is placed on the shrine and visualized as a refuge tree. This support is made by filling three rings placed on a mandala pan with piles of offerings, totalling thirty-seven. If you do not have these rings, then put a mandala pan piled with rice on the shrine. The second is the offering mandala which is held in your lap. In addition, you will need rice, seeds, grain or precious stones, Precious stones are the best. If you use rice or grain, color it with saffron. Visualize each single grain of rice as one three-thousandfold world system, as was described before. Sit with a cloth draped across your lap to hold the pile of rice. Hold a bit of the rice and the pan in your left hand. Your right hand, formed into the mudra of the vajra fist, holds a small amount of rice between the thumb and middle finger. Recite the hundred syllable mantra while rubbing the underside of your right wrist on the mandala pan in a clockwise circle until you complete one recitation. Then drop the rice from between the fingers of your right hand back into the pile on your lap. With the same hand, pick up a handful of rice and make seven piles on the surface of the pan. The first one, in the center of the pan, represents Mount Meru. Then make a pile above the center one, another to the right, one below, and one to the left of the first pile. These four represent the four continents. Make the sixth pile in the same place as the second pile and the seventh pile in the same place as the fourth. These last two represent the sun and moon. After you finish making the piles, wipe the pan clean with the underside of your right wrist in a clockwise rotation. (The offering will fall into the cloth.) Think of the mandala plate as symbolizing the purity of your mind. As you rub your wrist on the pan, the action of rubbing the bodhicitta nerve, which passes through your wrist, purifies your mind’s obscurations.
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