Odiyan Retreat Center



In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition offerings of light have great significance. Light represents the flame of awakened mind, which perceives reality without obscurations. Dispelling the darkness of ignorance, an offering of butter lamps symbolizes the Buddha’s teachings, wisdom, and compassion for all beings.

Ongoing Butter Lamps are a gift for all occasions and for any length of time, with a minimum of one week: this dedication celebrates a special event, or sends prayers to friends and family in the best or hardest times.

Traditionally the Ongoing Butter Lamps can light the way to a person who is about to die or has already passed away.

Ongoing butter lamps dedicated to a dying or deceased person or animal, particularly in the 49 days of the Bardo of Death, can be powerful and healing. The deceased’s consciousness will be directed towards the light, and to a favorable rebirth. Fear and emotionality during the transition will be reduced.

Your dedication will be read out loud twice a day.

Ongoing Butter Lamps 
   – $ 25.00/week
   – $100.00/month 
   – $154.00 during 49 days of the Bardo

Symbolically, light offerings dispel the darkness of ignorance and reveal the light of the Buddha’s teachings, wisdom, and compassion for all beings.