butter lamp festival
Today in Tibet holing Butter lamps festival in all Tibetan temples one can see butter lamps, oil lamps, or candles offered to the Buddhas and Boddhisattvas. As common sense we know that lights dispel darkness and make it possible for us to when we move around without any problems.
In the same manner, the light of the butter lamp represents rigpa, or the clear nature of our mind. So each time we make a butter lamp offering, we are reminded of the innate quality of our mind, the clear light, which shines despite the darkness of ignorance, desire and hatred. Bu offering our clear mind to the Buddhas we hope to dispel the darkness of suffering for all beings.
Tibetans also add butter or oil to lamp that continue to burn as an offering of generosity and merit for the enlightenment of all beings. Moreover, when someone dies, he or she can be very confused and lost in the Bardo or the intermediate state between dying and rebirth.
Butter lamps are offered for them with prayers that they will realize the nature of their own mind which is pure and free so they don’t fall under the control of negative emotions during their rebirth.