Tsog pronounced 'soak', spelled Tsog or
What exactly is a Tsog?
the information listed here was excerpted from "The Meaning of
Tsok & How to Practice Tsok Simply"
"In order to make your practice meaningful, it is
important to understand the purpose of tsok practice. The Tsok practice
is one of many skillful and powerful methods that are swift
in the process of accumulation and
The sanskit word for tsok practice is ganachakra, which in Tibetan is
tsok kyi khorlo.
The word Tsok means 'an accumulation' or 'gathering', and
'wheel' making the literal translation 'wheel of accumulation'.
Tsok can be performed to celebrate Guru Rinpoche day
or Dakinis' Day which fall on the 10th and 25th day
of the Tibetan calendar.
The tsog is the gathering of:
1. Practitioners - viewed as their enlightened nature,
2. Offering Substances - the edible substances
& the liquids wisdom,
3. Buddhas - imagine an entire mandala of buddhas; and
4. Merit and Wisdom - result from 1-3. Merit is the
devotion & compassion
,and wisdom is the
development of non-conceptual reference
Offering substances include: sweet, sour, salty, grain,
wine,flowers and meat (dairy is optional). Offerings are
selected without preference or aversion and without the idea
that one has spent too much or too little.
The complete text of "The Meaning of Tsok" can be purchased
from the Rigpa
or from the publisher Zam SARL, Lodévé,