To begin mandala practice, you will need to make 5-colored rice, get your materials for the practice, and make a refuge mandala. Instructions can be found here.
Begin the practice by singing nirmanakaya, sambhogakaya, and dharmakaya offerings:
Appearance appearing this sky like expanse, display of every sensual offering, adornments for the mandala, ornaments of bliss and wisdom, body, possessions, loved ones, world, these I offer without withholding, and through this action unhesitating may I become a Victorious One.
Luminous wonderment vast unceasing, dense array of every bliss, vajra body, the shimmering channels, dakas, dakinis in their pure lands, the sixteen joys, the pleasures of bindu, these I offer in their fullness, and through this action unhesitating may I become the foremost yogin.
A lotus field of resplendent light, offering flowers of exaltation, the youthful body substanceless, the mind set free in non-contrivance, the innate nature of EVAM, these I offer to the Thus Gone, and through this action unhesitating may I abide as deathlessness.
Click on the right arrow to see the step-by-step movements for the practice:
Tashi demonstrates the practice slowly twice to demonstrate the form clearly, then quickly to demonstrate a good pace:
The Vajra Fist
Keep your right hand in a vajra fist while making the offering. The vajra fist is made as the thumb closes off the base of the ring finger which contains a channel where energy can leave the body. By blocking the channel, you are containing the energy. As you make the offering this way, you will be brushing the plate with the main vein in the wrist which relates to your identification with a self. This way you are wearing down self-identification.