Simplest Most Effective Most Efficient Deity Yoga to Purify Negative Karma

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Simplest Most Effective Most Efficient Deity Yoga to Purify Negative Karma

Post by 2ndchance » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:44 pm

Hello All,

May I know what is the Simplest Most Effective Most Efficient Deity Yoga to Purify Negative Karma?

There seem to be a lot of visualizations involved in Deity Yoga and I am not sure if my concentration is good enough to concentrate on too many visualizations.

I have been instructed to do Deity Yoga on particular buddhas or bodhisattvas or yidams of my choice.

I was asked to do Vajrasattva but I was also given a choice to do Usnisa Vijaya Buddha Namgyalma.

Both are excellent choices for purifying negative karmas.

Please advise me.

Thank you.

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Post by smcj » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:38 pm

Vajrasattva is specifically purposed to purity negative karma.
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Post by Grigoris » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:38 pm

Practice both. See which of the two feels more "familiar" or "fitting" and go with it.
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Post by Nemo » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:53 pm

The one you make into a daily habit.

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Post by 明安 Myoan » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:13 pm

:good:
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-Amida-Butsu. -- Ippen

The Fundamental Vow [of Amitabha Buddha] is just for such people as woodcutters and grassgatherers, vegetable pickers, drawers of water and the like, illiterate folk who merely recite the Buddha's name wholeheartedly, confident that as a result of saying "Namu Amida Butsu" they will be born into the western land. -- Master Hōnen

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Post by AJP » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:27 am

One of the main functions of Usnisa Vijaya is to purify Evil Paths that appear in the Mind, pertaining to Sub-Human Realms

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Post by Sennin » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:22 am

I'm not qualified to give advice, nonetheless :D
I'd suggest Guruyoga.
For me, devotional; heartfelt prayers are more effective than visualizations and chanting mantras.
"One should always recite mantra, purifying the body."
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Post by Donny » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:21 am

Medicine Buddha also comes to mind since it is said to be a very good purification practice.

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Post by Eusebius » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:52 am

Two of my favorite deity yogas for purification are the short sadhanas of Vajrayogini and Kunrig (MahaVairocana). But pls. note: the complexity of the visuals is not only a function of the Yidam, it's also a function of lineage, the Vajra master, actual sadhana text, tantra level.

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Post by KiwiNFLFan » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:13 am

Read, recite and copy the Ārya Saṅghāṭa Sūtra. Lama Zopa Rinpoche says:
The very minute you hear it, the five uninterrupted negative karmas - the extremely heavy negative karmas that right after death, immediately without interruption of another life, you get born into hell; you get reborn in the lowest hot hell, which has the heaviest suffering of the lower realms, of which the life span lasts for one intermediate eon – those get completely purified.

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Post by Miroku » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:43 pm

Lama Zope wrote an advice to one of his students and gave him a similar choice, saying that it depends on which deity the student feels closer to. So pick which deity you feel more drawn to. Maybe try practicing both for some time. However, it is best to commit to one as it can give more power to the practice.
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Post by 明安 Myoan » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:10 pm

Here's a thread with a little more info on Ushnisha.

As for picking one, I don't think it's possible to make a mistake. So which buddha looks prettier or more interesting to you? :smile:

Also, just on the topic of purification, Buddha-Crown Superb Victory Dhāraṇī Sutra contains a dharani and lists many benefits in addition to these:
“God-Kings, once sentient beings born through the four modes of birth have heard this dhāraṇī, they will not have more troubles or repeat their old troubles in their present lives. Instead of assuming the form of an embryo again, they will be reborn with miraculously formed bodies in lotus flowers, and all shackles of their afflictions will be broken forever. Their five eyes becoming pure, they will have past-life knowledge and will eventually attain anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi.”
The Buddha said to the god-kings, “If a person recites this dhāraṇī mantra twenty-one times to a handful of yellow soil and scatters the soil on the remains of someone who is just deceased or has been deceased for a long time, the deceased will be reborn in any of the Pure Lands in the ten directions. If the consciousness of the deceased has already begun his life-journey in hell, as an animal, as a hungry ghost, or in Yama’s dominion, when the mantra soil touches the bones, he will be liberated and reborn in heaven, abandoning the evil life-journey.”
“If a person expecting a short life desires longevity, on the fifteenth day of a waxing moon, he should bathe, wear clean clothes, observe the precepts single-mindedly, and recite this dhāraṇī mantra 1,080 times. This person expecting a short life will thus gain longevity, and all his karma hindrances will be annihilated.
“Furthermore, if a person recites this dhāraṇī mantra only once into the ears of an animal, this animal, having heard this mantra once, will not assume animal form again after this life. Even if the animal is supposed to enter hell, it will be exempted.
“If a person who is suffering immensely from an evil disease hears only the sound of this dhāraṇī mantra, his hindrances caused by sin will be annihilated, and he will be able to leave his suffering behind. Even sentient beings born through the four modes of birth, having heard this mantra, will be freed from illness, suffering, and their modes of birth. Through miraculously formation, they will be reborn in lotus flowers, and they will know their past lives and not forget their birthplaces.
Here's the dharani:
The Buddha-Crown Superb Victory Dhāraṇī
(Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī)

namo bhagavate trai-lokya prativiśiṣṭāya buddhāya bhagavate | tad-yathā oṁ viśodhaya viśodhaya | asamasama samantāvabhāsa spharaṇa gati gahana svabhāva viśuddhe | abhiṣiñcatu māṁ | sugata vara vacana | amṛtābhiṣeke mahāmantra pāne | āhara āhara āyuḥ sandhāraṇi | śodhaya śodhaya gagana viśuddhe | uṣṇīṣa vijaya viśuddhe | sahasra-raśmi saṁcodite | sarva tathāgatāvalokana ṣaṭ-pāramitā paripūraṇi | sarva tathāgata hṛdayādhiṣṭhānādhiṣṭhita mahāmudre | vajra-kāya saṁharaṇa viśuddhe | sarvāvaraṇāpāya-durgati pari-viśuddhe | prati-nivartayāyuḥ śuddhe | samayādhiṣṭhite maṇi maṇi mahāmaṇi | tathātā bhūta koṭi pariśuddhe | visphuṭa buddhi śuddhe | jaya jaya vijaya vijaya smara smara | sarva buddhādhiṣṭhita śuddhe | vajre vajra-garbhe vajraṁ bhavatu mama śarīraṁ | sarva sattvānāṁ ca kāya pari-viśuddhe | sarva gati pariśuddhe | sarva tathāgatāśca me samāśvāsayantu | sarva tathāgata samāśvāsādhiṣṭhite | budhya budhya vibudhya vibudhya | bodhaya bodhaya vibodhaya vibodhaya | samanta pariśuddhe | sarva tathāgata hṛdayādhiṣṭhānādhiṣṭhita mahāmudre svāhā ||
I'm not sure if it's connected to Namgyalma, but the Sanskrit name is the same if I'm not mistaken :smile:
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-Amida-Butsu. -- Ippen

The Fundamental Vow [of Amitabha Buddha] is just for such people as woodcutters and grassgatherers, vegetable pickers, drawers of water and the like, illiterate folk who merely recite the Buddha's name wholeheartedly, confident that as a result of saying "Namu Amida Butsu" they will be born into the western land. -- Master Hōnen

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Re: Simplest Most Effective Most Efficient Deity Yoga to Purify Negative Karma

Post by _R_ » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:28 pm

Mahamudra is the most effective, as it accomplishes all the paths at once. Mahamudra is not a deity practice tho.

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Post by Pema Rigdzin » Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:30 pm

I like doing "Stirring the Depths" or "The Inexpressible Absolute Confession" within the context of Vajrasattva practice, the latter essentially being as much a purification practice as an essentially guru yoga practice; and then I rest in the natural state at the end. And of course ganapuja is an essential purificatory practice as well.

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