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Vajrasattva

Post by cjdevries » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:17 pm

Reciting Vajrasattva mantra is a very effective way to purify, but I wanted to ask about prostrating to Vajrasattva. Is that also a efficacious way to purify?
"Without the mud, there is no lotus possible" -Thich Nhat Hanh
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Re: Vajrasattva

Post by Jangchup Donden » Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:00 pm

cjdevries wrote:
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:17 pm
Reciting Vajrasattva mantra is a very effective way to purify, but I wanted to ask about prostrating to Vajrasattva. Is that also a efficacious way to purify?
Why not both? :)

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Post by pemachophel » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:08 pm

When I did a three-month retreat many years ago, I did several hundred short prostrations every day with the 100-syllable mantra. I found it extremely helpful, extremely purifying. Not only did it reduce me to a puddle of sweat every day (it was summer in the Catskills), it typically reduced me to a puddle of tears.

If you ask if you should do this, I'd say "absolutely!"
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Re: Vajrasattva

Post by cjdevries » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:35 pm

Thank you sincerely Jangchup and pema for the responses. I think I will continue to do both, however I can't recite very much mantra due to illness which is the main reason I asked the question. I'm looking to do something as an alternative to mantra recitation. I already do 108x prostrations every day, but not specifically to Vajrasattva. I am going to try it.
"Without the mud, there is no lotus possible" -Thich Nhat Hanh
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Re: Vajrasattva

Post by 明安 Myoan » Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:07 am

Diamond recitation is a useful alternative to vocal recitation.
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-Amida-Butsu. -- Ippen

Reciting the nembutsu and believing in birth in the Pure Land naturally give rise to the Three Minds and the Four Modes of Practice. -- Master Hōnen

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Re: Vajrasattva

Post by javier.espinoza.t » Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:26 am

cjdevries wrote:
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:17 pm
Reciting Vajrasattva mantra is a very effective way to purify, but I wanted to ask about prostrating to Vajrasattva. Is that also a efficacious way to purify?
people do postration to buddha, vajrasattva is a buddha.

postrations purify pride and arrogance.

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Re: Vajrasattva

Post by kausalya » Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:54 am

My guru does 1 long mantra for every 2 prostrations.

If you are frustrated by lack of progress, there are creative ways to add visualizations for the full purifying effect to ripen sooner.

I'm in retreat on Vajrasattva now, and I would say, don't get carried away thinking it's not enough. The job of the Buddhas is to surprise you.
"For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world."
(Shantideva)

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