Prostrate three times then sit on your cushion. Bring your mind to a quiet
state. Start the purification with the first of the Four Opponent Powers.
1. The Power of Regret: Sincerely regret, from the depths of your heart,
anything you have done to harm any living being, on this day, in this life, in
all past lives. It is good to contemplate the various actions that you remember
having done, and then to regret all the things as well that you don't remember.
The reason to regret is based on the understanding of karma: we cannot bear the
thought of the future suffering that we ourselves will experience due to the
harm we have done to others. We experience everything due to our past karma, our
past actions; so having harmed others we ourselves will necessarily experience
suffering in the future. And who wants that? We know from the present suffering
that we do not want it, so the logic is, therefore, to clean up our act before
the present seeds ripen as future suffering.
2. The Power of Reliance: There are two parts to this step: one, we rely upon
the doctor whose medicine we will take to purify our deluded actions, in this
case the Buddha. It's not that we need Buddha to forgive us; rather, we rely
upon him by using his methods to purify ourselves.
Two, we also rely upon others beings, the very beings we have harmed, by
developing compassion for them. We make the wish to purify for their sakes: all
those we have harmed in this life and in the past. Make a strong aspiration to
do this practice of purification so that from now on we can only benefit others,
not harm them.
Visualize Vajrasattva above the crown of your head. He is your guru manifesting
in this aspect for your benefit: this is important. He is made of radiant,
blissful white light. He's sitting crosslegged on a white lotus, which although
born out of mud is untainted by mud, just like our enlightened potential, which
is born out of our delusions but is untained by them. His face is radiant and
beautiful. His eyes are long and peaceful and full of love and compassion for
us. His hair is black and held up in a top knot. His arms are crossed at his
heart, left underneath the right; the left is holding a bell, which represents
wisdom, the right is holding a vajra, which represents the indestructibility of
compassion; their being crossed represents the union of these two, which
symbolizes enlightenment itself: the development of infinite wisdom and infinite
compassion. The main thing is to really feel the presence of this enlightened
energy above your head, and to imagine that it is a mirror image of your own
Now, say a prayer of refuge in Guru Vajrasattva:
To the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha
I go for refuge until I am enlightened.
By this practice of meditating on Guru Vajrasattva
May I reach Buddhahood so as to benefit all sentient beings
Now visualize that light goes out of Guru Vajrasattva's heart to all the ten
directions and hooks the energy of the body, speech and mind of all the
enlightened beings of the universe. This light comes back and dissolves into the
heart of Guru Vajrasattva, who now embodies all their energy. He is even more
brilliant and blissful than before.
3. The Power of the Antidote, which is the actual medicine, the doing of the
actual practice of purification. There are three stages to the meditation, and
it consists of visualization and recitation of mantra.
Purification of body: Guru Vajrasattva very compassionately sends powerful white
nectar, like coming out of a hose very forcefully, from his heart. It enters
your crown chakra and pours into your entire body, filling you completely. It
keeps coming and it forces out all the harm you have ever done to any living
being with your body in the form of black inky liquid, which pours out of you
and disappears into space, not one atom left. Feel completely purified. Recite
the mantra the whole time. (Until you learn it, just say it 3 times; when you
know it easily, recite at least 7)
VAJRA SATTVA SAMAYA
MANU PALAYA VAJRASATTVA
TENOPA TISTTHA DRIDHO MEBHAWA
SUTO KAYO ME BHAWA
SUPO KAYO ME BHAWA
ANU RAKTO ME BHAWA
SARVA SIDDHI ME PRAYATSA
SARVA KARMA SUTSA ME
TSITTAM SHREYAM KURU
HA HA HA HA
BHAGAWAN SARVA TATHAGATA
VAJRA MA ME MUNTSA
MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA
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Then feel so happy that your negativity of body is purified. Really imagine now
that it is not possible that your body could do anything but benefit others; no
way can it harm. Really want that.
Purification of speech: During the second stage of the visualization, Guru
Vajrasattva very happily sends powerful nectar from his heart chakra again. It
pours forcefully into your crown, filling your entire body, this time forcing up
to the top of your body and to overflow all the negativity of your speech: all
the gossip and malicious speech and useless speech and lying and whatever. All
is purified by this powerful nectar, leaving your body through in the form of
inky liquid, disappearing into space, not one atom left. Recite the mantra as
you visualize this.
Again, feel so happy that your speech is now completely purified and that no way
could you do anything but say something beneficial or useful or appropriate or
kind to others. Really want that.
Purification of mind: Third, Guru Vajrasattva very compassionately sends this
time light from his heart chakra. This powerful white light enters your crown
chakra and fills your entire being, and just like when you turn on a light in a
room the darkness is instantly dispelled, so too, just as the light hits your
heart chakra, the darkness of the negativity of your mind, all the anger and
violence and depression and resentment and jealousy and bitterness, are all
instantly dispelled, not one atom left. Recite the mantra as you visualize this.
Again, feel happy that all your delusions, which are the cause of the harm we do
with our body and speech, are totally purified, gone, finished, and that no way
is there any space in your heart now for anything but love and kindness and
forgiveness and wisdom and bliss and compassion.
Purification of even the imprints of negativity of body, speech and mind: This
time imagine that Guru Vajrasattva sends light again and it fills you completely
and eradicates even the subtlest imprint of negative energy from your mind.
Again recite the mantra.Now feel you are completely purified, and feel very
happy. Guru Vajrasattva is happy too.
4. The Power of the Promise: The fourth step in the purification process, and
such an important one, is the determination not to harm with our body, speech
and mind again. Without this, we keep doing the same old things; determination
to not harm again is like a beacon that guides our body, speech and mind in new
directions. If you can actually vow to not do certain actions again for the rest
of your life, fantastic. But be realistic. If you can vow not to do them again
for a year, a month, a day, even a minute whatever is realistic. Then in general
vow to make the effort to avoid the others. This determination not to do again
is what gives us the strength to turn ourselves around.
Then, very happy, Guru Vajrasattva your own guru manifesting as the Buddha
Vajrasattva solely for your benefit melts into white light and absorbs into your
through your crown chakra. This energy of white light comes to your heart chakra
and merges with your own very subtle consciousness, becoming oneness with you.
Meditate on this union.
At the end of the meditation session dedicate all the merit, the positive
energy, you have created by doing this purification to all living beings :
Through the merits of these virtuous actions
May I quickly attain the state of a guru Buddha
And lead all living beings,without exception,
Into that enlightened state.
May the supreme jewel bodhichitta
That has not arisen,arise and grow;
And may that which has arisen not diminish
But increase more and more.
Just as the brave Manjushri and Samantabhadra,too,
Realized things as they are,
I,too,dedicate all these merits in the best way,
That I may follow their perfect example.
I dedicate all these roots of virtue
With the dedication praised as the best
By the victorious ones thus gone of the three times,
So I might perform good works.
I dedicate whatever virtues I have ever collected
For the benefit of the teachings and of all sentient beings,
And in particular,for the essential teachings
Of venerable Losang Dragpa to shine forever.
In the land encircled by snow mountains
You are the source of all happiness and good;
All-powerful Chenrezig,Tenzin Gyatso,
Please remain until samsara ends.
You are Avalokiteshvara, great treasure of
compassion not aimed at true existence,
And Manjushri, master of flawless wisdom,
As well as Vajrapani, destroyer of hordes of demons
Tsong Khapa, crown jewel of the sages of the land of snows,
Losang Dragpa, at your feet I make requests.
May we not arise heresy even for a second
In the actions of the glorious guru.
May we regard whatever actions are done as pure.
With this devotion may we receive the blessings
of the guru in our hearts.
In all my lives,through the victorious one,Lama Tsong Khapa,
Acting in person as the Mahayana guru,
May I never turn aside for even an instant
From the excellent path praised by the victorious ones.
In whatever way you appear,glorious guru,
With whatever retinue,lifespan,and pure land,
Whatever noble and holy name you take,
May I and others attain only these.
The four types of karmic results that the Four Opponent Powers purify:
1. The power of regret purifies the experience similar to the cause, which,
let's say for killing, is to get killed, to die young or to get sick.
2. The power of reliance, Refuge and bodhicitta purify the environment result,
which for killing is living in a place where the food and medicine are not
conducive to good health.
3. The power of the antidote, in this case the visualization and recitation of
mantras – or whatever action one does as the actual antidote – purifies the
throwing karma that causes birth in the lower realms.
4. The power of the promise or determination not to do again purifies the action
similar to the cause, which in a sense is the worst result: it's the habit to
keep killing, which propels one back into the lower realms.
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