Vajrasattva Purification Practice and Empowerment

Vajrasattva Empowerment
with Gen Chönden

~ Sat 8th Dec 2012 

Buddha Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification. The practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra is a powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions. This makes us feel better now, and prevents us experiencing a similar but worse event in the future. (See karma articles for more on this.)

The short version of Vajrasattva’s mantra is:

om Vajrasatto sarwa siddhi hum


Clearing the Confusion with Buddha’s Blessings


Manjushri Statue

I’m studying for an exam this weekend on Buddhist scriptures *
I’m also nursing a flu-ey headache, my brain feels like dough, and the dogs are restless with the fireworks.
(Are the sonic booms really necessary?)
=(lots to transform)

What to do?!
Playing about in the world wide web of distraction probably isn’t recommended. But I do like sharing Dharma when I get the chance, and I thought this might help…

Manjushri’s mantra

is good for clearing the clouds of confusion from our minds

Manjushri is the Buddha of Wisdom.
Reciting his mantra with faith definitely helps, especially when you’re thinking things through.
Especially when you’ve thought things through a lot, and are only getting more and more confused, even perhaps a little perturbed.

 Sad but true. Any anxious thought swimming round your head, if unchecked, will rapidly grow to an alarming size. <((((º>


Mantra means Protection

Tharpa: “Mantra. Mantra is Protection.

It is very important practice. Mantra helps all the time. Mantra protects against all dangers. Buddhas always help you. Mantra is asking Buddha for help.”

Jas: I’d asked Tharpa what the Tibetan for protection is. As Tharpa comes from Tibet, I was looking for a translation.
I was surprised at his reply.

“You are stuck in samsara.
You are attached to samsara.
You are afraid to get out.”

You are like a pigeon stuck in a swamp

“That’s what we say in Tibet.

You want to fly but you can’t!
Your feet are tied to a rock so you can’t fly.
You can’t get out of samsara.

Mantra protects you and helps you get out of the swamp of samsara.
It makes you strong.”

nb. Samsara is the cycle of uncontrolled birth, death and rebirth.

In Tibetan Buddhist symbology, pigeons represent attachment.
They are used to show how our desirous minds grasp at things.
Like pigeons pecking at scraps of food on the floor, our minds are always searching for happiness, never satisfied with what they have, never experiencing any real peace.

Part of the Conversations with Kadampas series,
featuring snippets from MKMC.

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