Pure Mind, Pure World


Pure Mind, Pure World TNH


This image is dedicated to anybody who is trying to change their mind to make the world a better place, because  it does work.
How could it not?
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Our world is created by our mind.

We all know this on some level, don’t we?

So we can see that the creation of a purer world depends upon the purity of the minds of the beings who inhabit it.


“Pure Mind, Pure World”


We can see that if we want to make a difference in this world

– which undeniably needs to be done –

it is up to each and every one of us to be brave, and take a look at our own mind.

* Even if we think we’ve already done that…
look again.

There’s always a dark alley hidden away somewhere we can illuminate with the compassionate light of wisdom.

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Vajrasattva, Buddha of Purification

Vajrasattva, Buddha of Purification


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Our Vajrasattva retreat at Amitabha Centre finishes today.
Many other Buddhists out there are just starting or finishing their winter purification retreats.
So this goes out to all who participated, and most definitely, anybody anywhere who is trying to make the world a better place. Keep up the good work ˚͜˚

You are in very good company!

Through the blessings of all the Holy beings
The truth of actions and effects,
And the power of my pure, superior intention
May all my prayers be fulfilled.


For more on Vajrasattva see Vajrasattva Empowerment.
Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification. The practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra is a very powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions.


Quote from Gen Chönden adapted from his simplified version of the Bodhisattva vow, which is a Buddhist’s promise to gain enlightenment to help all others.
(Vajrasattva Empowerment, Bristol, Dec ’12)

See the Transcultural Buddhism  blog for more on purification practice.

Tich Naht Hanh calligraphy via MySoul’sOnIce
Solitary Vajrasattva image and verse (adapted) via Tharpa Publications
Quote from Geshe La

top  right contrail image
bottom right mountain image
Click on main image to make biG

*full versions of adapted text given below (in comments).

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


The Gift of a Sickbed!

Well, a sickbed isn’t really my choice; I wouldn’t choose to spend days in bed.

I’m just not feeling that good.
To put that into context, I’ve got MS anyway, and now i’ve got a bug. So the usual crap is exacerbated,
I’m nauseous, shivery, my bones ache and don’t want to take my weight. The furbys are missing their walks. So not much going on here.

I was getting in training for Tarchin’s Mahamudra retreat in a few weeks time as well. Now I’m thinking through cotton wool 😦

So, the gift in this?

Rejoicing in others’ good qualities and happiness, is a good one for a cosy warm duvet. It’s a feel-good mind, which brings us closer to the qualities we want.

I like offering that snuggly warm safe feeling to the Guru at my heart, and up to all the Buddhas and Holy beings. Also, to all those poor souls who can’t experience such luxury. I want them to be safe and comfortable too.
From a tantric point of view, that feeling of warm snuggliness becomes bliss inseparable from emptiness; offered to myself as the deity for the sake of those who aren’t so fortunate.

Unable to meditate much, I’ve been doing lots of Vajrasattva mantras instead. It’s brilliant purification, and can lift our mind immediately. (Mantras are something you can do in bed, which i like 😉 They’re good for housework too. Not so keen).

The short version of Vajrasattva’s mantra is:

om Vajrasatto sarwa siddhi hum

We repeat this while regretting any bad stuff we’ve done, and being determined not to do it again, (x21, or for at least for as long as you can)
Finish by imagining Vajrasattva’s pure white light flows into us, dissolving all the bad stuff away.  Then imagine our body and mind fills up with this white light, leaving us clean and pure.

OK, the usual headache’s becoming a migraine, so back to my duvet…

nb. This is just a snippet on purification. And there’s more to come on karma.
But see Geshe la’s free ebook Modern Buddhism for more on both.
And thanks to Kelsang Dorje for rapid response mantra verification.

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