Grand puja: 24-26 Feb 2012 Grand Puja @ Taipei Buddhist Centre
:Fri - Feb 24, 12
: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
: Vajrasattva Purification Jenang Blessing Initiation 金刚萨埵净业承许灌顶
Vajrasattva Grand Blessing Initiation
A practice specially for swift purification of negativity
24/02/12 (Friday) 7:30pm to 9:30pm
BY H.E. KENSUR KYABJE LATI RINPOCHE
Why is the Vajrasattva Practice important?
The Vajrasattva meditation and recitation is important because in order to have the realizations of the path, we have to make our mental continuums receptive and ripe for such realizations. Manjushri advised Lama Tzong Khapa that in order to have proper realizations of the high path, three factors must be complete:
1. Requesting to the Guru inseparable from the meditational deity,
2. Purifying negativities and accumulating positive potential,
3. Practicing the visualization of the sadhana, which is the principal cause of having realizations.
Lama Tzong Khapa did many purification practices and later realized the empty nature of phenomena. Although in reality he is the manifestation of Manjushri and so had realized emptiness before, Lama Tzong Khapa did purification practices to set an example for his followers. In that way, we will understand the importance of doing purification practices prior to the actual practice.
One Kadampa master said, "Because the nature of all functional things is impermanent, if someone engages in the practice of purification, accumulates positive potential, practices visualizing the celestial mansion, and does the sadhana with great effort, what may now seem impossible to achieve, like high realizations, will come about one day."
In India there were many great past masters like Nagarjuna, the two jewels and the six ornaments. In Tibet there also were many highly realized beings. All of them have experienced these high realizations, whereas we have not. It cannot be that they are the only people who can have realizations and we cannot. The difference is that our continuum is still obscured by defilements, disturbing attitudes and karma. There is no difference as far as the Buddha nature is concerned. Just as these great beings have Buddha nature, we also have both types of Buddha nature: the natural Buddha nature which is the base for achieving the Dharmakaya and the transformational Buddha nature which is the main cause for achieving the form body. These are within our mind-streams. The only difference between us and the highly realized beings is that our mental continuum is still obscured by defilements.
Therefore, the practice of Vajrasattva meditation and recitation is very important, as it purifies these obstacles. Unless we do purification practices to eliminate the negativities, our present store of negativities will continue to increase. It is like borrowing a huge sum of money: the interest keeps accumulating.
Doing the Vajrasattva practice and reciting the l00 syllable mantra l00,000 times is said to purify the negativities if done properly, with all the factors complete. This has been explained in the tantra - Ornament of the Vajra Essence. If the recitation is done without all four factors present, we cannot purify the negativities completely.