Purifying the Karma of Disrespecting a Friend

Purifying the Karma of Disrespecting a Friend

Date of Advice:
January 2017
Date Posted:
March 2019

A student wrote that he had belittled a friend and Dharma brother. He had already applied the four opponent powers, but asked if there was anything else he could do to purify and restore his vows.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the garden at Osel Labrang, Sera Je Monastery, India, December 2015.  Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang.

My most dear, most kind, most precious wish-fulfilling one,
Thank you very much for your kind letter, I am sorry about the delay.

I accept your confession, I'm very, very happy that you confessed, thinking that you created serious negative karma; feeling that. It is very important to feel like that; it is very important.

Yes, yes, do Vajrasattva practice with the four opponent powers and also do prostrations by reciting the Thirty-five Buddhas’ names. Thank you very much.

If you do the Thirty-five Buddhas practice well one time, with the remedy of the four opponent powers, Kyabje Denmo Locho Rinpoche said even the very heavy negative karmas—killing your father or mother, killing an arhat, drawing blood from a buddha or causing disunity among the Sangha [five immediate negativities]—can be purified.

Even those extremely heavy negative karmas—where you experience the karma without a delay and you are reborn in the lowest hot hell and experience the heaviest suffering there for eons, until the karma is finished; even if this world ends your karma does not, so then you go to another universe and are reborn in the lowest hell realm—can be purified by doing this practice.

Thank you very much.