Vajrasattva Practice is So Important

Vajrasattva Practice is So Important

Date of Advice:
October 2013
Date Posted:
October 2014

A student wrote to Rinpoche offering 100,000 Vajrasattva mantras.

Vajrasattva, painted by Nepali-Tibetan artists, Photo courtesy of FPMT.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
A billion, zillion, trillion thanks for completing the Vajrasattva retreat, with 100,000 mantras.

Of course by purifying negative karma collected since beginningless rebirth and by collecting extensive merits, this allows you to have realizations on the path to enlightenment and for your mind to change. There is always hope the mind can change, even to achieve enlightenment, so you can achieve a higher rebirth, ultimate happiness, liberation from samsara and enlightenment.

Vajrasattva practice is so important generally, and especially nowadays in the world, when there is not only global warming, but many other problems. There are so many other dangers—of war and sicknesses, cancer, and so many people whom you know are dying. There are so many sicknesses and other conditions for dying.

This Vajrasattva practice and other purification practices are the ultimate answer, so everything in the world—what you see, every situation—tells you to practice Vajrasattva. To purify and do Vajrasattva practice is the ultimate answer, to stop the cause to be reborn in the lower realms and the immediate [result] is to have a higher rebirth, to make preparation for death and then to meet the Dharma, to meet the virtuous friend who reveals the path to enlightenment. Then to achieve ultimate happiness, to be free from samsara and to achieve enlightenment for the numberless sentient beings and to free them from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to full enlightenment.

So a zillion, trillion, million thanks for practicing Dharma and for being a monk. Thank you very much.

With much love and prayers. Please take care well with bodhicitta.