Vajrasattva Practice (of the Four Preliminary Practices)
Translated by Janny Chow, Luljeta Subasic, Alice Yang, and others. Please note that anyone who wishes to engage in this practice must first take refuge in True Buddha School and receive empowerment from Living Buddha Lian-sheng or authorized True Buddha Vajra Acharyas.
First empty the mind. Next, visualize the Root Guru Living Buddha Liansheng appearing above your crown and radiating light on everyone present. Chant the Root Guru Heart Mantra 7 times. Pray to the Root Guru to empower you so that the practice will be auspicious. Visualize your parents, children, relatives, friends, and enemies join you in this practice.
Wake Up Call:
Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.
1. Recite the Purification Mantras:
Om, syo-lee syo-lee, ma-ha syo-lee, syo-syo-lee, so-ha.
Om, syo-do-lee, syo-do-lee, syo-mo-lee, syo-mo-lee, so-ha.
Om, wa-dzi-la-dam, ho ho hum.
Namo sam-man-do, moo-toh-nam, om, doo-loo doo-loo dei-wei, so-ha.
2. Recite the Invocation Mantra:
Om ah hum, so-ha. (3 times)
We sincerely invoke:
(In the place of this note, each local chapter may invoke the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Dharma Protectors enshrined at its altar accordingly. When practicing at home, one may invoke the deities present at one’s shrine.)
Namo Truly Realized Holy Red-Crown Vajra Master Lian-sheng, may all beings of the Six Realms of Samsara and I attain instant supreme realization and continue to take refuge in Lian-sheng’s Buddha Land.
3. Great Homage Using Visualization:
(using Buddha Shrine Mudra. )
(Visualize in the space before and above you the Root Guru, all past lineage gurus, the eight Personal Deities, all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Dharma Protectors. They appear like multitudes of twinkling stars, pervading the Empty Space. Touch the brow point [third-eye chakra] with the mudra and visualize the Root Guru emitting a white beam of light from his brow point to your brow point. Touch the throat with the mudra and visualize the Root Guru emitting a red beam of light from his throat to your throat. Touch the heart with the mudra and visualize the Root Guru emitting a blue beam of light from his heart to your heart. Touch the brow point again and then release the mudra. Visualize yourself prostrating fully on the floor to pay homage to the Root Guru and Buddhas in all times and directions.)
Second homage to all Bodhisattvas (using Lotus Mudra. )
Third homage to all Dharma Protectors (using Vajra Mudra. )
Fourth half-bow (using Equanimity Mudra. )
4. Mandala Offering:
Interlace fingers (with hands back to back) so that palms and fingers face upwards. Hook the index finger of the left hand over the middle finger of the right. Hook the index finger of the right hand over the middle finger of the left. Press the thumb of the left hand over the little finger of the right. Press the thumb of the right hand over the little finger of the left. Manipulate the ring fingers so that they stand vertically, back to back. (Place the Offering Mudra in front of the chest. After visualization, bring the mudra to touch upon the brow point before release.)
Visualize the offerings at the altar multiply to first form a row, then multiply again to form a field, and multiply once more to fill all space. Dedicate this space-filling offering to the Root Guru, past lineage gurus, eight Personal Deities of the True Buddha School, all Buddhas in all times and directions, all Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas, and all Dharma Protectors.
Recite the Offering Verse:
Om, sa-er-wa, da-ta-ga-da, ee-da-mooh, gu-ru la-na, man-cha-la, kan, neelee-yeh, dah- yah-mee.
5. Fourfold Refuge:
6. Armor Protection:
Recite the mantra:
Om, bo ru lan ze lee. (7 times)
After recitation, bring the mudra to touch the brow point, then throat, heart, left shoulder, right shoulder, then back to the forehead. At the moment of releasing the mudra, visualize the Dharma Protector at one’s shrine transform into four bodies that guard one in the front, behind, and to the right and left sides.
7. Recite the High King Avalokitesvara Sutra:
the Seven Past Buddhas,
the Fifteen Hundred Buddhas,
the Fifteen Thousand Buddhas,
All the countless Buddhas,
and those in the Pure Lands,
that they might cultivate day and night.
By constantly invoking this sutra,
and freed from all the many kinds of suffering.
the observant Avalokitesvara,
the expansively-minded Avalokitesvara,
jen-len-chen-deh, so-ha. (7 times)
Na-mo a-mi-doh-poh-ye, doh-ta-ga-doh-ye, doh-deh-ye-ta, a-mi-lee-dohpoh- pee, a-mi-lee-doh seh-dan-poh-pee, a-mi-lee-doh pek-ga-lan-deh, a-milee- doh pek-ga-lan-doh, ga-mee-nee, ka-ka-nah, zhi-doh-ka-lee, so-ha. (7 times)
9. Recite the Four Immeasurable Vows:
Recite the Four Immeasurable Vows:
Recite the Bodhicitta Verse:
Student “Lotus ________” shall take refuge in the Root Guru and Triple Jewels until reaching enlightenment. I will never recede on the path. May all my virtues be dedicated to all beings for their speedy enlightenment.
Recite the Bodhicitta Mantra:
Om, bo-dee-gee-da, be-dza, sa-ma-ya, ah-hum.
Recite the Repentance Verse:
All my transgressions committed since time immemorial which originate in beginningless greed, hatred, and ignorance and which are manifest through my body, speech, and mind these I fully confess and repent of altogether. (3 times)
Recite the Repentance Mantra:
Om, be-dza, sa-ma-ya, soo-deh-ah. (108 times)
10. Recite the Root Guru Heart Mantra:
11. Mudra and Visualization:
Om, so-ba-wa, su-da, sa-er-wa, da-er-ma, so-ba-wa, su-do-hang. (3 times)
Tibetan hum syllable
(1) Above an expanse of ocean is a stretch of clear sunny sky. A moon disc rises from the ocean
(2) The seed syllable inside the moon disc revolves and transforms into Vajrasattva. His body is white and he is adorned by a Five-Buddha Crown, celestial garments and ornaments. Sitting on a moon disc supported by an eight-petal lotus, Vajrasattva holds, against his heart, a vajra scepter in his right hand (in the Fierce Mudra) and by his left thigh, a vajra bell in his left hand (also in the Fierce Mudra). At the level of his heart is a recitation wheel containing the Hundred Syllable Mantra. This mantra surrounds his heart chakra, revolves, and radiates brilliant white light.
(3) This great white light arcs over and down, pouring through one’s crown and flooding one’s entire body. One’s whole body exhibits a great white light, and negative karma and thoughts are expelled as black smoke through all skin pores.One’s body becomes crystal clear, radiating light. One enters a state of joy in meditation.
12. Recite the Hundred Syllable Mantra:
Om, be-dza, sah-do sa-ma-ya, ma-nu bah-la-ya, be-dza sah-do deh-nu-pahdeh- cha, zhe-jo mi-bah-wa, soo-do ka-yu mi-bah-wa, soo-poo ka-yu mi-bahwa, an-nu-la-do mi-bah-wa, sa-er-wa, sid-di, mi-bu-la-ya-cha, sa-er-wa, kaer- ma, soo-cha-mi, ji-ta-moo, see-li-yam, gu-ru hum, ha-ha-ha-ha-hoh, bahga- wan, sa-er-wa, da-ta-ga-ta, be-dza, ma-mee mun-cha, be-dzi-ba-wa, ma-ha sa-ma-ya, sah-do-ah, hum, pei.
(21 or 49 times)
13. Entering Samadhi:
Visualization of Entering of the Deity into Oneself:
- (3) Visualize Vajrasattva (atop one’s crown) transform into a pearl of light, the size of a grain of rice. He travels through the crown opening to descend down the central channel until reaching and resting on the heart chakra lotus.
- (4) Vajrasattva (sitting on the heart chakra lotus) gradually enlarges, until becoming exactly the same size as one. Visualize oneself as Vajrasattva. There is no difference between the two.
14. Emerging from Samadhi and Dedication:
(1 time for each Principal Heart Mantra)
Om, mani padme hum.
Om, pun-lah-moh lin-toh-lin, so-ha.
(Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Mantra that Removes Fixed Karma)
Om, ha ha ha, wei sam-mo-yeh, so-ha.
Om, dze-lee dzu-lee, zhun-tee, so-ha.
Om, jum-bah-lah, chan-lan chah-nah-yeh, so-ha.
Om ah hum, be-dza, gu-ru, beh-ma, sid-dhi, hum, seh.
Om ah hum, gu-ru-bei, ah-ha-sa-sa-ma-ha, lian-sheng sid-dhi hum.
Deh-yah-tah, om, beh-ka-dzee-yah, beh-ka-dzee-yah, ma-ha beh-ka-dzeeyah,
I, ________ (your name), dedicate the merits of this practice to the Root Guru. May the Root Guru always be healthy, remain in Samsara, never enter Nirvana, and forever turn the Dharma Wheel. May everyone be healthy, free of hindrances, strong in cultivation, and may all circumstances become auspicious. May all supplications be completely fulfilled.
May all hindrances be removed. Wun!
18. Recite the Hundred Syllable Mantra:
Om, be-dza, sah-do sa-ma-ya, ma-nu bah-la-ya, be-dza sah-do deh-nu-pahdeh- cha, zhe-jo mi-bah-wa, soo-do ka-yu mi-bah-wa, soo-poo ka-yu mi-bahwa, an-nu-la-do mi-bah-wa, sa-er-wa, sid-di, mi-bu-la-ya-cha, sa-er-wa, kaer- ma, soo-cha-mi, ji-ta-moo, see-li-yam, gu-ru hum, ha-ha-ha-ha-hoh, bahga- wan, sa-er-wa, da-ta-ga-ta, be-dza, ma-mee mun-cha, be-dzi-ba-wa, ma-ha sa-ma-ya, sah-do-ah, hum, pei. (3 times)
19. Great Homage Using Visualization:
(Same as step 3)
20. Recite the Completion Mantra:
Om, bu lin. (3 times)
Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.
End of Practice:
May all endeavors be auspicious.