In this series Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering, abbot of Sera Mey monastery guides us through the Vajrasattva practice text, including the Vajrasattva visualisation and One Hundred Syllable Mantra.
He places a particular emphasis on the Four Powers, a powerful psychological approach central to any purification practice, and leads us through the single deity practice, which doesn’t require an initiation. Once learned, this can become a quick, easy and indeed indispensable daily practice.
As usual, Geshe la gives an in depth commentary based on a variety of sources, all in his trademark down to earth style.
In this class, Geshe la begins by giving heartfelt guidance on how to go for Refuge – part of the Power of Reliance, the first of the Four Powers. As ever, this is not about reciting the words. We are aiming, he says, for a strong gut feeling going for refuge, with strength and clarity of understanding. This is an understanding of the qualities of the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha; and of the nature of our own unenlightened existence. With this will come a tremendous sense of peace and security.
Whatever level of the teachings we engage with, purification is always there. But what does purification mean, what elements need to be there? We must be able to care for ourselves, Geshe la says, then Regret, the second Power, can come
Geshe la then begins his commentary on the sadhana, beginning with the meaning of the name, Vajrasattva. Before we begin the visualisation, what kind of being are we visualising – what are we visualising? Geshe la guides us through the process of building our visualisation from the ground up.
This is a detailed, practical, heartfelt class in what is turning out to be another extraordinary series.
Our next class is on Sunday 6th February, it is still an excellent time to join us if you are coming to us for the first time. We look forward to seeing you soon
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