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 continues his teaching on the first of the Four Powers essential to purification, the Power of Reliance. In doing so we visualise the deity, Vajrasattva. Geshe la takes this opportunity to expand on a visualisation process described at the end of the tantra module of the Foundation of Buddhist Thought Course. This is the visualisation of the Six Deities, a process that begins with emptiness and ends with Vajrasattva, now with us in divine appearance as well as divine identity, becoming one with all enlightened beings.
This process of the Six Deities is at the heart of all sadhanas and pujas and we are very fortunate to have this described to us in such detail and brought to life so vividly.
Describing the Power of Regret, Geshe la then gives a very practical guide to purification, the nuts and bolts of how to gradually rid ourselves of all our destructive habits and useless patterns of behaviour.
Whether it is positive or negative actions, Geshe la reminds us that an ocean accumulates from a collection of water drops – even small actions can bring serious results. If we have a good understanding of the laws of cause and effect, he says, then what we are instructed to do here in the text, will anyway come very naturally.
Once again this is an amazing class. Once again, not to be missed!
Our next class is on Sunday 13th February. We look forward to seeing you then.
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