Who is Vajrasattva?
Vajrasattva is a Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism.
The Vajrasattva practice is purification common for all four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, Nyingma.
Vajrasattva mantra recitation is the best-known of the purification mantras in Tibetan Buddhism.
Vajrasattva mantra is - a 100-syllable mantra.
OM VAJRASATTVA SAMAYA MANUPALAYA
DRIDHO ME BHAVA
SUTOSHYO ME BHAVA
SUPOSHYO ME BHAVA
ANURAKTO ME BHAVA
SARVA SIDDHIM ME PRAYACCHA
SARVA KARMA SU CHAME
CHITTAM SHRIYAM KURU HUM
HA HA HA HA HO
BHAGAVAN SARVA TATHAGATA
VAJRA MAME MUNCHA
VAJRA BHAVA MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA
AH HUM PHAT
How to recite the mantra?
Memorize the mantra
Keep your body relax, back straight.
Visualize a deity either in front of you or on top of your head, the chakra of great bliss. (DO NOT visualize yourself as Vajrasattva)
Recite the mantra with full concentration
While reciting, concentrate on the four opponent powers.
Visualize the white light, purifying nectar coming from the heart of Vajrasattva, and entering your body through the crown chakra and purifies the whole body.
Then visualize the nectar is coming down to you from the Vajrasattva’s heart and purifying your speech. All the unwholesomeness of the speech is coming out from your mouth, dissolving into the air, and disappearing.
Visualize the nectar is coming down to you from the Vajrasattva’s heart, and dissolving into your heart. Your mind is purified. Attachment, ignorance, and fear are disappearing.
Vajrasattva is becoming smaller and smaller entering through your crown chakra and always protecting you.
Finish the practice, by promising yourself to refrain from committing any negative actions of body, speech, or mind again.
How many times do I repeat the mantra?
Repeat it 21 times for each of the purification practices (21 for the Body, 21 for the Speech, 21 for the Mind)
The Five aggregates or “Skandhas” in Sanskrit are:
The Four Opponent Powers
Vajrasattva practice also includes the Four Opponent Powers.
The Power of Regret: recalling all of our negative actions in the past motivated by ignorance, attachment, or aversion. By reciting the mantra, imagine all the negative actions are being purified you the wondrous nectar or white light of Vajrasattva.
The Power of Remedy: the mantra and visualization and mental focus on purification.
The Power of Reliance: Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
The Power of the Promise: or undertaking to refrain from creating negative karma (actions) in the future.