The Essence of Practice

Pray to your Lama and, while praying, blend your mind inseparably with your Lama’s wisdom mind.

Having merged inseparably, settle in the state of naturalness, the nature of mind.

To be settled in the state of naturalness, this fresh knowing

Uncontrived and unaltered, is luminous naked awareness.

When thoughts arise within that nature,

Recognize them on arising, and relax within that recognition.

Their arising and liberation occur simultaneously, like a drawing on the water’s surface.

When thoughts do not arise, that is non-meditation free from thoughts.

Emptiness, beyond meditator and object of meditation,

Is called ultimate wisdom present from the beginning.

Give up hope and fear; hold to the natural state of awareness.

Thoughts are delusion; stop following after them.

Hope and fear are obstacles; don’t go to greet them.

If you can rest within the nature that is beyond intellect and activity,

You will definitely discover the dharmakaya in your own heart.

– Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshé Dorjé – Wisdom Nectar – Shambhala Publications

Get Out of Samsara!

‘…..If you gain control over your mind, then even if you are at the point of death, you will understand that it is only because of a particular thought that there is an impression of dying—but that the nature of the mind is utterly beyond both birth and death. It would be excellent if you could gain this confidence.

So keep this little, essential, instruction in your hearts. This conviction and confidence is what we call the Dharma—the inner qualities that you gain. If you vacillate and think of Dharma as something extraneous to you, thought up by somebody else, you will not benefit from it. Instead, do yourself a favor and get out of samsara! Be convinced that your mind must separate from samsara, with its karma and defilements. If you do, everything will be fine. Please practice. Pray constantly that you will have no obstacles on your path and that you might be able to capture, in this very life, the primordial citadel. And I will add my prayers to yours….’

Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

The Purification of Obscurations with the Vajrasattva Recitation and Meditation

At the Pema Osel Light Shrine Room, we begin all our practice sessions with The Praise to Lama Vajrasattva, the Lord of all the Buddha Families. So today, this post begins with sharing the link for this most auspicious prayer. Following this prayer, is a video of Lama Sonam Rinpoche from 2016 giving a Vajrasattva teaching with reference and resource materials for the Vajrasattva Section, The Purification of Obscurations, Vajrasattva Recitation and Meditation of the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Practice.

 Praise to Vajrasattva the Lord of all the Buddha Families
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Ngondro Teaching: Vajrasattva with Lama Sonam Rinpoche and translator, Cy Cassoff at the Pema Osel Ling Shrine Room, March 2016

English Translation of the Vajrasattva Mantra 

Artist not known…

OM (the supreme mantra, most excellent praise)
the tantric vowof Vajrasattva.

O Vajrasattva, grant me your protection.
Abide firmly in me.

Make me totally satisfied. Increase perfectly within me.
Please hold me with your compassion.
By your blessing, bestow the attainments on me.
Also, may I attain the power of all activities.
Make my mind virtuous.
HUNG (the essence of the wisdom heart)
(represent the four boundless wishes of bodhicitta,
the four joys, the four empowerments, and the four kayas)

HO (is the exclamation of joy)
Victorious One who embodies all the Tathagatas,
may Vajrasattva never abandon me.
I pray, please make me a vajraholder.
O great precept deity.
AH (is to unite inseparably).
Translation by Dungse Tinley Norbu Rinpoche

Link to the Vajrayana Foundation Concise Ngondro
by Bero Jeydren Publications.
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Lama Sonam Rinpoche talks about malas.

Vajrasattva and mala links from the Dharma Treasures Bookstore
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