By Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Padmakara Translation Group
The vow to excellent oneself on the way to ideal others is termed the idea of enlightenment or bodhichitta. this suggests that each unmarried motion note or proposal even the main trivial is devoted to the great of all beings. to complete the nice of others, we needs to first excellent ourselves through purifying and reworking our minds. this can be the purpose of what we name the initial practices, which identify the rules of all religious growth. during this publication, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche explains a key perform textual content composed by way of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892) at the Vajrayana preliminaries: taking shelter, producing the idea of accomplishing enlightenment for the sake of all beings, appearing the meditation, and recitation of Vajrasattva to take away stumbling blocks at the route to enlightenment, providing the mandala to amass benefit and knowledge, and constructing right reliance on a non secular instructor. transparent, direct, and private, those directions light up the guts of Vajrayana perform. integrated listed below are the Tibetan textual content in addition to the mantras and prayers in general recited along with this custom.
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Through this aperture the nectar descends and fills your body, completely w ashing away all your obscurations and impurities, which pour forth from all the pores and apertures of your body. Your illnesses come out in the form of pus and blood, negative influences in the form of insects, scorpions, and snakes, and mental obscurations as dark, smoky liquid. The cleansing stream of nectar is so powerful that it washes away all your obscurations like a river in flood carrying away all the trees and rocks in a valley.
Guru and protector, be my refuge! Sublime Vajra Holder, embodiment of great compassion, supreme among beings, I take refuge in you. I repent and confess all deteriorations, breaches, faults and downfalls of the root and branch samayas related to body, speech and mind. Cleanse and purify all negative actions, obscurations and habitual tendencies. As soon as you have said this, think that not only your own defilements and obscurations, but also those of all beings, are completely purified. Imagine that Vajrasat tva is pleased by your supplication.
With great difficulty the turtle carried the five sailors to the shore of an island. They were saved. But the turtle was completely exhausted and needed to rest on the beach. It fell asleep. While it was sleeping, eighty thousand small insects came upon the turtle and started to eat its body. " So it decided to give its own flesh and blood for them. The eighty thousand insects and worms ate up the whole turtle. " Such was the power of this prayer that when Buddha Shakyamuni at tained enlightenment, it was for the five excellent disciples, the five bhikshus who had previously been the five sailors, that he turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time.