"Almost every action I do, twenty-four hours a day, is motivated by worldly concern, attachment to the comfort of this life. It is like this from birth to death in this life and has been like that from beginningless rebirths.
Nearly every action I have ever created has been non-virtuous, the cause of suffering. Not only that, but continuously I have also been breaking my pratimoksha, bodhisattva and tantric vows.
Worst of all, I have created the heaviest of negative karmas in relation to my virtuous friends—getting angry at them, generating wrong views, having non-devotional thoughts towards them, harming their holy body and disobeying their advice. Having these negative imprints on my mental continuum is unbearable. It's as if I've swallowed a lethal poison.
I must practice the antidote right away and purify all this negative karma immediately, without a second's delay." Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Ring in the new year 2020 with a clean, clear mind and pure heart! Purifying negative karma is an important part of our daily practice as Buddhists. It helps ensure that we will not encounter misfortune. Having confessed our wrongdoings, we can lay down the burden of regret and lingering remorse. We can relax and rest easy.
Following a presentation on the meaning of purification, Ani Tendrol introduces the Vajrasattva deity practice. This tantric practice involves visualizing the buddha Vajrasattva and reciting his mantra. Click here for more information and to download the text (PDF) that we will be using.
Open to all who have sincere faith in and an understanding of karmic cause and effect. The Vajrasattva initiation is not required to do the practice. Please plan on attending the whole day.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Introduction to the Vajrasattva practice
10:30 am - 11:00 am Self-reflection: purification and confession
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Vajrasattva practice
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch provided by DNKL, $5.00 per person
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Vajrasattva practice
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Walking meditation and self-reflection
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Vajrasattva practice and dedication of merit