In the Lam-Rim teachings there
are six methods given to purify karma:
the profound sutra texts
powerful special mantras
holy objects such as statues, stupas, and scriptures
offerings to the Guru-Triple Gem
the powerful Buddhas - holy names
There are many methods one
can use for purification of negative karma.
The practice of Vajrasattva
and reciting The Sutra of the Bodhisattvas - Confession of
Downfalls are two extremely powerful ways of purifying negative
karma and so are important to learn and apply in daily life.
These two are unbelievable solutions. Just as one stone can
chase away hundreds of birds that cover an entire field, in
the same way even practicing either of these two methods just
once can purify inconceivable numbers of negative karma.
Multiplying heaviness of
bad karma and Purification practices
If one commits just one small negative
karma today - for example, killing one tiny Insect - and does
not purify that negative action by the end of the day with Vajrasattva
practice, then the
results of that action will multiply exponentially day by day.
After 18 days the negative karma created has become 131,072
times heavier, and as each month and year goes by, the one tiny
karma becomes like the size of this earth. By doing Vajrasattva
practice, by even just reciting the one-hundred-syllable mantra
at least 21 times or the four-syllable mantra at least 28 times,
the negative karma is stopped from increasing day by day, month
by month, and year by year. Not only does reciting this mantra
purify todays negative karma, but it also purifies the
negative karma of past lives. Also by performing the Vajrasattva
mantra and practice conjoined with meditating on the four opponent
powers, they become perfect and powerful purification practices.
Reciting The Sutra of the
Bodhisattvas - Confession of Downfalls is another extremely
powerful purification practice in which one recites the names
of the 35 Buddhas of Confession. By reciting the
names of the different Buddhas, one purifies specific various
negative karmas. By reciting the name of just one Buddha, such
as that of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, one purifies the negative
karma of 80,000 eons. You can see that this is an extremely
powerful practice, especially if you recite the names of
the Buddhas while prostrating. Thus, through the practice
of these purification practices, you can experience the positive
results in this life.