The immense merit of making
prostrations to Holy Objects and to the Buddhas was the FIRST
teaching which Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave me. This happened
at my first meeting interview with Rinpoche at ROOT INSTITUTE
in Bodhgaya. The night before I had accompanied Rinpoche and
His Sangha and other students to the STUPA and inside the tiny
shrine room where the wonderful statue of Buddha Shakyamuni
was placed, Rinpoche and everyone else made many prostrations
to the Statue. I had no idea how to do this and stood awkwardly
by feeling very stupid.
When I met Rinpoche the next day He described the huge merit
to be gained from making prostrations to holy objects "
for every pore of your body that touches the ground, he told
me the merit is thousands of times more than the sand grains
found on the Ganges river
. Rinpoche told me that making
prostrations was also an excellent antidote for slicing through
our false pride.
PROSTRATION is vital part
of dharma practice.
Do at least 3 prostration
and meditate on the 35 Confession Buddhas. If possible
do three prostrations to each Buddha and before that make
three prostrations while reciting the prostration mantra ie
OM NAMO MANJUSHRIYE,
NAMO SUSHRIYE, NAMO UTTAMA SHRIYE SOHA
This makes a total of 108 prostrations each morning. This
creates extensive merit and is also excellent for purifying
all negative karma.
Do at least 3 prostration
and chant 28 times OM
VAJRA SATTVA HUM . This
is the mantra to the Buddha of Purification, Guru Vajrasattva
and it is a most powerful Purification practice. If possible
it would be even better to make altogether 28 prostrations,
one for each time you say the mantra.
METHOD OF PROSTRATION
- Join hands together,
bend thumbs inwards. Place joined hands at top of head pointing
- Place joined hands at forehead, chin, and heart pointing
- Drop hands palms down to the floor and slide body down
- Stretch body as much as possible as palms move forward
- Hands together place upwards, above and over head
Slide back, press floor with
palms and get up.
Return to original position.
Guru Vajrasattva above, then feel regret for all the negative
actions you have committed since beginning less time. Then chant
Vajrasattva's 100 syllable mantra 21 times.
Vajrasattva samaya manu palaya Vajrasattva deno pa tito - dido
may bhawa suto kayo may bhawa supo kayo may bhawa anu rakto
may bhawa sarwa siddhi mepar yatsa sarwa karma su tsa may tsitam
shriyam kuru hum ha ha ha ha ho Bhagawan - sarwa tathagata Vajra
ma may mu tsa Vajra bhawa maha samaya sattva Ah hum pey.
THESE PRAYERS TO THE PURIFICATION OF ALL NEGATIVE KARMA ACCUMULATED
SINCE BEGINNINGLESS TIME.
TO THE 35 BUDDHAS
Precede each Buddhas name with TO THE TATHAGATA .... and end
each Buddha"s name three times AND prostrate 3 times.
This is a very powerful purification practice.
the one thus gone, the Founder, the Transcendent Destroyer,
the Foe Destroyer, the Fully Enlightened One, the Glorious
Conqueror from the Shakyas, Guru Shaky Buddha, I prostrate.
the Tathagata,ˇ the Great Destroyer, Destroying with Vajra
Essence, I prostrate ˇ the Jewel Radiating Light ˇ the King
with Power over the Nagas ˇ the Leader of the Warriors ˇ the
Glorious Blissful One ˇ the Jewel Fire ˇ the Jewel Moonlight,
ˇ whose Pure Vision Brings Accomplishments ˇ the Jewel Moon
ˇ the Stainless One ˇ the Glorious Giver ˇ the Pure One ˇ
the Bestower of Purity ˇ the Celestial Waters ˇ the Deity
of the Celestial Waters ˇ the Glorious Good ˇ the Glorious
Sandalwood ˇ the One of Unlimited Splendor ˇ the Glorious
Light ˇ the Glorious One without Sorrow ˇ the Son of the Desire-less
One ˇ the Glorious Flower ˇ Who Understands Reality Enjoying
the Radiant Light of Purity ˇ Who understands reality, by
enjoying the radiant light of the lotus ˇ the Glorious Gem
ˇ the Glorious One who is Mindful ˇ the Glorious One Whose
Name is Extremely Renowned.ˇ the King Holding the Banner of
Victory over the Senses ˇ the Glorious One Who Subdues Everything
ˇ the Victorious One in All Battlesˇ the
Glorious One Gone to Perfect Self-control ˇ the Glorious One
Who Enhances and Illuminates Completelyˇ the Jewel Lotus Who
Subdues Allˇ the Foe Destroyer, the Fully Enlightened One,
always remaining in the Jewel and the Lotus, the King with
Power over the mountains.
you thirty-five Buddhas Please give me your attention. In
this life, and throughout beginning lesslives in all the realms
of samsara, I have created, caused others to create, and rejoiced
at the creation of negative karmas. I have created the five
heinous actions, and committed the ten non-virtuous actions.
I confess all my negative actions and rejoice in all merits.
I implore the Buddhas to grant my request that I may realize
the ultimate, sublime, highest transcendental wisdom. I dedicate
whatever merit thus created to the great Enlightenment