There will be no session on September 11th due to the Annual Fall Retreat
Sundays 9:30AM-10AM A purification practice for everyone.
Bodhisattva’s Vow: A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world who, motivated by compassion, seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings. In this welcome guide to compassionate living, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains in detail how to take and keep the Bodhisattva vows, how to purify negative minds, and how to practice the Bodhisattva’s actions of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom. With this handbook as our companion, we can enter the Bodhisattva’s way of life and progress along the path to full enlightenment.
One of the most powerful purification practices is the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps, also known as The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls. In this practice, we visualize the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas and practice purification in their presence. Through the power of their blessings and prayers, we can swiftly purify even the heaviest negative actions simply by faithfully reciting their names. This booklet contains a brief explanation of the practice
Why do we need this practice?
Because of the negative actions that we have created in the past under the influence of deluded minds we now experience suffering and problems, as well as difficulties in developing faith and conviction in spiritual practice and in making progress on the path to enlightenment. But no matter how negative our mind is we have the opportunity to purify it completely by engaging in purification, the root of future happiness and spiritual realizations.
Other benefits of this practice:
Looking with faith at the images of the 35 Confession Buddhas and reciting their names has a positive and purifying effect on our mind.
Our mind will be filled with inspiring blessings, thus making us more peaceful and relaxed.
We will also awaken our potentiality to see actual Buddhas in the future, and create the causes within our own mind to develop the sublime enlightened qualities these beings possess.