Vajrasattva Practice is used to root out negativity and purify negative karma. Vajrasattva’s aspiration was that all sentient beings would cleanse their negative karma through his practice and so instead of having a vajra heart like Vajradhara, he manifested as a deity holding the vajra in order to help us visualize during our practice. Vajrasattva practice cleanses away all our negative energies, delusions and defilements.

If the momentary conceptual obscurations are not purified, you will not behold the natural face of self-existing wakefulness. Therefore, while possessing all the vital points of the four powers, visualize above your head Vajrasattva inseparable from the guru, with one-pointed concentration on the downpour and purification of the nectar.
Recite the hundred syllables and the six syllables as many times as you can. At the end, to practice the ultimate repentance of the great primordial purity of dharmakaya that is beyond confessor and confessed is the royal purifier of all obscurations and is singlehandedly sufficient to remove obstacles on the path.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – The Preliminary Practices – Dzogchen Essentials – Rangjung Yeshe Publications



(Repeat the 100 syllable mantra and the six syllable mantra as many times as possible.)

Om Benza Sato Samaya, Manu Palaya
Benza Sato Tei No Pa, Tisthira Dridho Me Bawa
Suto Khayo Mei Ba Wa, Anu Rakto Me Ba Wa, Su Po Khayo Mei Ba Wa
Sar Wa Siddhi Mei Pra Yatsa, Sarwa Karma Sutsa Me,
Tsi Tam Shri Yam Kuru Hung, Ha Ha Ha Ha Ho Bagawan
Sarwa Tathagata Hri Daya, Benza Ma Mei Muntsa
Benzi Bhawa Maha Samaya Sato Ah.”



Vajrasattva Meditation: An Illustrated Guide by Khenpo Yeshe Phuntsok

The force of our past actions makes it hard to attain our goals, including success in meditation. And so Buddhism has developed methods for purifying our past, clearing the obstacles to success and fulfillment. One of the most popular methods for karmic housekeeping, one common to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, is the preparatory practice of visualizing the buddha Vajrasattva and reciting his hundred-syllable mantra. It is considered an essential foundation for the success of spiritual endeavor.
The practice of Vajrasattva is often the first experience practitioners have of trying to perform tantric ritual. 

Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism Paperback – May 30, 2002

by Ani Tenzin Palmo

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