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Venerable Thubten Chodren explains the importance of the Sutra of the Three Heaps, and why it should be part of everyone’s practice:
“There are a variety of purificationA four-step practice involving: 1) regretting our mistake, 2) restoring the relationship by generating a positive attitude towards the one we harmed, 3) resolving to avoid the harmful action in the future, and 4) doing some sort of remedial behavior. This mitigates the force of our destructive actions.”>purification practices, The bodhisattvaBeing who has generated bodhicitta. (Pali: bodhisatta)”>Bodhisattva’s Confession of Ethical Downfalls being one of the most popular.
We all have done actions that we now feel badly about doing, and we have aspects of ourselves that we do not like and wish to change. Purification practices are excellent means to remove emotional burdens such as guilt, as well as to pacify the obstacles to our happiness and self-improvement created by the imprints of our destructive actions.
35 Confessional Buddhas.
Guilt over past actions is useless, only leaving us feeling helpless and hopeless. On the other hand, acting to purify destructive imprints and afflictionsNon-virtuous mental states that overwhelm the mind and lead to non-virtuous physical and verbal actions, the root ones being sensuality, anger, views, doubt, conceit and ignorance (one of the three pollutants). (Pali: kilesa, Sanskrit: kleśa, Tibetan: nyönmongSynonyms: disturbing attitudes, disturbing emotions, negative emotions”>afflictions is very productive. It helps us to change our bad habits and subdues obstacles to long life and success in our spiritual practice.
A complete purification practice consists of four opponent powers:The power of regret for having done the destructive action.The power of reliance: take refugeEntrusting our spiritual development to the guidance of the Buddhas, the Dharma, and the Sangha.”>taking refuge, which restores our relationship with holy objects, and generating the bodhicittaAltruistic intention to become a fully awakened buddha.Synonyms: altruistic intention, bodhi mind”>altruistic intention, which restores our relationship with other sentient beings.The power of the remedial action, e.g. prostration, offering, reciting the names of the buddhaA person who has purified all defilements and developed all good qualities. “The Buddha” refers to Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical Buddha who lived over 2,500 years ago in India.”>Buddha, reading or contemplating the DharmaIn the most general sense, Dharma refers to the teachings of the Buddha. Most specifically, it refers to the realizations of the path and the resultant cessations of suffering and its causes. (Pali: Dhamma)”>Dharma, etc.The power of the promise not to repeat the action
By: Lee Kane
Title: Mahayana Sutra Of The Three Superior Heaps — now, is always the right time to confess downfalls and purify them
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Published Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2020 06:00:35 +0000