Vajrasattva

Tibetan (Dorje Sempa; རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ་)

Vajrasattva, the Buddha of primordial purity, is dedicated to the purification of negativities. The practice of Vajrasattva, or Dorje Sempa in Tibetan, cleanses all obscurations, particularly those related to transgressed vows and broken samayas. Buddha Vajrasattva made this great aspiration of achieving enlightenment, "When I attained perfect Buddhahood, may all beings be purified of their obscurations, their negative deeds, and their dense darkness of ignorance, simply by hearing my name, seeing my form, thinking of me, or reciting the mantra that contains my name."  

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Vajrasattva is depicted sitting on an eight-petalled lotus of purest white in full vajra posture. His body is brilliantly white and radiant like a snow mountain shined upon by a thousand suns. He is typically depicted holding a Vajra in his right hand at heart level, and a bell in his left hand, resting upon his left thigh. He is also sometimes visualized with a consort.

Lord Buddha Shakyamuni taught innumerable methods of purification, but meditation and recitation on Vajrasattva, is said to be the most profound among all. Practiced correctly, in concordance with the four opponent powers, the great blessing power of Vajrasattva is able to purify all negativities, repair the broken samayas (commitments) and cleanse even the subtlest obscurations of the body, speech and mind. The four opponent powers are:

  1. Regret 

  2. Taking refuge in the Three Jewels and generating bodhicitta

  3. Applying the antidotes (such as purification practice of Vajrasattva)

  4. Promise not to repeat the action

Vajrasattva’s 100 syllable mantra:

ཨོཾ་བཛྲ་སཏྭ་ས་མ་ཡ་མ་ནུ་པཱ་ལ་ཡ། བཛྲ་སཏྭ་ཏྭེ་ནོ་པ་ཏིཥྛཱ། དྲྀ་ཌྷོ་མེ་བྷ་ཝ།
སུ་ཏོ་ཥྱོ་མེ་བྷ་ཝ། སུ་པོ་ཥྱོ་མེ་བྷ་ཝ། ཨ་ནུ་རཀྟོ་མེ་བྷ་ཝ། སརྦ་སིདྡྷིམྨེ་པྲ་ཡ་ཙྪ། སརྦ་ཀརྨ་སུ་ཙ་མེ ཙིཏྟཾ་ཤཱི་ཡཾ་ཀུ་རུ་ཧཱུྃ། ཧ་ཧ་ཧ་ཧ་ཧོཿ བྷ་ག་ཝཱན
སརྦ ཏ་ཐཱ་ག་ཏ་བཛྲ་མ་མེ་མུཉྩ། བཛྲི་བྷ་ཝ་མ་ཧཱ་ས་མ་ཡ་སཏྭ ཨཱཿ །། 
ཧཱུྂ ཕཊ༔

OM BENZA SATTO SAMAYA MANUPALAYA / BENZA SATTO TENO PATITHA / DRIDO ME BHAVA / SUTO KAYO ME BHAVA / SUPO KAYO ME BHAVA / ANURAKTO ME BHAVA / SARVA SIDDHI ME PRAYATSA / SARVA KARMA SU TSAME / TSITTAM SHRIYAM KURU HUM / HA HA HA HA HO / BHAGAVAN SARVA TATHAGATA / BENZA  MAME MUNTSA / BENZA BHAVA MAHA SAMAYA SATTO AH HUM PHET

**LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE 100 SYLLABLE MANTRA**

Om Vajrasattva, uphold your close bond. Bring it about that I remain closely with this Vajrasattva-hood. Bring it about that I am stable. Bring it about that I am happy. Bring it about that I am joyous. Bring it about that I am safeguarded. Bestow on me all actual attainments. Make all my actions excellent. Make the mind supreme – HUM. HA HA HA HA HO, Vanquishing Master Surpassing All, vajra state of all Thusly Gone Ones. Do not let me loose, O Vajra Being, being with the great bond. AH, HUM, PHAT.

Vajrasattva’s short mantra:

ཨོཾ་བཛྲ་སཏྭ་ཧཱུྂ།

OM BENZA SATTO HUM