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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2010, 06:25:02 pm »
Wow, this is all wonderful!  I am going to really study this practice, it looks deeply healing.  Also, do I need an empowerment to do this practice?

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Ogyen.
OC, I really enjoy this practice. However, if you are doing accumulations it can get pretty physical. I try to perform this practice daily, but occasionally my motivation falters. I do 105 full prostrations (3 for each Buddha). With the additional prostrations for refuge, mantra, and confessional prayer it tops out around 120+ per session. It takes me roughly 30-40 minutes. This includes 5-10 minutes breathing meditation, setting my motivation, reflecting on the Four Opponent Powers, and then the recitation.
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2010, 06:50:44 pm »
Here is a copy of the FPMT practice I perform. You can also prostrate to the medicine Buddhas in this practice. For the sake of brevity I did not include that segment. I am sure Greg's posts have more than adequately covered the practice, but you might check this one out.

The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls
Begin by visualizing the 35 confession buddhas in space on front of you.

Think of all the negative karma you have created in this and in all previous lives and generate the four oppo- nent powers in your mind.
 
To increase the benefit of each prostration, first prostrate three times while reciting with each prostration:

OM NAMO MANJUSHRIYE NAMAH SUSHRIYE NAMA UTTAMA SHRIYE SVAHA   (3x)

Continue to prostrate while reciting the names of the buddhas and the confession prayer.
I, (say your name) throughout all times, take refuge in the guru; I take refuge in the Buddha; I take refuge in the Dharma; I take refuge in the Sangha.   (3x)

To the Founder, Bhagavan, Tathagata, arhat, perfectly completed buddha, glorious conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Thoroughly Destroying with Vajra Essence, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Radiant Jewel, I prostrate.
To Tathagata King, Lord of the Nagas, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Army of Heroes, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Delighted Hero, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Jewel Fire, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Jewel Moonlight, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Meaningful to See, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Jewel Moon, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Stainless One, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Bestowed with Courage, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Pure One, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Bestowed with Purity, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Water God, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Deity of the Water God, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Goodness, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Sandalwood, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Infinite Splendor, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Light, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Sorrowless Glory, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Son of Non-craving, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Flower, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Pure Light Rays Clearly Knowing by Play, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Lotus Light Rays Clearly Knowing by Play, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Wealth, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Mindfulness, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Name Widely Renowned, I prostrate.
To Tathagata King Holding the Victory Banner of Foremost Power, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious One Totally Subduing, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Utterly Victorious in Battle, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Transcendence Through Subduing, I prostrate.
To Tathagata Glorious Manifestations Illuminating All, I prostrate.
To Tathagata All-Subduing Jewel Lotus, I prostrate.
To Tathagata, arhat, perfectly completed buddha, King of the Lord of
Mountains, Firmly Seated on Jewel and Lotus, I prostrate.   (3x)

Confession

All those [you thirty-five buddhas] and others, as many tathagatas, arhats, perfectly completed buddhas as there are existing, sustaining, and resid- ing in all the world systems of the ten directions; all you buddha-bhagavans, please pay attention to me.

In this life and in all the states of rebirth in which I have circled in samsara throughout beginningless lives, whatever negative actions I have created, made others create, or rejoiced in the creation of; whatever possessions of stupas, possessions of the Sangha, or possessions of the Sangha of the ten directions that I have appropriated, made others appropriate, or rejoiced in the appropriation of; whichever among the five actions of immediate (retribution) I have done, caused to be done, or rejoiced in the doing of; whichever paths of the ten non-virtuous actions I have engaged in, caused others to engage in, or rejoiced in the engaging in: whatever I have created, being obscured by these karmas causes me and sentient beings to be born in the hell realms, in the animal realm, and in the preta realm; in irreligious countries, as barbarians, or as long-life gods; with imperfect faculties, holding wrong views, or not being pleased with Buddha’s descent. In the presence of the buddha-bhagavans, who are transcendental wisdom, who are eyes, who are witnesses, who are valid, and who see with omniscient consciousness, I am admitting and confess- ing all these negativities, I will not conceal them nor hide them, and from now on in the future I will abstain and refrain from committing them again.

All buddha-bhagavans, please pay attention to me. In this life and in all other states of rebirth in which I have circled in samsara throughout beginningless lives, whatever roots of virtue I have created by generos- ity, even as little as giving just one mouthful of food to a being born in the animal realm; whatever roots of virtue I have created by guarding moral- ity; whatever roots of virtue I have created by following pure conduct; whatever roots of virtue I have created by fully ripening sentient beings; whatever roots of virtue I have created by generating bodhichitta; and whatever roots of virtue I have created by my unsurpassed transcendental wisdom: all these assembled and gathered, combined together, I fully dedi- cate to the unsurpassed, the unexcelled, that higher than the high, that superior to the superior. Thus, I completely dedicate to the highest, per- fectly complete enlightenment.Just as the previous buddha-bhagavans have fully dedicated, just as the future buddha-bhagavans will fully dedicate, and just as the presently abid- ing buddha-bhagavans are fully dedicating, like that I too dedicate fully.I confess all negativities individually. I rejoice in all the merits. I urge and implore all buddhas to grant my request: may I receive the highest, most sublime transcendental wisdom. To the conquerors, the best of humans — those who are living in the present time, those who have lived in the past, and those who will like- wise come — to all those who have qualities as vast as an infinite ocean, with hands folded, I approach for refuge.

Shorter General Confession

Woe is me!

O great guru Vajradhara, all other buddhas and bodhisattvas who abide in the ten directions, and all the venerable Sangha, please pay atten- tion to me.

I, who am named [say your ordination name], circling in cyclic existence since beginningless time until the present, overpowered by mental af- flictions such as attachment, aversion, and ignorance by means of body, speech, and mind have created the ten negative actions. I have engaged in the five actions of immediate retribution and the five parallel actions of immediate retribution. I have transgressed the vows of individual liberation, contradicted the trainings of bodhisattvas, and broken the secret mantra commitments. I have been disrespectful to my parents, have been disrespectful to my spiritual masters and to my abbot, and have been disrespectful to my companions sharing pure behavior. I have committed actions harmful to the Three Jewels, abandoned the holy Dharma, criticized the arya Sangha, harmed sentient beings, and so on. These and many other non-virtuous negative actions I have done, have caused others to do, and have rejoiced in others’ doing and so forth.

In the presence of the great guru Vajradhara, all the buddhas and bodhisattvas who abide in the ten directions, and the venerable Sangha, I admit this entire collection of faults and transgressions that are ob- stacles to my own higher rebirth and liberation and are causes of cyclic existence and miserable lower rebirths. I will not conceal them, and I accept them as negative. I promise to refrain from doing these actions again in the future. By confessing and acknowledging them, I will attain and abide in happiness, while by not confessing and acknowledging them, true happiness will not come.

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Re: 35 Confession Buddhas
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2010, 07:48:44 pm »
OC,

I'm not one for the metaphysics, but I have had this practice heal me.  I had a really tough job in the lab of a lead smelter working 8pm to 8am.  I worked a lot of overtime.  So, I don't know if I had a breakdown from the exhaustion or lead toxicity or both or what. 

Anyway, I just wasn't right.  When it peaked, I went to the doctor who referred me to a neurologist who just scratched his head and told me I had writer's cramp or some ****.  So, I just let it be.  I could still function more than I could afford the copay.

It was at this point that I was introduced to 35 Confession Buddhas.  I was told by the nun that it would heal me, she personally guaranteed it.

She was right.  I don't know why.  I could rationalize it by saying it was visual, neurological, meditative, blathering, whatever.  But I really don't care.  It's kind of therapeutic to just believe.  Does that make sense? 

At the worst, what could it hurt?  Teach your daughter as well!

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Re: 35 Confession Buddhas
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2010, 09:06:24 pm »
OC,

I'm not one for the metaphysics, but I have had this practice heal me.  I had a really tough job in the lab of a lead smelter working 8pm to 8am.  I worked a lot of overtime.  So, I don't know if I had a breakdown from the exhaustion or lead toxicity or both or what. 

Anyway, I just wasn't right.  When it peaked, I went to the doctor who referred me to a neurologist who just scratched his head and told me I had writer's cramp or some ****.  So, I just let it be.  I could still function more than I could afford the copay.

It was at this point that I was introduced to 35 Confession Buddhas.  I was told by the nun that it would heal me, she personally guaranteed it.

She was right.  I don't know why.  I could rationalize it by saying it was visual, neurological, meditative, blathering, whatever.  But I really don't care.  It's kind of therapeutic to just believe.  Does that make sense? 

At the worst, what could it hurt?  Teach your daughter as well!

 :twocents:

 
I think I can second that. I am an amateur athlete who has suffered from chronic patellar tendonitis for the last year and a half. I have lived with the condition or been able from time to time to get it into a remissive state. In this practice initially it irritated my knee and I figured that all the prostrations would only keep the condition lingering. However, I would like to report that I have no pain in my knee at all. Who would have thought. Sounds ridiculous, right?
Shaun :namaste:

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« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2010, 09:24:50 pm »
Hayzeus - is that something to do with refuge - words words words - I don't know any lamas who would do the whole thousand Buddhas.  Not that it's not beautiful - it reminds of of having sex in tahiti.  





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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2010, 09:30:22 pm »
Well T a real lama - once told me my meditation was hanging out at bars.  I guess my confession occurs spontaneously when I get sloppy.  But he becomes a monster a real Rude Rudra. Arararararararrr.  But I forgive abd forget.

If you have spine problems theres a good medicine called Baclofen - look it up.   Buddha confessin as mystical as anything failed to keep both my dearest lamas from the Hospitals in California. And they still died.

The only one I know who is still alive is Jamgon Kongtrul - but as I am likely to brag - I have extra crappy sainthood possibility so just ignire my claptrap.


 For repeated negative comments about a lama 'T', for which he has already been warned.   For describing the lama as one who'coldcocked' him etc etc.  Here is the PM sent:

'Your recent posts have warranted another warning for a repeat of your comments on Lama T.

I am concerned that you may be unaware of our strong focus on Right Speech.  Here are some of the examples:

''My lama doesn't mod - he thinks the whole moderation of internet is sick.''

You repeated your story about the lama who 'coldcocked' you, and added:
'Well T a real lama - once told me my meditation was hanging out at bars.  I guess my confession occurs spontaneously when I get sloppy.  But he becomes a monster a real Rude Rudra. Arararararararrr.  But I forgive abd forget.'

You have already received a warning about this.

''I can't tell you how many potential Buddhists E-Sangha scared off, moreover they have spawned rebel groups and made people hate Buddha.'

''dzogchenpoas are lazy as anything and love their meat beer and sex''

Please stop making negative comments about Lamas and other practitioners.

Yeshe'

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Re: 35 Confession Buddhas
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2010, 10:21:26 pm »
I'm not sure whether to laugh or gong you off. LOL.
I hope all is well with you friend.
With peace and loving kindness,
Shaun

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Re: 35 Confession Buddhas
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2010, 11:57:44 pm »
Dear Lhundrup,

You may be wrong, or you may be right or you may just may...

The point (to be blunt) is that words are just words as you stated (and here the zen strory of the patriarch master huifeng and the moon comes to mind) but the attitude which accompanies the words (on the behalf of the practitioner) is what is of importance.  If these words inspire the practitioner enough maybe they can heal, maybe they can lead to enlightenment, maybe they can brew up a super double espresso.

Healing is a mysterious procedure, part mental, part karma, part medicine... and although it is sad that two of your teachers died (long life to JK!) to say that confession Buddha practice does not heal is as silly as saying that it will heal!  Maybe the practice did not heal your teachers bodies but what did it do for their mind?
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