Confession

To repair any broken samaya with the Lama, we will now recite various prayers of confession. As you recite the verses, establish the power of regret and the resolve to maintain the purity of one’s ethical discipline.

[12] Confession of Root Downfalls

Pervasive Lord Vajrasattva, think of me!
Due to the many afflictions of ignorance and lack of faith,
Disturbing the mind of the glorious lama, disregarding his commands,
And showing anger towards my vajra brothers and sisters, [all of this] I [now] confess!

Abandoning the mind of love, forsaking bodhicitta,
Criticising lower tenets, proclaiming the secret to the unripened,
Despising the aggregates, making [others] uncertain about the Dharma,
And acting with hypocritical love; [all of this] I [now] confess!

Conceiving of the individual as the profound abode,
Propounding the faults of pure individuals, abandoning sacred substances,
Disrespecting women and so forth,
With remorse for committing these fourteen root downfalls, I [now] confess!

All violations of the samayas of the root branches of the Vajrayana such as
The samayas of the lama’s body, speech and mind and
The general and specific samayas of the five [Buddha] families and so forth,
I confess [them all] from my heart!

With the thorough purity of all faults, downfalls and stains,
Quickly progressing on the profound and sublime vajra path,
May I quickly attain in this very life, [the state of] Great Vajradhara, endowed with the seven aspects of union!

Instantly visualise the support of Vajrasattva Yab-Yum above the crown of your head. As you recite the mantra, imagine that blissful nectar washes through your body and clears away all negativities and broken samaya with the Lama.

OM SHRI VAJRA HERUKA SAMAYA MANUPALAYA | VAJRA HERUKA TENOPA | TISHTHA DRIDHO ME BHAVA | SUTOKAYO ME BHAVA | ANURAKTO ME BHAVA | SUPOKAYO ME BHAVA | SARVA SIDDHI MAME PRAYATSA | SARVA KARMA SU TSA ME | TSITAM SHREYANG KURU HUNG | HA HA HA HA HO | BHAGAVAN VAJRA HERUKA MAME MUNTSA | HERUKA BHAVA MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA AH HUM PHET (3x)

[13] General Confession of the Three Vows

Possessor of the exalted wisdom of omniscience, Glorious Vajrapani,
Buddhas together with the noble assembly of bodhisattvas,
Thinking of [this] magnificent exalted wisdom, expansive like space,
May I realise the excellent compassion of great mercy!

From beginningless time until now,
By the power of the many afflictions of ignorance and lack of faith,
[I confess] whatever outer, inner and secret trainings
Have gradually been contradicted [by my actions].

The root of the teachings [is] the discipline of individual liberation.
That which asserts the prescribed rules such as
The classes of remainders and defeats, the downfalls and so forth
Everything coarse and subtle, whatever has degenerated, I openly admit and confess!

The branches and leaves of the teachings [are] the disciplines of the perfections.
Committing the four black dharmas and the collection of misdeeds,
Whatever doesn’t enter spontaneously by the power of the mind,
I confess everything that tears the training [apart]!

The fruit of the teaching [is] the discipline of the Vajrayana.
The fourteen root downfalls, the eight transgressions and so forth,
From grasping however much of the infinite samayas,
However much I have degenerated, I confess it all [now]!

In brief, all breaches of individual [liberation], bodhicitta and mantra,
Regretting faults that were previously purified,
From this point forward, I will excellently bind my own mindstream,
With this remorse, purify the mind and grant the pure siddhis!

Again, visualise the nectar of Vajrasattva descending through your crown and purifying all negativities and obscurations:

OM SHRI VAJRA HERUKA SAMAYA MANUPALAYA | VAJRA HERUKA TENOPA | TISHTHA DRIDHO ME BHAVA | SUTOKAYO ME BHAVA | ANURAKTO ME BHAVA | SUPOKAYO ME BHAVA | SARVA SIDDHI MAME PRAYATSA | SARVA KARMA SU TSA ME | TSITAM SHREYANG KURU HUNG | HA HA HA HA HO | BHAGAVAN VAJRA HERUKA MAME MUNTSA | HERUKA BHAVA MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA AH HUM PHET (3x)