Some of us here at @happyops are working from home and this saves us the commute time each day of the week. Other people we know are in isolation or quarantine for 14 days. While we have more time at home we thought about doing Buddhist practices, which are important for the effect the Coronavirus having.
To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus we will do these Buddhist practices together “virtually” using video conferencing (like Skype and Zoom meetings) or phone conferencing (like WhatsApp or Apple calls). This will help to avoid face-to-face sessions.
We thought that purification practices would be suitable, with the proper motivation. This motivation includes bringing benefit all beings in the world, but particularly those experiencing the Coronavirus. One favourite purification practice is the Vajrasattva practice.
In the two articles below, Lama Zopa describes how there is always hope that the mind can be transformed by purifying the negative karma we have accumulated. With the Vajrasattva practice, we can purify not only the negative karma from today, but from this week, month, and the negative karma created in this life, as well as all previous lives. Furthermore, the Vajrasattva practice is important generally, in problems including sickness like the Coronavirus.
Doing Vajrasattva retreat is not simply about reciting the mantra and saying some prayers. It is about making the practice effective for your mind, making it the quickest, most powerful way to transform your mind.
- The Benefits of Vajrasattva Practice by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Benefits of Vajrasattva Practice by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Given how worthwhile the Vajrasattva practice is, this seems like an excellent way to use the time at home we have now. The Vajrasattva practice is available for free from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive in this booklet right here:
We hope that you are able to make your time at home worthwhile, however you make use of it.