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Purifying Negative Karma Advice Video: How to Purify Obstructions and Defilements with Vajrasattva Practice and Other Buddhist Meditations, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche (center) surrounded by students at a teaching in Tibetan Buddhist Society Temple in Perth, Australia March 2017. Rinpoche tours extensively to deliver precious teachings. He is in Mongolia currently, and will be in Vancouver in April 2017 at Zuru Ling and in Toronto in May at Gaden Choling.

In the eighth in a Buddhist practice video series, “Advice from the Teachers”, the Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, Spiritual Head of Gaden for the West Centers, answers a student’s question [play video below]:

What practical advice would you give to a new student to purify their mental difilements and bad karma? Can you speak about Vajrasattva purification?

[Transcript below video]

Play video here:



Zasep Rinpoche: “Purification for a beginner. There are two types of purification. Purification according to Sutra, and purification according to Tantra.

According to Sutra, basically, meditation itself is the purification. According to Pali tradition its called ‘Visudimada’, Path of Purification, and you meditate every day, cultivate awareness, mindfulness — that would be very good for purifying the mind.

Also, I would suggest one should practice ‘Metta’ and ‘Karuna’, loving kindness. Meditate on love and compassion, for yourself, for others. That will purify our mental defilements and purify our karma.

According to Tantra, one of the most powerful purifications is meditations on Vajrasattva. Recite the mantra of Vajrasattva, the 100-syllable mantra [mantra below transcript]. If you don’t have initiation, you can say the mantra, no problem, you can visualize Vajrasattva in front of you. [Or] Above your crown, as well.

To help purify and meditate on our obscurations, negative karmas and obstacles, Rinpoche recommends Vajrasattva meditation. Visualize Vajrasattva (pictured above) over your head or in front of you, with white light or nectar coming from his heart into your body through the crown of your head. Realize and imagine that the nectar purifies all negativities.

Imagine — as you say the mantra — imagine purifying nectar coming from the heart of Vajrasattva, and the nectar enters through your your crown [of your head] and enters into your body, first purifying the body. The nectar flowing down through the body. And as if flows down it purifies all the bodily karmas: disease, sickness, unwholesome karmas of the past, unwholesome karmas of the bodies are purified. Say the mantra, lets say 21 times.
Then you do the purification again, this time purifying the speech, the speech karmas. This time, the nectar comes down from the heart of Vajrasattva dissolves into you, into your body, and slowly fills up your body, and then [you visualize] the unwholesome karmas of the speech coming out from the mouth. They are expelled. Gone. Imagine your speech karma is purified.

The third time, nectar comes down from Vajrasattva’s heart, dissolving into you directly into your heart, and then you mind is purified, mental karmas such as fear, attachment, ignorance, and confusion disappear, are dispersed. Disappeared straight from your heart. This is very powerful.

Say the mantra, the 100-syllable mantra of Vajrasattva, and then imagine Vajrasattva becoming smaller and smaller entering through your crown and dissolving into your heart. Imagine Vajrasattva is always with you as a personal yidam deity. This is very powerful way to purify your body, speech and mind. There are other purifications, but I think this is good enough for the beginner.”

In Part 9 of this Series, students ask Rinpoche the question: “What advice do you have for senior (advanced) students for their daily practice? Can you merge practices to simplify?”

100-Syllable Vajrasattva Mantra for Purification of Negative Karmas and Obstructions

Lovely sung version of Sanskrit 100-syllable mantra (text and explanation below video):



Sanskrit version of 100-syllable mantra (with more extensive English translation; for shorter English translation see Tibetan version below. Should be chanted in Sanskrit or Tibetan, not English.)

Note: For pronunciation there are generally no long vowels, so “a” is always ‘ah”, “e” is usually “eh” sound, and “i” is usually “ee”sound, “u” is “ew”. For example “anupalaya” would be pronounced “ah-new-pah-lah-yah.” Also, “sh” or “th” is always pronounce “s-h” or “t-h” separated. A soft “sh” s is indicated by Ṣ or Ś.

For example, “TVENOPATIṢṬHA” is pronounced “T-ven-oh-pah-teesh-t-ha” (ending in “ha” not “tha”). Likewise, for “Phat” this is pronounced “puh – hat” (p, then hat) but as an forceful exhalation. For guidance listen to the video below.

oṃ vajrasattva

The most excellent exclamation of praise, the qualities of Buddha’s holy body, speech, and mind; all that is precious and auspicious. Vajrasattva, you whose wisdom is inseparable bliss-emptiness,

samayam anupālaya

And whose pledge must not be transgressed, lead me along the path you took to enlightenment,

vajrasattva tvenopatiṣṭha

Make me abide close to your holy vajra mind,

dṛḍho me bhava

Please grant me a firm and stable realization of the ultimate nature of phenomena,

sutoṣyo me bhava

Please grant me the blessing of being extremely pleased and satisfied with me,

supoṣyo me bhava

Bless me with the nature of well-developed great bliss,

anurakto me bhava

Bless me with the nature of love that leads me to your state,

sarvasiddhiṃ me prayaccha

Please grant me all-powerful attainments,

sarvakarmasu ca me cittaṃ śreyaḥ kuru

Please grant me all virtuous actions and your glorious qualities,


Seed syllable of the vajra holy mind, the heart essence and seed syllable of Vajrasattva,

ha ha ha ha hoḥ

Seed syllables of the four immeasurables, the four empowerments, the four joys, the four kayas, and the five wisdoms,

bhagavan sarvatathāgatavajra

You, who are the vajra of all who have destroyed every obscuration, of all who have attained all realizations, of all who have passed beyond suffering, and of all who have realized emptiness and know things just as they are,

mā me muñca


Do not abandon me,

vajrī bhava

Grant me the nature of indestructible union, the realization of your vajra nature,


You, the great pledge being with the holy vajra mind,


Make me one with you. Syllable of uniting in non-duality.


Syllable of the wisdom of great bliss.


Syllable that clarifies the wisdom of inseparable bliss-emptiness and destroys the dualistic mind that obstructs realization.


Very nice video chanting in Tibetan version (text below video):


Tibetan version of 100-syllable mantra with pronunciation and English (rough) translation (Should not generally be chanted in English. This is just for reference):


In advanced Vajrasattva practice, we visualize the full 100-syllable mantra in Tibetan characters surrounding the seed syllable Hum, emitting purifying light and nectar from the heart of Vajrasattva.

Syllable of the most supreme exclamation of praise.

Vajrasattva’s Samaya

O Vajrasattva, protect the samaya.

May you remain firm in me.

Grant me complete satisfaction.

Grow within me (increase the positive within me).

Be loving towards me.

Grant me all the accomplishments,

As well as all the activities.

Make my mind virtuous.


As you chant the mantra, visualize white light or nectar coming from Vajrasattva and entering your body, purifying all negativities.

Syllable of the heart essence, the seed syllable of Vajrasattva.

Syllables of the four immeasurables, the four empowerments, the four joys, and the four kāyas.

Syllable of joyous laughter in them.

Bhagawan, who embodies all the Vajra Tathāgatas,

Do not abandon me.

Grant me realization of the vajra nature.

O great Samayasattva


Previous Buddha Weekly Advice From the Teachers Videos:

Video 1: Advice for Students on Karma>>

Video 2: Advice for Students dealing with loss of a loved one>>

Video 3: Advice for Students coping with memory loss, Alzheimers or early dementia>>

Video 4: Advice for Students coping with the loss of a beloved pet>>

Video 5: Advice for Students coping with aggressive illnesses such as cancer, looking for supportive practices>>

Video 6: Advice for the New Student to Buddhism>>

Video 7: Advice for Keeping Motivated in Your Daily Practice>>

Video 9: Advice for Advanced Vajrayana Students on Managing Commitments>>

Teaching schedule Zasep Tulku Rinpoche 2017


Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaching in Mongolia Yurt 2017
Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is currently teaching in Mongolia (photo of teaching in a traditional yurt (tent) April 2017), after several weeks of intense teachings all over Australia. in April he will be teaching in Zuru Ling Vancouver, and beginning May 20, Rinpoche will teach at Gaden Choling Toronto for two weeks in 2017.


Vancouver, Canada

Rinpoche will be teaching at Zuru Ling, Vancouver in April: “Zuru Ling is extremely pleased to announce that our precious teacher Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche will be teaching in Vancouver in April 2017:

  • How to do personal retreat, setting up an altar and torma making. Wednesday April 26th, 2017 starting at 7 til 9 pm.
  • Green Tara Initiation – Friday 28th April starting at 7 til 9 pm.
  • Black Manjushri Initiation – Saturday 29th April 2 til 4 pm.
  • Teaching on healing and protection of the Black Manjushri practise – Sunday 30th April starting 10 am til 4 pm.
  • Information: Zuru Ling website>>


Teaching Schedule of Zasep Tulku Rinpoche for spring 2017 at Gaden Choling Toronto, Canada.


Toronto, Canada

Rinpoche will be at Gaden Choling in Toronto, Canada in May for two weeks.

  • Mahamudra teachings: Saturday, May 20th, 10am to 5pm
  • Lama Chopa Guru Yoga: Sunday May 21st, 10am to 5pm
  • Hayagriva Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation: Thursday, May 25th, 7pm to 9pm
  • Green Tara: Friday, May 26th, 7pm to 9pm
  • Black Manjushri Initiation: Saturday May 27th 2-5pm
  • Black Manjushri Practice and Commentary (requires initiation) Sunday May 28th, 10am-5pm
  • Information to be posted soon at Gaden Choling website>>

About Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Rinpoche is popularly known for his approachable teaching style, strong humor and teachings based on a long lineage of great lamas. His own gurus included the most celebrated of Gelug teachers: His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Thupten Wanggyel, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche and Venerable Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche.

Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the United States and Canada. He was first invited to teach in Australia by Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1976.

More on Zasep Tulku Rinpoche>>

Gaden for the West Meditation Centres


  • Vajra Ling, Uralla, N.S.W.
  • Losang Gyalwa Mandala, Sydney, N.S.W.
  • Tenzing Ling Centre, Quamaa, N.S.W.
  • Dorje Ling Retreat Centre, Lorina Valley, Tasmania


United States

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