68. Preparation for Generating Bodhicitta III — Repentance
Longchen Nyingtik Meditation 68
Take refuge and arouse bodhicitta.
In front of the representations of the Three Jewels with palms together, recall all the harmful actions you have done in all your lives from time without beginning, those you remember and those you don’t. For example: You have disrespected your parents, slandered Dharma teachers and Acharyas, slighted and calumniated Dharma friends and others. You have committed the ten negative actions, the five crimes with immediate retribution, and the five actions similar to the five crimes with immediate retribution. You have misappropriated funds donated to the Three Jewels and harbored stinginess and other perverted thoughts…
All these negative actions and downfalls gather together in the form of a black heap on your tongue, and you repent with fierce remorse. Visualize rays of light pouring forth from the representations of Three Jewels, touching the black pile and causing it to vanish like snow melting in the sun. As a result, all your defilements are cleansed without a trace.
Next, vow with the power of resolve: From now on, I will never commit the same misdeeds again. Recite the Hundred Syllable Mantra, The Confession of Downfalls to the Thirty-Five Buddhas, or other liturgies of repentance.
Dedicate the merit in a state that everything is a dreamlike illusion.