Meditation Categories 9. Generating Bodhicitta

68. Preparation for Generating Bodhicitta III — Repentance

Longchen Nyingtik Meditation 68

The Beginning

Take refuge and arouse bodhicitta.

The Main Part

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.


Lastly, abide in a state of non-conceptualization in which there is no object of confession, no defilements confessed, and no confessor.

The Ending

Dedicate the merit in a state that everything is a dreamlike illusion.