Gyalwang Karmapa Gives Two Short Teachings: The Sutra in Three Sections and King of Aspirations: The Noble Aspiration for Excellent Conduct
The Sutra in Three Sections
During the first session His Holiness gave a short teaching on this prayer, before it was recited as part of the thirteenth section–Confession of Wrongdoing–of the Twenty Branch Monlam. This prayer is used particularly for confession and purification following transgressions against vows, especially downfalls of the bodhisattva vow. There is a story which tells how a group of monks, thirty-five in all, killed a child by accident one day, when they were on their alms round. In their horror at taking a life, they went to one of the Buddha’s close disciples, Upali, and asked him to ask the Buddha for a method to confess and purify the deed. The Buddha responded by speaking this sutra. As he did so, light radiated from his body and thirty four other buddhas appeared around him. The monks prostrated, took refuge, made offerings, confessed their misdeed and their vows were restored.
The Gyalwang Karmapa began by recounting Read the rest of this article