I've had alot of recommendations to do Vajrasattva, and I am attracted to the practice, but need empowerment. At a retreat I was taught a Five Colors/Five Buddhas practice, and some breath work and there was some discussion about it being a purification practice.
I am wondering generally if Vajrasattva is thought to be THE effective purification practice, or is it more relative than that?
Right now I do mostly Shamatha/Vipassana on my own, prostrations of course, and then what I do at my center (queue obnoxious comment about Dharma centers here, or rather - don't;)) which consists of Green Tara and Chenrezig. I am wondering, is there a real standard for what counts as "purifying" and what does not, and if so..a brief explanation of why certain things are more effective would be appreciated.
I have no idea if that's inappropriate material for public consumption or to ask the question..if it is, i'd appreciate a PM from anyone willing to set me straight.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen