gregkavarnos wrote:When I received the oral instructions for the Vajrasattva practice (Karma Kagyu lama) she told me the same thing. What it is trying to say is that if one does not pruify even a trifling action of thought, body or speech then it becomes the basis on which similar actions can be executed thus developing into a habit that can then follow us through this life and into our next lives.
The other analogy used was using the four opposing powers to destroy negative actions before they become seeds, because after that, when they become sprouts, plants and finally trees, the effort required to uproot them becomes greater, exponentially.
Inge, do yourself a favour and find a good teacher, their explanations will help overcome negative reactions to statements like these.
PS Vajrasattva practice is not the only method to purify karma. There are also the 35 Confession Buddhas, Riwo Sang Cho, Heart Sutra practice, etc...
What can I do in order to find a teacher? I already go to the teachings that I know of where I live, and use whatever money I can afford to travel to teachings abroad.