The Sambhogakaya Buddha, Vajrasattva (Tib. Dorje Sempa), is the sovereign of all Buddha families and mandalas. The dzogchen lineage extends from Samantabhadra (Dharmakaya) to the five Buddha families and Vajrasattva, which is Samantabhadra’s own reflection.
Vajrasattva is a peaceful manifestation. Other manifestations of this Buddha are the semi-wrathful form Vajravidarana, the wrathful form Vajrapani and the extremely wrathful form Vajrakilaya. Vajrasattva symbolizes the fundamental purity (the Dharmakaya) and his nature cannot be expressed. It is used in ngöndro (preliminary practices) as a support to gather a great accumulation of merit and achieve complete purification of body, speech and mind.
Vajrasattva also has a special relationship with death. It is common to recite his mantra in order to help those who have just died so that, through the essential purity of the deity, they can purify their karma and favorable conditions for their future rebirth can be created. The Vajrasattva puja is one of the most beneficial practices for dedicate to those beings who are in the bardo transition, especially during the 49 days after their death, according to tradition.
Led by: Lama Yeshe Chödrön