Mahabala Heruka Sadhana

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Mahabala Heruka Sadhana

Start by praying for the root lineage blessing: First empty the mind. Next, visualize the Root Lineage Guru Living Buddha Lian-sheng appearing above your crown and radiating light on everyone present. Chant the Root Lineage Guru Heart Mantra 7 times. Pray to the Root Lineage Guru to empower you so that the practice will be auspicious.

Homage to Mahabala

Engender the Four Immeasurable Minds: Visualize your parents, children, relatives, friends, and enemies join you in this practice.

Wake-Up Call: Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.

  1. Recite the Purification Mantras and Earth God Mantra
  2. Recite the Invocation Mantra
  3. Tender the Great Homage with Visualization
  4. Mandala Offering
  5. Fourfold Refuge
  6. Recite the Repentance Verse and Mantra
  7. Recite the Four Immeasurable Vows
  8. Armor Protection
  9. Recite the Bodhicitta Verse and Mantra
  10. Recite the High King Avalokitesvara Sutra (1 time).
  11. Recite the Rebirth Mantra (7 times).
  12. Mudra and Visualization
    Mahabala Heruka Mudra : Form the Tarjani Mudra by holding both the right and left hands in front of the chest and facing outwards as shown in the diagram below.
    Illustration of mudra:

    Mahabala Mudra
    Mahabala Mudra

    Seed Syllable:


    Visualization: First empty the mind

    Guru Performs Mahabala Mudra

    Chant the Emptiness Mantra:
    Om, si-ba-wa, su-da, sa-er-wa, da-er-ma, si-ba-wa, su-do-hang. (3 times)
    (1) A lotus emerges from the syllable 「bang」”bang.” Within the lotus is a sun disc. In the center of the sun disc is a red syllable 「hum_1」”hum.” (In visualizing the color of the ”hum” syllable, red represents love and respect; blue, subjugation; white, purity; and yellow, enrichment.)
    (2) The 「hum_1」”hum” syllable emits red light. Four-armed red Mahabala appears within the light with his left leg stretched outward while his right leg is bent.
    One of his four arms holds a staff – to knock enemies out.
    One of his four arms holds a lasso – to bind.
    One of his four arms holds a whisk – to sweep away karmic hindrances.
    One of his four arms forms the Tarjani Mudra – to express subjugation.
    (3) Mahabala has one face and four arms. His golden hair stands straight up and is bound with snakes. His fangs are exposed. He wears a tiger skin skirt and sunlight jewels on his crown with Amitabha as his crown ornament.
    (There are five sunlight jewels which are white, very white. Above each of the sunlight jewels is an Amitabha)
    Like a ruby, this deity radiates light of a red ”hum” in all directions invoking deities of the universe.
    (4) Mahabala again radiates light which shines over one’s body. One then transforms into Mahabala.
    (This deity is like a precious gem; red as a ruby, blue as a sapphire, yellow as a citrine gemstone, and white as a diamond. The light of the ”hum” syllable radiates outward invoking deities of the universe. The light then shines directly on oneself. With ”om-ah-hum” one transforms into Mahabala.)

  13. Recite the Mahabala Heruka Heart Mantra (108 times):
  14. Nine Cycle Breathing Exercise and Entering Samadhi
  15. Emerging from Samadhi
    Praise Verse:
    Mahabala the wrathful king
    A jewel-like body red as a ruby
    Whose only thought is to subjugate evil
    I pay homage to mighty Mahabala
  16. Recite the Principal Heart Mantras
  17. Recite the Buddha’s Name (3 times)
    Namo the 36 trillion 119 thousand and 500 Amitabha Buddhas.
  18. Dedication
  19. Recite the Hundred Syllable Mantra (3 times)
  20. Tender the Great Homage with Visualization (same as step 3)
  21. Recite the Completion Mantra
    Om, Bu Lin. (3 times)
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

Dismissal: Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.

End of Practice: May all endeavors be auspicious.


  1. Visualize Mahabala’s color according to the deity one intends to invoke: red for love and respect; blue for subjugation; white for purification; or yellow for enrichment.
  2. One may dedicate the merit of the Mahabala practice in two ways:
    a. To strike and bind one’s enemies;
    b. To lightly tap and bind one’s love interest to oneself.
    Mahabala is able to subjugate enemies and sweep away karmic hindrances. He can subjugate all opponents.
    Mahabala can also accomplish love and respect. He can change someone who is not attracted to oneself into someone who has feelings for oneself.
    (Because Mahabala is a mighty heruka the methods of practice are relatively aggressive.)
  3. The greatest benefits of this practice are:
    A strong and healthy body
    Impressive in every way
    A mighty heruka
    Being invincible
    (the ability to accomplish any wish.)

Tarjani Mudra: both the right and left hands are held in front of the chest and facing outward.

An empowerment must be received from Living Buddha Lian-sheng or an authorized True Buddha School master before engaging in this particular sadhana.

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