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Kurukulla Unification Sadhana
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Revised & approved by Guru Yutang Lin
Edited through Imitation by Disciple Jing Xing
Arrange offerings as usual.
Do prostration three times.
Ascend the seat and practice in accordance with the sadhana as follows:
Fold palms together and sincerely recite:
In a blink the swift changes of impermanence may arrive,
Sentient beings are drifting in the ocean of suffering,
This altruistic session born of sober clarity is all too precious,
For all beings this sadhana is practiced to realize Compassionate Embrace Mother.
2. Original Purity
Rest the hands in Dhyana mudra, and silently recite three times:
All things are conditional phenomena,
Mutually dependent and coexistent;
Renouncing antagonistic discriminations,
All appear as original purity in oneness.
Visualize the whole Dharmadhatu return to original purity, and appear as boundless sky-blue light.
Visualize that all the four classes of saints and the six realms of sentient beings appear from this blue light.
Visualize that one's father and mother are to the right and left side, all beings related to one through past karma to the front, and the rest of the sentient beings behind. Among the six realms of sentient beings behind one, those in hells who need salvation most are closest to one, then are the other beings in the order of hungry ghosts, animals, humans, asuras, and finally the heavenly beings. All sentient beings are facing the same direction as the practitioner.
Visualize that in the space in front of the practitioner are all the holy beings: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arahats, Pratyeka-Buddhas, Dharma Protectors, etc. At the center is the red Kurukulla , with the red four-arm Chenrezig presiding in the space above Kurukulla, and they are surrounded by all holy beings of the Western Pureland of Utmost Joy. These are in turn surrounded by layers after layers of all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and holy beings of all other Purelands. With great compassion all holy beings look attentively at all the sentient beings below.
4. Taking Refuge
Fold palms together and sincerely recite three times the following refuge formula while visualizing that all sentient beings are gazing with admiration at Kurukulla in the sky and recite together in unison:
I take refuge in the Vajra Guru.
I take refuge in Kurukulla.
I take refuge in thorough Buddha Dharma.
I take refuge in holy beings of Bodhi.
Visualize that all holy beings are rejoicing over sentient beings' ability to recognize and choose the path toward liberation. Kurukulla, on behalf of all holy beings, grants refuge to all sentient beings. From the heart chakra of Kurukulla rays of red light radiates forth to each and every sentient being. In this way each sentient being's bad karma is eradicated, merits increased, and Bodhicitta nurtured. This ray of red light then stays, like a candle flame, in the heart of the sentient being, shines forth the light of Bodhi, and sheds light on the right path of Bodhi forever.
Visualize that all sentient beings take delight in participating the making of extensive and long-term offerings and donations, and that they join the practitioner in reciting in unison the following stanza:
Filling the whole Dharmadhatu with treasures,
Pouring all attainments of the wisdom path,
Offered without reluctance nor omission;
Beg to accept out of compassion and empathy,
Exhibit skillful display of the wondrous Dharma,
Salvage without neglect nor omission.
Visualize that all holy beings are delighted by the Bodhicitta which is the pure motivation underlying these offerings, and therefore gladly accept and enjoy the offerings. Each and every holy being obtains complete enjoyment of all sorts. All holy beings emit lights in blue, white, yellow, red and green color that enlighten the whole Dharmadhatu and give blessings to all sentient beings. Then all holy beings other than the red four-arm Chenrezig and Kurukulla transform into lights and merge into the red four-arm Chenrezig. And then the red four-arm Chenrezig also transforms into light that descends through the top of Kurukulla and merges into Kurukulla's heart chakra.
Recite with ardent devotion and may use accompanying Dharma instruments such as bell, drum, inverted bell (Yin Qing) and wooden fish; visualize that all sentient beings join the practitioner in ardently reciting in unison the following praise:
The happiness of one-taste of all things is on your merciful face.
The floral bow and arrow in your hands will induce all beings.
The hook stick has merits to gather all bliss of Buddhas and Dakinis.
The hook rope is wisely employed to draw in all kinds of beings.
Adorned with beautiful floral garland and having wondrous family,
You are loved dearly by all who sees your image or hears your mantra!
The patriarch that served you was inspired to be the national Guru.
For such a holy Karma may your holiness grant me all the blessings!
Great compassion, responding to sentient beings' capacities, exerts inducing
Thousands of ways and hundreds of plans employed in enticing and converting
Unless all sentient beings have comprehended and attained full enlightenment
Thorough and detailed guidance and encouragement will never cease to function
Supreme merits and wisdom of all Buddhas are hooked by you to spread to all beings
Deluded thoughts and biased inclinations of beings are shot down by your floral arrows
Your ropes of compassion wind around and around lest beings go astray or fall behind
Your joyful countenance attracts beings into practice and realization of lively application
Mother Buddha of great wisdom, displaying all kinds of ingenious and skillful means
Countless Dharma sons and daughters will all take refuge in you and the Triple Gems
Skull crown of Five Wisdoms, human-head necklace to adorn your body,
Floral arrow on a full bow, nowhere in the Dharmadhatu cannot be reached.
Merciful face full of joy, Sunyata Pleasures relieve hindrances and hardships,
New animosity and old grudges, all evaporated outside the Three Realms.
Guan Yin engaging in inducing and conversion, applying tender approaches as need be,
Hooked stick and hooked rope, bring in beings from afar and attract beings nearby.
Surrounded by embrace so warm, and under gazes so tender,
Bliss of harmony simply thaws and melts, and all sentient beings take refuge in Thee!
Visualize that Kurukulla, upon hearing this praise, is very pleased by the right faith of the practitioner and the sentient beings. Kurukulla emits bright red lights from her heart chakra shining through the whole Dharmadhatu and giving blessings to all sentient beings. Then Kurukulla sprinkles showers of nectar upon sentient beings to purify their karma of body, speech and mind. The nectar is also granted for sentient beings to drink in order to nourish their wisdom and expand their lifespan.
Visualize that, through the nectar blessing of Kurukulla, all sentient beings in the whole Dharmadhatu have returned to the original purity; they all transform and merge into a boundless sky-blue light. Kurukulla, having thus purified all sentient beings, also transforms and merges into this light of original purity. The whole Dharmadhatu becomes a limitless and indiscriminative Oneness.
In this vast expanse of blue brilliance, suddenly there appears a karma vajra. Above the karma vajra, there appears a magnificent Dharma seat supported by eight lions. Then above the seat there appears, one after the other and one above the other, a lotus, a moon cushion and a sun cushion. At the center of the sun cushion there appears a red seed word "Hrih" standing upright. Hrih transforms into Kurukulla with red brilliant rainbow body, appearing as a teenage maiden, who has one face, three eyes, four arms and complete with all adornments of a Sambhogakaya. Her red-orange hair streams upwards, she wears a crown of five skulls, a necklace of fifty freshly severed human heads. Her earrings, bracelets, necklaces, armlets, anklelets, etc. are ornaments of bone and jewels. Her first left hand holds a red upala flower bow and her first right hand holds an arrow, decorated with red upala flower, in shooting position and stretches the bow to its full. Her second right hand holds a red upala flower hook upwards, and her second left hand holds a rope of red upala flower downwards. She wears a tiger-skin skirt, standing in a dancing posture with the right leg drawn up and the left leg pressing on the heart area of the corpse of a female demon. She is completely surrounded by a circle of burning flames of wisdom fire, emitting great bright red lights. In the heart chakra of Kurukulla there is a lotus, above which is a moon cushion, and a sun cushion atop. Standing upright at the center of this sun cushion is a red seed word "Hrih,". Evenly distributed around and above the circumference of the sun cushion are the words constituting the Heart Mantra of Kurukulla. All words of this mantra wheel are red in color and are arranged clockwise in their regular order (as in the diagram below).
The Mantra Wheel of Kurukulla's Heart Mantra
Weng Gu Lu Gu Li Ye Suo Ha
Recite the Heart Mantra and simultaneously visualize that the mantra wheel in the heart chakra is spinning. The word Hrih at the center remains still. The mantra wheel spins counterclockwise (left spin) with ever increasing speed. After a long while of spinning, the mantra wheel gradually slows down until it comes to a complete stop.
As the mantra wheel spins, it simultaneously emits waves of red light spreading in all directions throughout the whole Dharmadhatu. With each wave of red light countless numbers of transformations of the Kurukulla are sent forth. These Kurukullas surf the waves of light to all corners of the Dharmadhatu in order to salvage all sorts of sentient beings.
9. One Breath
With mouth closed and tongue touching the upper front palate, practice deep breathing through the nostrils. While inhaling visualize that the ignorance, sinful karma, sickness, suffering, sorrows, karmic hindrances, etc., of all sentient beings are transforming into foul and black air, and yet are inhaled by Kurukulla out of great compassion. While holding the breath visualize that all such foul and black air has been purified by the profound wisdom and countless merits of Kurukulla into clean and fresh air of wisdom and compassion which will nourish the wisdom life of each and every sentient being. While exhaling visualize that this clean and fresh air of wisdom and compassion permeates the whole Dharmadhatu, nourishing and maturing all sentient beings so that they would open and expand their minds and attain full enlightenment soon.
Having merged through the communion in one breath of Kurukulla and all sentient beings, Kurukulla and sentient beings transform into light and become one in the brilliant blue light of original purity. The nominal distinction between "Mother-Buddha" and "sentient being" gradually fades away. The whole Dharmadhatu again appears as limitless blue brilliance.
From this brightness of original purity Kurukulla appears in human form as the practitioner to facilitate teaching and salvaging sentient beings in this world in accordance with their various aptitudes and conditions. Then Kurukulla descends from the seat. Afterwards Kurukulla employs the form, speeches and activities of the practitioner to expand ingenious contrivances in limitless fashions toward the compassionate salvation of all sentient beings.
The day (August 28, 2008) before yesterday, I received a letter from Ven. Khoo Poh Kong of Taiping , West? Malaysia. He presented to me a short letter from Guru Lin which was written on March 2, 1982, and the manuscript which Patriarch Guru Chen enjoined to combine the rituals of Sakyamuni Buddha, White Supreme Pleasure Vajra, kurukulla, and Six-arm Mahakala, as taken from "Mi Cheng Fa Hai (Dharma Ocean of Tantrayana)," into one booklet, and entitle it as "Collection of Four Rituals of Guru, Yidam, Dakini and Dharmapala." After reading it, I was pleased to request Guru Lin to compose a "Sadhana of Kurukulla," based on such a ritual, for our daily practice.
Yesterday((August 29, 2008)), Guru Lin told me to imitate "White Tara Unification Sadhana" and to adopt the praises of Guru Chen and himself in composing a "Kurukulla Unification Sadhana" for his revision and approval. As the causal conditions dictate, I just respectfully obey Guru's instruction to reverently compose this Sadhana. May all sentient beings be granted the blessing of Mother-Buddha so that their merits and wisdom increase and their attainment of realization arrive soon!
Note: Red Chenrezig is the Sambhogakaya of Guan Yin, with the epithet, "Supreme Ocean of Great Compassion," which means that the compassionate will power of Guan Yin is as limitless as a supreme and incredible ocean. His body is red in color, with one face and four arms. The first two hands folded together before his chest, holding the wish-fulfilling gem. As to the second pair of hands, the right hand holds a coral mala, and the left hand holds a red lotus. He wears the Five-Buddha crown, Bodhisattva outfits of silk, and gems and jewels ornaments, sitting on a sun and a moon cushion above a lotus seat.
Edited in Chinese on August 30, 2008 (Holy Birthday of Earth Treasure Bodhisattva)
Translated into English on September 3, 2008
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Original Message -----
From: "Yutang Lin"
To: "Dharma Friends"
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 2:23 AM
Disciple Jing Xing offered an English version.
I had reviewed it and done much revision.
The revised file attached.
May all beings attain Enlightenment soon!