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Revelation of the Great Enlightener Golden Crown Dharma King
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Once you bow to a master and take refuge with him, you must listen to the master’s words, respect the master, and make offerings to the master. Esoteric Buddhism teaches the attainment of Buddhahood with this body. In other words, to attain awakening in this one lifetime, you will not wait until the next lifetime. You want to become a Buddha, and then it must be based on the foundation of great merit. How do you become a great one of merit? A Buddha sees every being as his own father and his own mother. When from the bottom of your heart you are able to see every being as your own father and mother then you will be able to bear whether praise or criticism from anybody. Slowly you will learn to forgive others. Over time you will begin to develop patience and tolerance. But realize this, the wisdom of patience and tolerance is only the beginning foundation to become a great one of merit. Best wishes to both of you to attain enlightenment soon.
Let me say a few things, most of you don’t understand. I remember the other day I spoke about the origin of the Mahavairocana or the great enlightener dharma king. Some people still don’t really know well enough about the eastern culture. When I say some people don’t really know that well about eastern culture, I don’t mean the Americans only, also for the easterners, they don’t know enough of eastern culture. In addition I want to say a little bit about the power of esoteric dharma.
Why such…dharma has such power? Today, I want to cover these two points. Pay attention and listen carefully. Any questions you may ask afterwards. The great enlightener dharma king, or the term refers to Mahavairocana, has not revealed in this world for 1443 years. Let me say this as a statement of fact. Excluding the Tibetan schools. Of the Chinese lineage for the past 1400 or so years not one has ever attained to the Living Buddhahood. Such well-known monks, for example, modern day Xing Yuan…quite well known internationally. This is only a name, its not attainment.
China has her own 10 most revered monks, they are just elders. That does not represent their attainment. Why do I say that does not represent their real attainment? Put it very simply, if you want to give someone a title of revered monk, that person must attain, or wake up. If the person has yet to wake up, no matter what title he has, he is not a revered monk. People all know that for example, Bodhidharma was a worthy revered monk because he had attained awakening.
Modern day so called highly respected monks, who actually woke up? Why is that they are unable to really wake up? Because they continue to place themselves under limitations, continue to be limited by the conditions of their environment. Simply because their teachers were not even awakened. How can the students awaken before the teacher? Simply their teacher has yet to arrive at the other shore of awakening. How are they going to know what this other shore looks like?
Use the analogy, if their teacher only graduated from elementary school, can an elementary school student teach at a college level? Many of these so-called highly respected monks, simply is publicity, understanding about taking opportunities to make their names well known. In the Tibetan lineage or the Tibetan/Mongolian lineage, all these Rinpoches the historical well-known ones they have been around for over 1000 years. In the Chinese lineage it’s different.
When the Buddhist, when in the Buddhist circles, when they learned about the revelation of the great enlightener dharma king or Mahavairocana, it’s quite earth shaking news for them. Right now it’s only the beginning; the earth shaking news has already reached all of China, including Tibet and Mongolia. There are 4 well-known famous pilgrimage mountains in China, Buddhist homage places. All these well-known so-called revered monks, when they learned this news, they were also in awe. Internationally I can also tell you, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, they are also learning this news. At this moment there are many, many practitioners and monks from Sri Lanka, India and Nepal going to China, wanting to find out and meet in person for themselves the great enlightener dharma king. Most of them going over the border on foot by walking.
Real Buddha dharma, the real Buddhist teachings, you should never doubt it and you should never bad mouth it. For very simple understanding is this, if it’s a fake teaching, you have doubt, and then you are in the right. If it happens to be real teachings and you have doubt, you are making a big mistake.
The golden jewel crown is an offering mainly from Tilopa and Karmapa. Appraised by the government, value at 23 million U.S. dollars. Certainly some of my disciples have doubt in thinking maybe the jewel pieces on the crown are not real because today you can fake every jewel piece. I remember the first disciple from the United States to see the crown herself is Tina. She’s into jewel appraisal so she knows. Then, I think Scott has seen a lot of the jewel crown. I reckon you have seen quite clearly all the jewel pieces on the crown.
I also reckon you have paid attention to the throne seat in the Agui temple. That throne seat, 3 meters high. The height speaks for itself. It’s the highest throne chair in the whole of Buddhism. The one next to it, there’s another one next to it a little bit lower, that’s the throne chair of Tilopa. That throne chair was an offering from a Hong Kong person, Mr. Ling. I don’t know this person. That throne chair is valued at 47 million RMB. That throne chair, if its yellow color, they are pure gold. If its silver color, they are pure silver. All the stones on the throne chairs are all natural stones…
Most of you are not aware, in Buddhism; the ranking of the attainment of the person and the offerings they will give to that person clearly indicates who ranks higher. If there is an opportunity one of these days you should go to Tibet and visit some of the temples yourself…How the Lamas serve their living Buddhas. On this trip Essa and Scott has seen this for themselves, when the Lama came to you and poured the milk tea, they had to back away, and they had to kneel. When they brought the milk tea they knelt down. When they finished, they didn’t turn around and walk away, they had to back away, walking backwards. Anytime they will not dare to sit at the same height as a living Buddha, they will only sit at the ground. Let me inform you, the revelation of the great enlightener dharma king will soon lead this world into a major change. Perhaps it will have a major effect on world peace.
The office of Mr. Hu Jing Tao came to me and invited me; they clearly stated that they would like to invite me back to China because in their view I effect some change that they will not be able to do. The office of the President has already offered next to the Japanese embassy in Beijing they will build a new residence for me. They also offered to me, they will build this residence for me, and they will give me money, and they will give me vehicles, and they will give me armed guards. I told them, “Money, the more the merrier, vehicles, the more the merrier. As for armed guards, I don’t need them.”
Perhaps in a very short period of time the great enlightener dharma king will change religions, so the people of different religions will no longer have biases toward each other. The dharma king will certainly have different methods; he will be able to relieve people of suffering. If you want to relieve people of sufferings and disasters, then comes to the questions about the power of Buddha dharma, how powerful Buddha dharma really is.
I remember that most of you have participated in the 100 day Dharani teaching. For that 100-day teaching, most of the students have learned some very precious major teachings, but most of them really haven’t paid much attention to the teaching. The little result that we have seen is some of you are able to make rain. As we have witnessed, some of you are able to chase away the storm or turn the direction of the fire. However, you still have yet to attain to that level to put it out instantly.
Why is that this kind of dharma teaching, you will be able to change natural phenomenon? Because all and everything has a natural rhythm. This kind of rhythm, not every mundane person is able to observe. Once you are able to grasp the essence of the dharma, or the law, then you will be able to grasp the rhythm. Whichever rhythm you are able to capture, then you will be able to effect a change. This teaching is the summarized experience of living truth, tested over thousands of years. The question is why are mundane persons unable to accomplish this kind of power? Because a mundane person is often limiting himself. He believes strongly it’s impossible; he will not be able to do this. He is constantly under the limitations of the conditions of his environment. He believes strongly of his own knowledge, his own experiences. He has the habit he is unwilling to open up and receive new knowledge. When human beings are willing to continue to learn, and to receive, to accept new things, will the whole human race progress.
I often say this; the greatest weakness or shortcomings of everyone are simply we like to examine the world with what we think we do know and with our own experiences. But has that person really thought about this: no matter how knowledgeable you are, compared to the knowledge of the whole world, there’s no comparison. What ever you know, your knowledge is always limited. It’s always incomplete. The knowledge of the world is natural, is perfect.
I remember there is a parable from China. The title of this parable is the Blind Men Feeling the Elephant. This is a parable that they teach in third grade elementary school in China. The story is like this. Three blind persons come to see the elephant. One blind man touched the leg of the elephant so he jumped to the conclusion, “the elephant is like a pillar.” The second blind man touched the belly of the elephant. He concluded, “So this is an elephant, just like wall.” The third blind man touched the tail of the elephant. He concluded, “So this is an elephant, just like a rope.” So the three blind men argued with each other what they believed the elephant was really like.
No matter under whatever situation, the first thing is, have no view on the subject, be willing to open and accept others view. When you become accepting of others views, you will observe and witness what transpires. The more one is able to open up, become receptive, and accept others views, the more they will observe and realize more changes taking place.
For example, just like an essay, if you read an essay once, and after some time you read it again, and again, and again, you view it differently. The teaching of Buddha dharma requires the practitioner to become observant of minute details of things. From these tiny changes one is able to perceive the true reality. In other words, the teaching of Buddhism makes people take the initiative to aspire. Its unlike many of the modern day Buddhist schools of the Chinese lineage, they are completely off the right path. The real Buddha dharma, the real teaching is about one’s own aspiration to be able to let go attachments in the mind. If you are unwilling to let go whatever you are attached to or your bias or what you believe, then you will continue to have obstacles, therefore a burden that makes you tired.
Only by being willing to continually let go of things will you be able to be free to receive other things. If you are unable to let go of the old stuff, you will never receive any new things. Earlier I have said to some of you that this morning at 2:30 am I was still talking on the phone. Here’s what they told me over the phone.
There are quite a few hundred well-known monks, sadhus, and practitioner yogis that just passed over the Chinese borders of India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. They are heading towards Chao Yang, but they missed the target, they should come to L.A. These few hundred yogis, practitioners, and monks, they all want to see the great enlightener dharma king personally. It would appear that it would be good for me to stay in L.A. so people don’t notice me that much. I guess, in the future if I were in China or some other country I can escape to L.A. and hide here. (Laughter) So just keep it to yourselves and don’t publicize it much and it will be a safe haven for me here.
I already made an announcement in China, the door closes. I no longer initiate any more students in China. As for the United States, I originally… a few people I would do initiation for them. Originally I have said this, but in 3 days, if you don’t give me a firm commitment, what you want to do in the Amherst area, we will cancel it. As for now, let me just tell you, we canceled it. Today Kuo will inform the disciples on the east coast. In other words, door closes. No more new initiations. Of course, we also promised some people in Hawaii we would do initiation. For those few people in Hawaii, we will finish the last initiation here.
In Kulun, Inner Mongolia, roughly 700 kilometers from Beijing, the Dari Rulai Xing Yuan temple there is under renovation. So far they have been working on that site for about 20 or so days. Invested monetary sum, roughly 20 million RMB. Xing Yuan temple let me tell you a little bit about it.
Originally the township filed an application to the central government to categorize Xing Yuan temple as a national protected cultural site. But the central government has declined their application, why? Very simple, the bureaucrats have no heads, they don’t understand. The township bureaucrats filed on the application that Xing Yuan temple was built in the sixth year of the emperor? Suen Tze of the Qing dynasty. That’s roughly 1620 something.
The central government had to send some scholars out to the temple to check on it. They disagreed, therefore they declined the application. Why do they disagree? Because the township folks don’t really know their stuff. In the center of the main hall of the temple is a sculptured dragon on the ground. Anybody who is knowledgeable in this field looking at that piece of stone in the center of the temple on the ground will know this is from the Yuan dynasty. Pre-Ming dynasty, which means, we are looking at almost 800 years ago rather than just… From Yuan dynasty…. Ming dynasty, that’s roughly about 500 years there. Actually, I can tell you this, that temple was built by the Mongolian King ? Hu Bey Lien? who was, I think the grand, grand daddy of Genghis Kahn. I will also reveal something to you; of course I don’t think you will be able to tomb raid the place anyway.
Very simple, for those who really understand about temples, they will know and recognize right away. I mentioned the term tomb raid, that piece of dragon stone in the center of the main hall, that’s a doorway. Kuo was accompanying me and looking at that thing. I said, “Did you see that, do you know that?” Kuo said, “Yes”. That’s a doorway. You cannot tomb raid that place…. That’s a doorway leading to a chamber. The Mongolian King stashed his treasure that he was unable to carry with him because he had to go on a westward conquest. Here’s the intention of the Mongolian King, since he had to go on a westward expansion, a conquest of the land, he was not able to carry a lot of the treasure with him so he decided to stash it away. The safest place was to build a temple and stash it away in the temple. Because people would worship the temple and would not touch that place.
Did Jeffrey get a chance to videotape that dragon stone on the ground? It’s a door, looks like a door, right? That temple is different than other temples, why? Because that’s a royal imperial temple designed in such a way as a palace of the emperor. On the history page, they don’t know the whole story. According to history, the Qing dynasty emperor? Suen Tze? The great grand father of Qian Long, he decided to renovate that place, and put money there, and appoint that place as the union of state and religion for the Mongolian region there. Because in Tibet and Mongolia in the old days it was the union of state and religion, so the temple actually administered political systems in that area.
Emperor Qian Long also at age 57, starting from 57 years old, he lived at that temple for about 6 years. Therefore he had that temple renovated in such a way, further designed into an imperial palace. Kulun, this tiny little town in the middle of nowhere, population for the township is roughly 30,000. For the surrounding herdsmen, you are looking at maybe 100,000. That place is famous as the 9,999 ditches. It’s a place that is difficult to find and go into. Except for one ditch. They don’t consider that to be in the region of Kulun, that’s the famous? Da Qing Go? that runs all the way to Chao Yang. That ditch is known for its southern vegetation plants in the northern region. That big ditch is roughly about 40 kilometers from the Shing Yuan temple. For all four seasons in that northern region, wintertime, a foot of snow, the ditch is spring all the time.
The temple at Kulun, right now there are 3 airways going to Kulun, or 3 airlines. If you were to fly to Shenyang, Jingtson, to Kulun, they are roughly on the average 1 or 2 hours away from Kulun. The train also runs through that area to the neighboring towns, not directly to Kulun.
Jeffrey and I went all the way to Fuxin, from Fuxin to Kulun that’s still further.
The size of the hall is roughly about the size of the dharma wheel hall in the Palace of Harmony. Kulun is located in a region, on this one side is grassland, and on the other side is desert. After the local government decided to give this temple to me to renovate, next time I return to China in December, it’s in the works right now they want to give me 99 more temples to renovate. The 99 old temples are located in what we call the golden triangle pretty close to Beijing, from Bei Dai Hur, Nan Dai Hur, and Qing Huang Dao this golden triangle. The Chinese government is trying to make that triangle into another special economic zone. The 99 temples are located there.
In order to have enough manpower to renovate all these temples in China, and also at the same time to train the disciples here in the U.S., I intend to bring with me a few disciples to China, and get them a Chinese green card. Invited disciples only, to the college in China to learn Chinese first. Chinese language. We will train professionally a few good translators for the American Students. The translator is not only somebody who speaks the language; you also have to learn culture and Buddhism. Once these few invited American Disciples learn well, they will return to the states, and they will understand the culture so they will be able to translate properly. If you are invited, all expenses will be covered by me. However, you earn no salary. I cover your tuition, your food, and room and board. An American citizen attending the Asian college or something (Kuo has to find out the English name for this), the tuition is about 4800 U.S. dollars per semester. Add on the room and board and the other costs, and you are looking at 7000 U.S. dollars per semester. If you are invited as a student to attend that college, you have to spend about 3 years there together. For students invited to attend for 3 years, we are looking at about 42,000 U.S. dollars per person. As I said, I cover this expense. I will cover all your expenses in China for you to attend the college there. Your food, your room, your transportation, but you will earn no salary. If you only go there to practice in a monastery, of course, you don’t get any payment for that too. So for all the disciples invited to do this, whether as a student in the college or as a practitioner in a monastery, I cover your expense there, room and board. This is for the American students…disciples, my first estimate I will invest in human beings the sum of about 600,000 U.S. dollars. Do understand. If I have to rely on a dollar offering per disciple per day, I will have to wait 60 years, and you will still not have an offering of 600,000 dollars for me. I have the intent to return to Kulun in December. Maybe the first group of students will leave in December, maybe.
Q: How do you spell the town?
Kuo: Kulun, I will write a little thing and post it on the website. It will take some time, and some pictures and stuff, and the next trip in August, we will be going to the grand opening of the temple.
Q: Why is Hierarchy so important in Buddhism now? When Buddha first started he walked around and just talked to everybody and then later hierarchy was established. Why is it so important?
Master: Its very simple. If Buddhism started with Shakyamuni, in his time there was no Buddhism, he was the first Buddha in that sense, with his 4 attendants; these were the first group of practitioners in Buddhism. Afterwards, some years, Buddha Shakyamuni had many disciples from different places, in different places. Over time all these students attained to different levels, therefore, here comes the ranking. Some attained to a higher level, some stuck at a certain level unable to go any further. Of course, ranking really came with the students, in the sense that Buddha Shakyamuni in the beginning was not all by himself. Along with him there were 4 other of his attendants. You can think of this group of people as his first students. These first 4 students represent the 4 guardian deities, like the deva guardians.
You go into a Chinese temple in the main gate is Buddha Maitreya and standing next to it are these gigantic deities, guardians. 2 on the left and 2 on the right. At the time of Shakyamuni, he also had to fare a lot of trials and difficulties. Because… he left the Brahmans to advocate his own belief. Brahman is a very big school. Certainly, Shakyamuni had to face a lot of attacks from the Brahmans.
First it’s called, traitor. Second, it’s called, Devil. Do you realize until today in India, some of the Brahman schools still call and view Shakyamuni as a devil? If you really look into history you realize for the first 11 years, Shakyamuni only had 4 students, the 4 attendants. Only after the 12th year had he other students. By the time Shakyamuni was 52 years old, he had 18 followers. Those are the 18 Arhats in the temples that you see, 9 on this side, 9 on the other side. Of these, 18 have to include his own son as one of the 18 to make those 18 Arhats. Who are the 18 Arhats? 10 of his leading disciples, the 10 famous names including Ananda and Mahakashypa and all those names. These 10 leading disciples plus the first 4 attendants, and 11 years later there were 5 more students that became his followers, plus, Rahura, Shakyamuni’s own son, comes to 16. There are 2 more, who are the other 2? Actually there are only 16 in history. The other 2 are White Tara and Green Tara. So if you understand this, if you go into a temple, a Buddhist temple with a traditional Chinese layout, in the hall of the 18 Arhats, if there are 16 statues then you realize this temple knows something. They did the right thing to have 16 statues of the Arhats and call it the 18 Arhats hall. Instead of 18 statues. Then the 5 pillars of Shakyamuni’s teachings, that takes some decade’s time. Then decades later, Shakyamuni had about 500 followers. That’s later in the sutra mention of the so-called 500 Arhats.360 Bodhisattvas, 8 great Vajras.
So you were talking about hierarchy, that’s the beginning of the hierarchy. Because there were more people than just Shakyamuni himself, so naturally there is going to be a hierarchy because of their attainment. After Shakyamuni entered Nirvana and passed away, the beginning stage of Buddhism, Buddhist organization kind of dwindled a little bit. The majority of his disciples were scattered, went on to other countries and other lands. 500 years after Shakyamuni’s Nirvana came this famous name, Nagarjuna Bodhisattva. Nagarjuna was the second culmination of Buddhism. If the first was Shakyamuni, then Nagarjuna was the second most important personality in Buddhism. Nagarjuna’s discussion on the middle view in my opinion until today, the modern sciences still are far behind Nagarjuna’s middle view. Therefore, many, the hierarchy gradually developed over time, many schools and many dharma kings of their own schools evolved.
Q: Why would you not initiate any more disciples?
Master: Because, very simple. I am the great enlightener dharma king. The office of Mahavairocana. Once you reveal to the world, in this lifetime I am the highest master of Buddhism, therefore every being is my student and I cannot initiate any more disciples. So if you are already a disciple, then you are considered in the room. You have entered the room of the teacher. It means you enter into the room, the private chamber of the teacher to receive private teaching. In the future, my disciples will have to change their robes; they will be yellow robes instead of the burgundy color. That shows the hierarchy actually of the students. The color of the robe you wear does mean something in Buddhism. That’s why I also made this requirement to every one of my disciples. Really practice and for the next 18 months, you should attain the dharma. I may make the requirement, but more important is you make your own effort.
Q: Master said to observe the minute details…
Master: That’s not exactly what it means. To observe the minute details of … observation, it really means through witnessing something that transpires in front of you, you realize something else. Its…you are looking at one thing; you will realize three things that are related to it.
Next year, we are arranging this for the grand opening of the temple. Next year when we go to China, for those who do go to China we will arrange it in such a way, you will live together with the disciples in China. Chinese people are very friendly. They really don’t have bias toward foreigners For example, the first black person they have ever seen was Yvonne, they like Yvonne so much. Even though they don’t do kissing and hugging like the Americans of westerners, but they do in their own way, in different ways, express their friendship.
Essa: they still kiss and hug.
Kuo: The Tilopa was just having fun with you.
Yvonne: What is it to attain dharma: How do you attain?
Master: To attain dharma simply means you know for yourself that you have really changed, you are not the same person as before. The real change in you is not pretension. You cannot pretend that you have changed; it has to be real change. That time, then you will notice for yourself you see things different, you view things different then before. You will not longer have this kind of anger or temper toward anyone. Even though someone would really hurt you, but from different angle and perspective you can accept this and you will be able to forgive that person. When you are able to dissolve conflicts, anybody who is not friendly toward you, you are able to change them and you become good friends. And through your own behavior and actions you are able to bring light to others.
You will realize you no longer care much about fame and fortune. You always have the attitude to try to make others more comfortable, make it easier for others rather than for yourself. Certainly you will be completely opposite than your behavior right now, because habitually we are all selfish. Because people today are really very selfish, and their attitude really …on fame and fortune. If …were to ask you to change in an instant, it’s very difficult to do. So I have required the students to continue to chant the mantras all the time in your heart. If your mind is really on the mantra, and your heart is on the mantra, gradually it will calm you down, your behavior will change.
To put it in another simpler way, by attaining to the dharma, you do things differently than the majority of the mundane people. What others can accomplish, you will be able to accomplish too. What others cannot accomplish, you will still be able to accomplish. What others think is unimaginable, you are still able to do it and accomplish it. Even though you know now for yourself you are able to do things, accomplish things, you don’t show yourself off. Just like a flower, a bud of a flower waiting to bloom, it containing all this energy and essence in it.
Master: Strictly speaking, they mean different things. It’s not a synonymous term. Attaining to the dharma and attaining to Buddhahood does mean something different. To attain to the dharma, dharma literally means the law. Realize the law, how it works, you will understand the principle and be able to grasp that change in the rhythm. But yet you have to go through that stage to realize the law, to understand the law of nature then you are able to utilize it, apply it so you will attain Buddhahood. Attaining dharma first, then aspire toward attaining Buddhahood. So earlier I elaborated a little about this to Yvonne. If you think about it you will understand more.
For example, when you are able to do things an ordinary person is unable to do, then you accomplish many things, then you will have accumulated more merits and you have more virtue, when you have perfected your merits to that point you will naturally attain realization. Lets say, today a lot of terms mixed together, it’s not strictly speaking. Lets say, self-realization. What does that mean? It’s like attaining to the dharma, self-realization only. Realizing oneself. When you are able to help others through your own actions, you are helping others to realize. Through helping others to realize, you are perfecting your merit, to the point you accumulate enough merit you will naturally attain perfect realization.
Q: Is it possible for people starting at our ages (50 years old) to attain the rainbow light body in this lifetime?
Q: I wonder if Sifu would name all the thangkas and statues.
Master: Do you know the 5 Buddha’s names? The center one, Mahavairocana. Next two on this side, Ratnasambhava, Amoghasiddhi, Aksobya, Amitabha. The mudra tells you which Buddha it is. Depending on different schools, Aksobya mudra can also be that other one. The 5 Buddha’s form the 5 Buddha mantras. Green Tara, 7 eyes white Tara, depends on your opinion, this one here holding the bowl, it can either be Amitabha or Medicine Buddha. The traditional Medicine Buddha should be blue, but two hands holding a bowl receiving the dew should be Medicine Buddha. This is Shakyamuni here, one hand holding the bowl. This is the Vajra Buddha or the Medicine boy attendant. Sometimes, depending on what he wears it’s different. It also is depicted as longevity Buddha, means the Vajra Buddha. Two Manjusri’s. Yellow Manjusri, the northern Manjusri. This one is eastern Manjusri. This one, 4 arm Avalokitesvara. This is the holy deity or Mother Buddha of all sounds, Saraswati. Over there, depiction of …Yaksa, they take that form and depict as Vajrapani… diamond beings. Literally Yaksa means the ghost king, the one that commands all of the ghosts.
There is another living thangka here; do you want to see it? This one here is the great enlightener dharma king. (Points to himself) Middle one, Yellow Jambhala. Western Manjusri, and yellow Manjusri, northern Manjusri. If you look at the flower it’s different.