FACE OF THREE-MOUNTAIN-NINE-MARQUIS
|By Living Buddha Lian-sheng.
(page 2, True Buddha News, 116 issue, October 15-31,1996)
Translated by Yuan Zheng Tang.
|In my spiritual life, the first and formless teacher
I had was "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis" who had taught
me for more than three years. I was scolded by the readers for
using the title " Mr.Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis Xian Sheng"
instead of calling him my teacher. I pondered over the Chinese
words "Xian Sheng." "Xian Sheng" was the
most respectful title used in the olden days - unlike now when
it is used to address everybody (meaning Mr.) I used the word
in the classical sense, and not its modern usage. In the olden
days, very few people qualified to be given the title of "Xian
Sheng." Hence "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis" must
be coming from an extraordinary background.
|Solving the riddle
|Once the title "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis
Xian Sheng" appeared in my spiritual books, it created
a commotion. And soon, many people tried to guess who he is
? A Taoist priest sent a book "The secret book of all Dharmas
converging into one" to me. Its contents contained among
others , a poem written by Patriarch Three-mountain, and the
tablet of "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis."
Mantra and other secret practices were recorded in the book.
Some even used the following as invocation : "By order
of Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis Xian Sheng, I command you to
carry out this instruction." I put the question to my teacher.
He answered: "In this world, there are many people who
happened to have the same names, it is quite common. For example,
your name is Lu Sheng Yen, do you think no other people can
have the same name ?"
What he said makes sense to me, when I was studying at Gao Xiong
, a neighbor of mine had the same name as me. Many more people
whose second name is "Sheng Yen". I know Japanese
like the name very much. Therefore, the "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis
Xian Sheng" mentioned by "The secret book of all Dharmas
converging into one" is not my spiritual teacher of the
|Nine old monkeys over
the three mountains
|A Dharma master who claims to be able to communicate
with the spiritual world has warned me not to indulge in the
evil craft. He said : "As the words implied, it means Nine
old monkeys who gain enlightenment while practising over the
He even claimed that he knew how the monkeys carried out
spiritual practice on : " Spiritual response method ",
"Taking pills counting method", "Drawing talisman
method", and "Space travelling method."
I was shocked that "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis"
was just nine monkeys.
As I was able to use Peach Pond Golden Mother's Cloud-light
Dharma to penetrate into the deepest of the cloud, after passing
through many magnificent towers and palaces decorated with
pearls and shells , I stopped below a peach tower. I asked
: "What is "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis Xian Sheng?""
The Jade Pond Golden Mother answered with a poem :
There are fully enlightened deities who assume no forms,
Changing into three mountains, they do not experience life
Mastery of self-nature, they do things with ease,
Honored as teachers, Nine Marquis have since been enlightened.
After coming out from my deep mediation , I was able to know
that "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis" was not old monkeys
who were enlightened!
|Nine Marquis Court
|There was a temple in Tai Nan by the name of "Nine
A Taoist priest by the name of Chen claimed to be my classmate,
as his teacher was "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis".
I have never been to Nine Marquis court, and I do not know
what was Mr. Chen's special skill. I dare not acknowledge
him as my classmate, as I have to tell the truth. And I do
not want to be manipulated.
|Senior Mr. Li
|A certain Mr. Li, who cultivated both Taoism and
Buddhism and formed his own sect claimed to be my teacher. His
disciple asked him : "How come Lu Sheng Yan is your disciple
He answered: "Because I am "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis"
His disciple asked him again : "But, why doesn't he acknowledge
you as his teacher ?"
He replied : " I used my secret spiritual power to teach
him. While I was doing this, I never assume any form, so although
he has learned from me, he does not know me."
So his disciple wrote to me, and asked me to acknowledge.
Apart from Mr. Li, there were Mr. Nan Gong, Mr. Chu ......
without any proof, they wanted me to acknowledge them as my
teachers. Suddenly I have so many teachers.
|The true face of "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis"
|I have never thought of raising my teacher's status
to benefit myself. I have never thought of my formless teacher's
status as being so high and inconceivable. On second thought,
as his disciple , my background was already amazing, so having
a teacher of such high status is a matter of complementing each
The title "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis" refers
to more than one person. Three Mountains - three persons,
and Nine Marquis , nine persons. Hence this title refers to
Although there are twelve of them, each of them have the
same titles but in different realms. I will touch on it in
future. There are many such cases in Buddhism.
Now, let me take down their masks and reveal the true faces
of "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis": Three-Mountain
Dharmakaya (spiritual body) -Vairocana Buddha
Sambhogakaya (the body of bliss)-Locana Buddha
Nirmanakaya (the body of reincarnation)-Shakyamuni Buddha
Nine-Marquis (the nine honored ones in the eight-petaled
hall of the Garbhadhatu )
1. Mahavairocana in the center - Bian Zhao Vajra (Radiating
2. Ratnadhvaja in the East - Fu ju Vajra (Merit accumulation)
3. Kaifuhuawang in the South - Ping Deng Vajra (Equality)
4. Amitabha Buddha in the West -Qing Jing Vajra (Pure &
5. Divyadundubhimeghanirghosa in the North -Pu Dong Vajra
6. Samatabhadra Bodhisattva in the South East- Zhen Ru Vajra
7. Manjusri Bodhisattva in the South West - Ji Xiang Vajra
8. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in the North West -Zheng Fa
Vajra (Righteous Dharma)
9. Maitreya Bodhisattva in the North East- Xun Ji Vajra (Swift)
Although there are twelve of them, it is very easy to distinguish
each of them when they arrived. They taught me different Dharmas,
they had different voices, they used different strength and
touches. And breathed different air.
After forming the "Three Mountain" Mudra, I recited
the Mantra : "Namo Samanduo Mutanam Fu." I came
to realize the Mudra and Mantra were that of Shakyamuni Buddha.
And "Three Mountain" is the trikaya of Shakyamuni
Buddha. I recalled what Jade Pond Golden Mother said : "There
are fully enlightened deities who assume no forms" -
She was referring to Shakyamuni Buddha. Whenever the Buddha
arrived, my hands will automatically form the "Three
Mountain" Mudra, and I will recited the Mantra: "Namo
Samanduo Mutanam Fu" How did I know the "Nine Marquis"
referred to the nine honored ones in the eight-petaled hall
of the Garbhadhatu? When I was empowered, I could clearly
distinguish the five color radiation of white, red, yellow,
green and black.
The four Bodhisattvas taught the four immeasurable mind:
Great kindness refers to Maitreya.
Great Pity refers to Avalokitesvara.
Great Joy refers to Manjusri.
Great Self-sacrifice refers to Samantabhadra.
Although the feeling was very subtle, I was able to discern
it. Later on when I prayed to the Garbhadhatu Mandala, there
was an endless suction from the eight-petaled hall of the
Garbhadhatu, and the bright vein in my heart also exerted
a soft suction. These two forces met in the air and merged
into one. There were one and the same force which included
each other . Therefore I can verify that "Nine Marquis"
are none other than the nine honored ones , and I had their
Once a cultivator pointed out that the source of my energy
came from Vajradhatu . This was different from What I had
experienced. Maybe his prognosis was incorrect, as the two
realms of Vajradhatu and Garbadhatu are fundamentally one,
as are the absolute and phenomenal.
Garbadhatu -Mahavairocana = Vajradhatu - Mahavairocana
Garbadhatu -Ratnadhvaja = Vajradhatu - Aksobhya
Garbadhatu -Kaifuhuawang = Vajradhatu - Ratnasambhava
Garbadhatu - Amitabha = Vajradhatu - Amitabha
Garbadhatu -Divyadundubhimeghan = Vajradhatu - Amoghasiddhi
|Flower Light Self-mastery
|If you still think that my evidence is inadequate,
then let me tell you that I have progressed from being an ordinary
cultivator to being enlightened as " Flower Light Self-mastery
Buddha." This title was given by Shakyamuni Buddha, I had
recorded what happened in my book. I am speaking the truth.
If I am lying, then the 120 books that I wrote are full of lies.
After 27 years of daily cultivation, I have put the jewel
of my life in 120 books I wrote. I guarantee that it is true
that Shakyamuni Buddha gave me the title of "Flower Light
Self-mastery Buddha". That event was so vivid, and it
was also the apex of my enlightenment.
I must admit that after spiritual cultivation, my wisdom
has increased tremendously:
There is no self .
Five color lights radiate at our self nature forever.
Great pity lights are omnipresent.
I have achieved four kinds of brilliance.
1. Dharma nature valid cognizer
2. Growing realization and perception
3. Full enlightenment wisdom.
4. Ultimate Dharma nature
Through the cultivation of True Buddha Tantra, I am able
to reach a purified stage of wisdom. I am able to see the
body, light and pure land at once. All the delusions never
appear to me again.
I have accomplished the trikaya and five wisdoms.
Away from meaningless act is the Dharmakaya,
Showing the non attachment quality is the sambhogakaya.
And displaying all kinds of spiritual level is the Nirmanakaya.
Away from the meaningless act is the Wisdom of the embodied
nature of dharmadhatu
Without hindrance is the Mirror-like wisdom
Showing no impartiality is the Wisdom of equality
Uncontaminated and radiating five lights is the Wisdom of
Changing objects that are touched into lights is the Wisdom
My wisdom is unrivaled. I surely know "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis"
is the trikaya of Shakyamuni Buddha and the five Buddhas and
four Bodhisattvas of the eight-petal hall of the Garbhadhatu.
Let me quote from the Lotus Sutra:
"The true entity of all phenomena can only be understood
and shared between Buddhas. This reality consists of the appearance,
nature, entity, power, influence, inherent cause, relation,
latent effect, manifest effect, and their consistency from
beginning to end."
As Flower Light Self-mastery Buddha, Surely I know the true
identity of "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis".
|Kulapati Li Ping Nan
and Xuan Hua Shang Ren
|Seriously speaking, the first Kulapati (A householder
who practises Buddhism at home without becoming a monk) I have
met after taking the faith of Buddhism was Mr. Li Ping Nan (also
known as Kulapati Xue Lu ). He was a reputable speaker on Sutras
from the Pure Land School. When I took refuge in Ying Xuan the
great teacher, it was Mr. Li who conducted the taking refuge
in triple gem ceremony.
Later on, Mr. Zhao Ji recommended me to take refuge in Le
Guo, the elderly Dharma master and Mr. Wang Yi Zhi recommended
me to take refuge in Dao An , the Dharma master. This was
how I learned Buddhism, let me come back to the topic.
When Mr. Li Yi Nan heard the term "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis"
and knew I was able to communicate with the spiritual world,
he was shocked. Without hesitation, he said : "That's
it, Lu Sheng Yan is possessed." He even said: "Once
the Mara has finished sucking his energy and left his body,
Lu Sheng Yan will die. You mark my words, he won't live very
long !" (Bodhi Tree - the monthly journal printed an
article "A criticism on Lu Sheng Yen" then. )
Mr. Li Yi Nan passed away after I migrated to the States.
In my meditative stabilization before his death, I saw his
body radiating white light and he told me : "We are alike."
I knew that he will be reborn in the Western Pure Land. He
came to settle the old scores with me - he had slandered me
on many occasions, before his transmigration.
Kulapati Li Yi Nan , a knowledgeable Dharma preacher was
still unable to know my true identity and that of my teacher
Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis". He had to see me, settle
our differences before he left the world.
Why did he say : "We are alike ?". I will explain
it in a future article.
Let me talk above Xuan Hua Shang Ren (Venerable Xuan Hua).
Also known as Dharma Master Du Lun, he built a "Thousand
Buddha City" at the outskirts of San Franscico. He was
a disciple of Xuan Yun the elderly monk. Studying the teaching
of Zen, Pure Land , Tantrayana, and precept schools , he was
noted for observing strict rules - wearing three layers of
costume without fail, eating one meal a day, fasting after
twelve noon, and never lying down to sleep. As all of you
have known, Xuan Huan Shen Ren had criticized Tantrayana teaching
- he slandered Patriarch Milarepa, calling him a Mara, and
he even published a book entitled " Telling the public
to topple the evil and uphold the righteous Dharma" to
viciously attack him. He wrote articles in "Thousand
Buddha city" , a monthly journal to slander the sixteen
Karmapa. He also slandered me (Living Buddha Lian Sheng -
Master Lu Sheng Yen)
I only met and talked to him once. He was tall, and gave
me the mpression that he had poor taste, his Dharma talk was
shallow and uninteresting. He did not display any Dharma power
and gave me the impression that he was unbearably vulgar.
I was surprised that such an ordinary Dharma master was able
to found the magnificent "Thousand Buddha City."
Then I saw that a black Bodhisattva "King Leng Yan"
(Surangama) stood behind him occasionally . (It is said those
who have obtained the Samadhi of "King Leng Yan"
will have a lot of followers)
It may appear that Xuan Hua Shang Ren had spiritual powers
to get things done . The truth was Bodhisattva "King
Leng Yan" was giving a helping hand in the background.
You may wonder why Bodhisattva "King Leng Yan" chose
to follow such an ordinary Dharma Master ? Although vulgar,
he was able to recite Surangama Sutra by heart (Surangama
Sutra is an important Sutra in Buddhism, its style is fluent
and elegant) The first chapter of the Sutra mentioned about
: "Those who have mastered this Sutra will have many
followers." It is very obvious that Bodhisattva "King
Leng Yan" will come to support and protect Xuan Hua who
had treasured Surangama Sutra all his life. I know very well
that Xuan Hua Shang Ren did not really enter into the Samadhi
of "King Leng Yan", and he was not enlightened spiritually.
He committed a lot of unwholesome karma in speech. He criticized
Tantrayana, and said that Xuan Yuan was not a real monk. Moreover
he also spoke ill of his own disciples. His mind was full
of all kinds of earthly problems.
His disciple , Sophia who is staying in Seattle told me a
few years ago that he was ill. I used my Deva-eyes to observe
him. I saw two streams of black air . One moving upward from
his heart to his throat. Another moving downward from his
navel to his kidney.
When Xuan Hua Shang Ren passed away, the medical report stated
that he died of lymphatic gland cancer, and both his kidneys
were not functioning . This showed that my Deva observation
You may wonder why I mention this case, since he has passed
away. The truth is that the case was not closed after his
death. He was subsequently tried by three judges. The persons
involved were :
Representative of heaven - Bodhisattva "King Leng Yan",
Representative of human realm - Living Buddha Lian Sheng -
Master Lu Sheng Yen.
The persons on trial - Xuan Hua Shang Ran and his four disciples.
Witness: Lian Hua Shu Ying.
Lian Hua Shu Ying saw the whole proceeding. I shall not go
into detail. This was the conclusion: Xuan Hua Shang Ren and
his four disciples cupped their palms and chanted my heart
Mantra : "Om , guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hum ." Radiating
lights and leading the way, I whisked them to the Western
He scolded me when he was alive, I whisked him to the Western
Pure Land after his death, What is the reason ? To show the
Buddha's wisdom of equality.
As Bodhisattva "King Leng Yan" was the master of
Xuan Hua Shang Ren , I had to give face (acknowledge his position)
to him. Moreover I am enlightened to be able to forget about
all the slanderous accusations he made about me. Bodhisattva
"King Leng Yan" surely knew who I am and the identity
of my teacher "Three-mountain-nine-marquis." He
knew that my teachers include the three bodies of Shakyamuni
Buddha, five Buddhas and four Bodhisattvas. I am able to travel
to the ten Dharma realms with ease, and can claim to be the
one and only in this world.
At first, Mr. Li Yi Nan came to settle his case, then Xuan
Hua Shang Ren did the same.
My teachers - "Three-Mountain-Nine-Marquis" had
taught me for three years.
Three mountains - fortunate lights flickering .
Nine Marquis - auspicious clouds flying without interruption.
I sighed at those slanders,
Blown by the wind , in all directions, smokes from the stove
The moving moon has cast the shadow of flowers onto the railings.
The star lights are in confusion
The night is waning, and
It is no longer young!