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True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Adharma Buddha (Adi-Buddha)

On Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017, 3:00pm, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over an Adharma Buddha Homa Ceremony and bestow empowerment for the Adharma Buddha Uncommon Practice followed by the discourse of 'Lamdre.' (Live Webcast Link: or )

【Adharma Buddha Mudra :】


Interlace the fingers inward. Straighten the thumbs and keep them touching.

【Adharma Buddha Seed Syllable :】

                      White Ah                 Blue Hum                    Wen

【Adharma Buddha Mantra :】


【Adharma Buddha Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】

Blue Adharma Buddha has one face and two arms, and each hand holds a vajra scepter. He is adorned with precious ornaments and he is sitting in the full-lotus posture. He and Mahesvara Buddha Mother are embracing each other adorned with five-color jewelled crowns, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and precious hair garlands.They are solemn with the complete eight types of treasures. Their representation demonstrates the nine kinds of subtle and tranquil appearances.

White Mahesvara Buddha Mother is a sixteen years old youthful girl. She is slender. Her four limbs appear very soft and gentle. Her body is well-rounded, and her waist is thin. She is very distinct, splendid, dignified, and joyous.

Within each ray of light emitted by the Buddha Mother and Buddha Father there is a buddha. There is infinite light and an infinite number of buddhas. It is solemn and magnificent.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talk - Adharma Buddha Background and Magnificence】

Adharma Buddha is supreme, the most venerable, the highest and the most sacred. He is the Ultimate Dharma Lord of all buddhas!

Adharma Buddha is the origin of all. In Sutrayana, he is called ''Samantabhadra Tathagata.'' In Vajrayana he is called ''Dorje Chang.'' In the Nyingma School he is called ''Adharma Buddha.'' In the Kagyu School he is called ''Vajradhara.''

Adharma Buddha is the very first primordial buddha, the earliest buddha, and the sixteenth ground buddha. He is the buddha of buddhas.

He is primordial and original. In Buddhism he is supreme, the most venerable, the highest and the most sacred. He is the most saintly and the greatest.

Adharma Buddha is the same as Mahottara Heruka because Mahottara Heruka is the wrathful emanation of Adharma Buddha. These two deities have the same identity.

Adharma Buddha has many emanations. He emanated the Five Buddhas and the dharma prince of the Five Buddhas is Vajrasattva, the founder of Vajrayana. The lineage of Adharma Buddha is the greatest!

The Practices of Mahamudra, Great Perfection, Great Perfection Profound Wisdom, and Yamantaka were all transmitted by Adharma Buddha, who is also Vajradhara.

Adharma Buddha is originally without form. However, when he has form he is blue. Because the void is colored blue, we use the blue color of the void to symbolize the bodily form of Adharma Buddha and Vajradhara. All buddhas' dignities are on this primordial buddha.

What is special about the Adharma Buddha is that at the end point of every ray of light he emits there is a buddha. Buddhas emanate in the light emitted by him, that is, there is a buddha appearing within every ray of light he emits. All buddhas, all bodhisattvas, all deities, dakinis and protectors are emanations of Adharma Buddha. There are 84,000 individual rays, and within each ray of light there is a buddha.This is really the greatest visualization.

One of Adharma Buddha's mantra syllables is extremely important. There are very few people who know Adharma Buddha's mantra syllables.

Originally there is transformation from the syllable ''Ah.'' But within Adharma Buddha's heart there is a syllable which is the syllable ''Wen,'' which is the syllable I always recite at every dharma ceremony. By doing so, I am actually reciting ''Adharma Buddha.''

Adharma Buddha's mantra is ''Om。bie-zha。ah-da-er-ma。da-du。so-ha。'' We often hear ''bie-zha'' meaning the greatest wisdom. ''Ah-da-er-ma'' is the buddha's name. The mantra syllables ''da-du'' mean ''No. 1.'' Vairocana Buddha and Adharma Buddha are the only Buddhas using ''da-du.''

As for the mudra of Adharma Buddha, one represents yang and the other, yin. Or, one represents wisdom and the other, expedient means. Wisdom and expedient means are integrated. Hence, Adharma Buddha is always depicted in yab-yum form which symbolizes the integration of ''wisdom and expedient means.'' The yab-yum form also represents the integration of ''emptiness and bliss'' or ''wisdom and compassion.''

The fundamental meaning of Adharma Buddha is expressed in the name ''Pure Light Secret Buddha,'' the first buddha mentioned in the High King Sutra. This Pure Light Secret Buddha is namely Adharma Buddha. ''Pure Light'' means light. ''Secret'' means ''emptiness,'' which, in fact, is the buddha nature. The No. 1 buddha, the ''Da-du'' buddha, the integration of light and emptiness, turns out to be ''Pure Light Secret Buddha.''

A buddha functions as radiant light. ''Secret'' and ''empty'' is the noumenon of a buddha, the buddha nature. One who understands this comprehends the meaning of ''Pure Light Secret Buddha.''

''Pure Light Secret Buddha'' reveals an important point: the ultimate goal of cultivation is to see the buddha nature. It is not easy, however, to see the buddha nature. Some will never see the buddha nature in their entire lifetime. Sentient beings transmigrating in the Six Realms cannot see it because of their karma. Karma must be eliminated before the buddha nature can be seen.

Actually, in every thangka there is a round heaven and a square earth. There is a saying in Chinese ''Round heaven and square earth, nine levels of them, I chant today, this lifetime will be peaceful and healthy,'' This ''circle within a square'' is the emblem of Adharma Buddha. There is a circle within a square and in the very middle there is a ''dot.'' The outer circle is the ''round heaven'' and there is a square outside the circle. This is ''round heaven and square earth, nine levels of them I practice today and will return to the center.'' (Editor's note: Please reference ''Miraculous Talismans from Guru Lian-sheng,'' Sheng-yen Lu's Book 247, for the essence and the key meaning of Adharma Buddha)

Living Buddha Lian-sheng has said during his dharma talk that as long as one receives Adharma Buddha's empowerment, learns his practice, and attains spiritual union with him, one will never again reincarnate into the three evil realms. One is also sure to attain buddhahood within seven lifetimes. He is the highest. There is none higher than him.

On Mar. 7, 2015, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, Living Buddha Lian-sheng debuted the transmission of the essential meaning of Adharma Buddha's ''16 Grounds.''

Adharma Buddha is the ''Buddha of the 16th Ground.'' The meaning of the sixteen grounds is:
【Two Grounds of Empowerment】The original, primordial void is composed of ''no-thing.'' The ''one dot'' represents the outward flow from the primordial buddha, and having flowed outward, it flows back again, then outward, then back once again. This continuous cycle of flowing outward and inward, inward and outward is the ''two grounds.''

Practitioners receive empowerment in an instant. As long as you practice diligently, when you visualize the personal deity the personal deity will give you the blessing of an empowerment. Regardless of whether the blessing comes from one's external or internal personal deity, it is all empowerment. The dharma flow into Vajrayana disciples is thus continuous and unending!

【Two Grounds of Dharma King】:
Adharma Buddha is the Ultimate Dharma Lord of All Dharmas. He is seen as supreme in the universe. The ''beginning and end'' are equal, one and the same. Adharma Buddha is the entirety of the universe.

【Two Grounds of Child Innocence】
All children have child innocence. The totality of the dharma realms in all ten-directions is Adharma Buddha.

The entire universe as a whole is evolution. The realms of hell, hungry ghosts and animals are all emanations of Adharma Buddha. Everything finally ends up in tranquility and enters the great void. Everything is equal, equal.

【Two Grounds of Never Fall Back】
Adharma Buddha exists from the beginning. He does not fall back and he does not change. His body and mind are non-dual and don't fall back; neither do they increase or decrease.

【Two Grounds of Righteous Mind】
Non-manifestation is emptiness. Manifestation is mind. Whether manifest or non-manifest it is still the great perfection of Adharma Buddha. ''Life'' and ''death'' are both just fine, both good. ''Life'' and ''death'' are the ''Two Grounds of Righteous Mind.''

【Two Grounds of Expedient Means】If manifest it is ''expedient means.'' If non-manifest, it is also ''expedient means.'' This is the ''Two Grounds of Expedient Means.''

【Two Grounds of Wisdom】
Righteousness is wisdom and unrighteousness is also wisdom. One should therefore possess all-encompassing wisdom, righteous wisdom and unrighteous wisdom as well. Hence, buddha and devil are one and the same.

【Two Grounds of Secret】
The ''secret,'' whether manifest or non-manifest, is the same.

Taken as a whole the above sixteen grounds are: Awakening! Enlightenment!

Adharma Buddha (Adi-Buddha) Sadhana
Mar. 7, 2015 Dharma Talk - Adharma Buddha (Adi-Buddha)

!!Please be aware that before engaging in any True Buddha Vajrayana practices, one must first take refuge and receive the respective empowerment.!!

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