True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Yellow Jambhala
On Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 3:00 PM, at Rainbow Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu will preside over a Yellow Jambhala Homa Ceremony, discourse Lamdre, and bestow empowerment for the Yellow Jambhala Principal Deity Practice. (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLl20r-KQlapX_5fT-N3cOw)
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In Tibetan Buddhism, Yellow Jambhala (Duowen Tianwang) is yellow and sits in a half-lotus posture. He wears a gold crown adorned with precious gemstones and gemstone chains on his body. His round face appears prosperous and slightly fierce. His right hand holds a pomelo -shaped treasure object and his left hand holds a treasure-spouting mongoose, which can spout unlimited treasure.
Yellow Jambhala is an emanation of Duowen Tianwang, and is also called Vaisravana. In Buddhism, Vaisravana is one of the Four Heavenly Kings protecting worlds. He is a celestial deity who protects Buddhadharma and has the divine nature of bestowing wealth and fortune.
Yellow Jambhala is the one and only fortune deity of the Eight Personal Deities of the True Buddha School.
Yellow Jambhala is one of the Five Jambhalas of Vajrayana (Yellow Jambhala, Red Jambhala, White Jambhala, Green Jambhala, and Black Jambhala).
The northern Vaisravana (Yellow Jambhala) lives north of the Four Heavens and protects the continent of Uttarakuru. He resides in the northern crystal palace located at the fourth level of Mt. Sumeru. His retinue is composed mainly Yakshas and Rakshasas. So, how does one go about increasing one's accumulation and wealth? The first thing to remember is to make offerings to Rakshasas.
For example, when performing the Nectar Offering, we recite the following verse ''da-peng-jin-chi-niao (To the great Garuda), luo-cha-gui-zi-mu (To the Rakshasas and to Hariti), kuang-ye-gui-shen-zhong (To the multitude of ghosts and spirits in the desolate wilds), gan-lu-xi-chong-man (May you all be filled with nectar.)''
We make offerings to Rakshasas because they constitute most of the retinue around the Four Heavenly Kings. Offering to Rakshasas is equivalent to offering to Jambhala, a wealth deity. As long as one understands to make offerings to Rakshasas, Jambhala will be the direct beneficiary. He will begin to like you and you will accumulate good fortune, such as increase in overtime pay, professional promotion, salary increase, more prosperous business, constantly receiving new purchase orders, etc.
In the celestial realms, it is the Four Heavenly Kings who are the richest. The Four Heavenly Kings are Northern Duowen Tianwang (Vaisravana), Chiguo Tianwang (Dhrtarastra), Zengzhang Tianwang (Virudhaka) and Guangmu Tianwang (Virupaksa). The Four Heavenly Kings are able to bestow good fortune, wealth, longevity, and auspiciousness.
In the human realm it is Prthivi, mountain gods, and earth gods who are the richest.
In oceans, lakes, wells, rivers, and streams the Dragon King is the richest.
In the heaven realm the richest deity is the Vaisravana Yellow Fortune Deity (Jambhala) who is also the greatest of the wealth deities.
Vaisravana (Yellow Jambhala) has the essential nature of protecting Dharma. He is a Vidyaraja who protects and supports Buddhadharma and possesses the greatest wealth and fortunate rewards.
In Eastern Vajrayana, Yellow Jambhala (Vaisravana) holds a pagoda which can spout unlimited treasure. He bestows this treasure on sentient beings and blesses them with great luck and merit. Prthivi supports Vaisravana's feet and two Yakshas, Lamband Vilamba, are at his left and right sides respectively. He is a great, wealthy, heavenly king guarding the north. Vaisravana is one of the Seven Lucky Gods who bestow wealth and good fortune.
When we were on a pilgrimage visiting the island of Shikoku in Japan we circumambulated 88 temples. Finally we got to a palace called Kotohira-gu (located in Nakatado District of Kagawa Prefecture, the northern part of Shikoku). To get to the palace,we had to climb a long flight of stairs. The meaning of ''Kotohira'' is the Northern Vaisravana Yellow Fortune Deity Jambhala of the Four Heavenly Kings.
Kotohira Vaisravana was originally from the depths of the ocean. He was a type of dragon called a horned dragon. The result of his cultivation was his transformation into the Kotohira Vaisravana.
In China, Vaisravana emanated as Li Jing, who is also known as Pagoda-bearing Heavenly King.
It is written in the Chinese lunar calendar that the Four Heavenly Kings Patrolling Day is the day the Four Heavenly Kings are on patrol in countries all over the world. The Four Heavenly Kings Patrolling Day is also the day the Four Heavenly Kings descend to protect the human world.
In cultivating Yellow Jambhala Personal Deity Practice, Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu considers the key practice instruction to be ''Giving is the cause of good fortune.'' One must first understand the principle of ''giving.'' ''Giving'' means that one gives everything one has to sentient beings. The three types of giving are:
Giving of wealth
Giving of Dharma, and
What one should learn from Yellow Jambhala is his broad and generously giving heart. Therefore, one must first learn to actually practice giving. For those who don't have money to give, there are three extremely important offerings to practice:
First, learn to transform food and offer it to Hungry Ghosts and Rakshasas.
Second, make food offerings to sangha.
Third, thoroughly master the ritual of offering to Yellow Jambhala.
When practicing Yellow Jambhala, one must invoke the Five Buddhas by reciting the Invocation Mantra. The Five Buddhas emit five-colored lights which empower Yellow Jambhala. Recite the Empowerment Mantra, and visualize that the swelling of the right big toe of Yellow Jambhala disappears. There is a secret: when the empowerment of Yellow Jambhala is completed, one continues on to visualize oneself also being empowered by the five beams of lights. One's karmic obstacles are thereby eliminated, painful illnesses are diminished, and one is able to obtain great good fortune. This is one of the ''secrets of secrets.'' One then continues on with the recitation of the mantra of Yellow Jambhala: ''Om, jum-bah-lah, chan-lan-chan-nah-yeh, so-ha.''
Every time Yellow Jambhala appears, the Five Buddhas will also appear and empower him. We should therefore recite the Empowerment Mantra: ''om, hum, jum-seh-ah.'' By reciting the Empowerment Mantra of the Five Buddhas one is cultivating in accordance with the dharma practice. Every time one cultivates the Yellow Jambhala practice one must visualize the Five Buddhas appearing out of empty space. The Five Buddhas empower Yellow Jambhala. Following the empowerment, Yellow Jambhala becomes glorified. He then bestows his treasure on sentient beings.
I chose Yellow Jambhala to be one of the Eight Personal Deities of the True Buddha School because he is the Yellow Fortune Deity, a fortune god who is yellow in color, and because he is known everywhere. Also, I chose Yellow Jambhala because above him are the Five Buddhas representing his origin. It means in the future when he attains buddhahood, he will be the same as the Five Buddhas. For these reasons I chose Yellow Jambhala to be one of the Eight Personal Deities of the True Buddha School.
We first use wealth to attract people to Vajrayana practice. We then gradually guide them to tathagata wisdom. As stated in the Vimalakirti Sutra, this is ''tempting with desire and entering into buddha wisdom later.''
Yellow Jambhala was selected from the beginning because, of the Four Heavenly Kings, Yellow Jambhala has the greatest affinity with the Chinese people.
All sentient beings are themselves a ''great merit field'' as long as they have faith in the karmic cause and effect of Vaisravana, cultivate the Yellow Jambhala Practice of the True Buddha School, uphold the five precepts and ten virtues, sever all evil affinities, always follow the True Buddha discipline and precepts, make offerings to the Root Guru and the Three Jewels, print and distribute virtuous books and Buddhist sutras, and perform all of the above persistently and unflaggingly. These type people will definitely ascend to the celestial realm upon their death. They will be reborn in any of the thirty-three heavens just as they desire. They may also go to the abode of Vaisravana and enjoy the abundant and exquisite heavenly pleasures, the five types of supernatural powers and the blissful freedom of liberation.
Those who practice this dharma will extinguish all the suffering of poverty in the six realms, eradicate all disasters and calamities, subjugate evil spirits and enemies, increase their store of good fortune and virtue, extend their lifespan, grow in wisdom, receive total love and respect, protect their motherland from disasters, cause the place where they live to be peaceful, always enjoy a good climate, attract wealth and treasure to themselves, have infinite virtues, and command magnificent dharma power.
Yellow Jambhala Personal Deity Practice
!!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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