True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Marici Bodhisattva
On Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018, 3:00pm, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu will preside over a Marici Bodhisattva Homa Ceremony followed by the empowerment of Marici Uncommon Practice, Invisible Body Practice, Drowsiness Dispelling Practice, Body Protection Mudra, Carved Image Calamity Eradication Practice, Sewing up an Enemy's Eyes and Mouth Practice, Illness Eradication Practice, Obtaining an Object Practice, and Obtaining Assistance from 100 Spirits Practice, and discourse Lamdre. (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSonbYoE-ip1YaYOVEAu8jw/live or https://tbsec.org/%E6%B3%95%E6%9C%83%E7%B7%9A%E4%B8%8A%E7%9B%B4%E6%92%AD/English )
【Marici Mudra :】
Interlace the little fingers and ring fingers inward. Hook the middle fingers over the tips of the index fingers and touch the thumbs together side by side.
【Marici Seed Syllable :】
Mo (Gold in color)
【Marici Mantra :】
【Marici as a Bodhisattva Dharmalaksana Brief Introduction】
Marici Bodhisattva wears red celestial garments and her body is elegantly adorned with various precious jewels and ornaments. She has three faces with three eyes on each face, and eight arms. The left hands hold a lasso, a bow, an ashoka branch, and a thread. The right hands hold a vajra sceptre, a needle, a hook, and an arrow.
The kindly and dark yellow front face of the three faces is smiling, with the eyes open and the lips as red as vermilion. This face represents courage and non-hindrance. The right face is dark red in color, as perfect as the full autumn moon, the color of a lotus, emitting supreme light, affable, and with the looks of a young girl. The left face is an ugly, wrathful, and dark blue boar face with frowning eyebrows, protruding fangs and a lolling-out tongue. This face is so wrathful that it terrifies anyone who sees it. The bodhisattva is either sitting or standing on a war chariot drawn by golden pigs.
【Marici as a celestial maiden Dharmalaksana Brief Introduction :】
Marici is either sitting or standing on a lotus seat. Her left hand holds a celestial fan which resembles the one held by the goddess in front of Vimalakirti. Her right arm is held downward while the right hand forms the Wish-fulfilling Mudra with palm facing outward. Marici is wearing white celestial garments. One may also visualize a goddess on each side of Marici holding a white whisk.
Marici is an emanation of Vairocana Buddha. Self-mastery of invisibility is one of her great supernatural powers. She is part of the retinue of Indra and always accompanies Surya, riding before him at tremendous speed.
Marici is a great vajra protector of the True Buddha School. Marici is also known as Courageously Battling Vajra and Power Showing Vajra. She is extremely powerful and utterly indomitable. This bodhisattva is a deity of war. Those who cultivate the Marici Practice will be unconquerable and always victorious in battle. They will have the awe-inspiring power of an invincible lion king and be courageous and unrivaled.
In the past, when I (Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-Yen Lu) faced danger, Marici protected and rescued me. For this reason I am safe and unscathed right up to the present day. Marici made this vow to Grandmaster Lu: ''As long as a person is a disciple of the True Buddha School I will protect that person. I will protect every True Buddha School disciple.''
Marici is in charge of the Big Dipper Constellation, the Twenty-eight Mansions, the Thirty-six Heavenly Spirits, the Seventy-two Earthly Fiends, Sky Canopy, Surya, and Candradeva. Because she is in charge of all stars, ghosts, and gods, she is called Hair Star Lord.
In Taoism, Marici is called Goddess of the Big Dipper whereas in Vajrayana she is called Marici Bodhisattva. Marici is also worshipped in Brahmanism where she is called Maricideva. In Japan, Marici is the most highly revered deity of Shingon Buddhism. Marici is the patriarch of the Ninjas, and the mudra formed by Ninjas is the Marici Mudra. All the Japanese Ninjas worship Marici.
Marici has Carved Image practice which provides protection and eliminates disasters. To perform the Carved Image Practice, one carves an image of Marici in any kind of material. The carved image may be one, two, or three inches in height. This practice can eradicate all kinds of disasters and calamities. The carved image can eradicate misfortune caused by:
Stealing, such as robbery and thievery;
Travel, going out, going on trips, riding in boats, riding in planes;
Earth, water, fire, and wind;
Demons and evil spirits, being in conflict with them;
Poisons and toxins;
Enemies and evil people; although trying to harm you, they will not succeed.
The Marici Sutra states ''Marici always rides in front of the sun. This Marici is invisible, can never be captured, can never be deceived, can never be bound, can never be owed, and can never be taken advantage of by enemies.''
The Marici Sutra further states ''Marici will protect one while one is traveling and also when one is not traveling. She will protect one during the day and night, and when one is trapped inside the house of an evil person or enemy. She will protect one when one is threatened by sovereign authority or menaced by thieves. She will protect one at all places and all times.
''The Buddha discoursed to the bhikshus that all mishaps will be eradicated if one writes the sutra out by hand, recites the sutra, or truly understands the meaning of the sutra, and always carries the sutra in one's hair or clothing.''
Living Buddha Lian-sheng discoursed that offerings for a Courageously Battling Vajra homa should include a bow and arrow. The bow and arrow symbolize Courageously Battling Vajra. For arrow offerings, one should not offer iron arrows since iron won't burn in the homa furnace. The bow and arrow should be made of paper and cast into the furnace to be burned. However, one should not make offerings of pork to Courageously Battling Vajra because pigs are her pets.
One may draw a picture of whatever dharma implement a deity holds in its hand on a piece of paper and cast it into the homa furnace. Once burned, the drawing transforms into the deity's dharma implement.
One must not underestimate Marici. Her celestial realm is indestructible. It is the evolution of ten vajra minds entering into the firm and enduring holy region. It is a celestial realm of non-duality. One should revere and honor Marici, make offerings to her, and pray to her. One should recite the Marici Mantra until attainment of spiritual union. One then recites ''Om Marici commands XXX [any given undertaking] accomplished successfully so-ha.'' In this way, one can accomplish anything and everything!
Marici can make herself invisible. With this Invisibility Practice she is bold and powerful. As disciples we should cultivate Marici because no one can bully or take advantage of her. One who cultivates her dharma will never be insulted, bullied, or robbed. No one can defeat her. By cultivating the Marici Practice one will be victorious even when faced with significant setbacks. She will definitely fulfill the wishes of sentient beings.
One should recite the mantra ''Om。mo-li-zhi-yu。so-ha。'' at least 100,000 to 300,000 times. After that, one's dharma practice will be effective. As long as one attains spiritual response, one will be able to accomplish everything successfully. By cultivating Marici Practice, one will succeed in any undertaking.
If one seeks to be invisible or dispel drowsiness the mantra is: ''om。ah-mi-di-ye。mo-li-zhi-yi。 so-ha。''
Marici is in charge of all the heavens. She is also in charge of all netherworld beings. She is therefore the sovereign of all spiritual beings. This is her secret. In 1999, in Seattle, Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu taught the highly secret Obtaining Assistance from 100 Spirits Practice. Through this practice, the power of one person can be transformed into the power of 100. One will then be able to exercise unlimited power. This is an extremely valuable practice. But can this dharma be cultivated by just anyone? That all depends, of course, on whether one has a great heart and intends to broadly save sentient beings. This dharma practice is an uncommon dharma practice of the True Buddha School and will only be selectively transmitted.
True Buddha School Living Buddha Dharma King Sheng Yen-lu has already transmitted the Marici Uncommon Practice, Invisible Body Practice, Drowsiness Dispelling Practice, Body Protection Mudra, Carved Image Calamity Eradication Practice, Sewing up an Enemy's Eyes and Mouth Practice, Illness Eradication Practice, Obtaining an Object Practice, Obtaining Assistance from 100 Spirits Practice, etc.
!!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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