True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - White Lotus King
On Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017, 3:00pm, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, Dharma King Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu of the True Buddha School will preside over a White Lotus King Homa Ceremony followed by the empowerment of White Lotus King Uncommon Practice and the teaching of the 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 )
【White Lotus King Mudra :】
The right hand forms the Dharma-teaching Mudra while the left hand forms the Lotus-holding Mudra.
【White Lotus King Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
White Lotus King has the appearance of a 16 year old youth; is white, pure, stately, and dignified. His right hand forms the Dharma-teaching Mudra while his left hand holds a white lotus with the Lotus-holding Mudra. Sitting upon a throne, he wears a Vairocana Buddha crown, is adorned with all kinds of pearled jewels and is draped in a delicate white celestial net garment.
White Lotus King was the second king of the Shambhala Pure Land, an extremely secret pure land. Manjushri Bodhisattva was the first king and the father of White Lotus King. White Lotus King wrote the Immaculate Light Treatise and is one and the same as White Padmakumara.
Living Buddha Lian-sheng revealed that Shambhala Pure Land was located in Mount Dangxiang of Western Xia Empire. Within this very secret mountain was a huge, lotus-shaped cavern symbolizing a lotus kingdom. Shambhala was a lotus kingdom divided into eight directions, that is, it had east, south, north, west, southeastern, northeastern….
In total there are eight directions. In the center there was a lotus. Within this lotus there was a lotus palace. White Lotus King was the second king of the Shambhala Pure Land. Everyone in Shambhala was a practitioner.
In the Mahabharata, India's most ancient sutra, it is stated that: King Durjaya of the Shambhala Kingdom received oral transmission of the Kalachakra Tantra from an emanation of Shakyamuni in Sri Danyakataka. This lineage of the Kalachakra Tantra was then passed down through 25 generations.
The first king of Shambhala was an emanation of Manjushri called ''Title King.'' The second king of Shambhala was ''White Lotus King.''
The most well-known works of the White Lotus King are the Immaculate Light Treatise (Kalachakra Tantra essence) and the Auspicious Supreme Vow.
White Lotus King was the most famous king of the Shambhala Kingdom. His fame radiated throughout the ten directions. Since this time, the Kalachakra teaching has never departed from the Immaculate Light Treatise.
One who practices this dharma will have great attainment :
Will become Padmakumara. After successfully cultivating the White Lotus King practice one transforms into Padmakumara. That is, one is Padmakumara.
Will be reborn in a Pure Land. In my discourse on the equality of the buddha-nature I mentioned that buddhas are equal to each other. We are presently different from each other and may be on different levels. However, we are incredibly fortunate because in the future each and every one of us will become a buddha and we will all be called Lotus Light Buddha. We will all be Lotus Light Buddha. There is equality between buddhas. Although buddhas may have different names they are nonetheless equal to each other. The practitioners are all Padmakumara. After one has successfully cultivated White Lotus King one will ascend to the Buddha Pure Land.
One's parents and relatives of previous lifetimes will attain liberation and be reborn in the buddha land.
Will attain the Wisdom of tathagata.
Matters of no concern to one do not matter to one; when matters do concern one, one becomes afflicted. As a bodhisattva, one cannot be like this. Although some incident may have nothing to do with one, one should still lend a helping hand if someone is in trouble or difficulty. A true bodhisattva is like this. Buddhas and bodhisattvas are alike in this way. The wisdom of the tathagata is all the same.
If reborn in the human world, one will be a Great Prajna Dharma King.
One who cultivates the White Lotus King Practice and is reborn in the human world will be a Great Prajna Dharma King, that is, a dharma king of exceeding wisdom.
Exercise supernatural power naturally and able to subjugate four maras.
Everyone who studies Buddhist teachings will come to possess great wisdom and outstanding goodness. One will also have spontaneous supernatural power and be capable of subjugating the four maras and all demonic obstacles. ''Demonic obstacles'' are actually afflictions in one's own mind. In addition, there are obstacles of knowledge. One's knowledge becomes an obstacle to one's cultivation practice. Truthfully speaking, the ''devil'' is in one's mind. One will, of course, attain unhindered supernatural power as long as one is able to subjugate one's own mind, cultivate to open one's channels, cause the drops to descend and induce the inner fire to rise.
Unhindered Immaculate Light
What is immaculate? White Lotus King wrote the Immaculate Light Treatise. Let me tell you, the great time wheel is always turning. The past is already past and won't ever return. It's completely gone. The present will become past; the future will become present; and this present will become past again.
The dharma teaching I'm giving at this moment will become past history tomorrow, vanished. It's impossible that the same people will gather at the same time to listen to the teachings of Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu. This moment will become the past. The future will become the present and the present will become the past. This is therefore ''immaculate.'' Ultimately then, what does exists? Only the buddha-nature, which is light, truly exists. When through cultivation we become Buddha, then that exists forever. The only true existence is the existence of the buddha-nature. The entire material realm of existence will absolutely vanish.
What is meant by ''immaculate?'' The meaning of ''immaculate'' is ''emptiness,'' the absence of contamination. emptiness is boundless. Emptiness is not the visible blue space we can see with our eyes, the blue skies above with floating white clouds, or even dark and overcast skies.
Despite changes, emptiness is always and forever pure because true emptiness can never be contaminated. This is the meaning of ''immaculate.'' Then, what about ''light?'' In the state of being ''immaculate,'' a state free of any contamination, light is constantly shining. This, therefore, is the essential meaning of the Immaculate Light Treatise.
Our learning White Lotus King is the same as learning the bodhisattva spirit. To be a bodhisattva, one must benefit sentient beings. If one's heart and mind of benefiting sentient beings has not arisen, the best way to generate bodhicitta is to personally experience the suffering of sickness. We must practice ''exchange of self with others.'' If I am you, by exchanging self with others, the bodhicitta will arise. The best remedy for afflictions is to treat them with ''emptiness'' because in this way afflictions are no longer important. Who owes whom, who detests whom, who loves whom, money, and fame are no longer important.
Each and every Padmakumara, each and every White Lotus King must universally liberate sentient beings, must save sentient beings, and must have compassion for sentient beings. One must generate bodhicitta because bodhicitta is the very essence of buddhadharma.
White Lotus King Sadhana
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