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True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Dark-faced Golden Mother

On Saturday, Jun. 30, 2018, 2:00 PM, at Oakland Convention Center, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a Ksitigarbha Luotian Ritual, Dark-faced Golden Mother, and Pure Land Trinity Grand Ceremony organized by True Buddha Vijaya Temple. For the first time, the ceremony will also perform Grand Mengshan Deliverance, and Grand Luotian Ritual. (Live Webcast Link: )

【Dark-faced Golden Mother Mudra:】

Interlace the fingers of both hands inwards. Place the middle fingers upright and touching. Point the index fingers apart. Touch the thumbs lightly against the middle fingers. Hold the mudra in front of the chest.

【Dark-faced Golden Mother Seed Syllable :】

                 Hum (black in color emitting great white light)

【Dark-faced Golden Mother Mantra :】


【Dark-faced Golden Mother Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
Dark-faced Golden Mother wears a phoenix crown while holding a dust whisk and a seven-star sword. Her face is black and she appears dignified.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talk - Dark-faced Golden Mother Background and Key Cultivation Formula】
As regards the background of Dark-faced Golden Mother, the first time Living Buddha Lian-sheng heard of Dark-faced Golden Mother was from Shigu Lin Chiyuan (Jiosang.) She described how she visited the celestial realm and saw a Dark-faced Golden Mother. The Dark-faced Golden Mother gave Jiosang a black medicinal pill. She instructed Jiosang that in the future after Jiosang returned to the human world, she would be able to visit the netherworld, save all the underworld beings, and serve as a medium for ghosts and spirits. The significance of the black pill is ''netherworld'' and the deliverance of ghosts and spirits. For this reason, Jiosang devoted her life to saving spirits in the netherworld.

The second time Living Buddha Lian-sheng heard about Dark-faced Golden Mother was during an incident involving the Yingyuan Thunder God of the Ninth Heaven. The thunder god tried to strike and kill a ghost with thunder. The ghost asked Living Buddha Lian-sheng to save her but the thunder god said ''I am the Yingyuan Thunder God of the Ninth Heaven. I have a decree from Dark-faced Golden Mother and must strike this ghost's head with five thunders and kill her.'' The ghost's time was up and she was destined to die. But at the very moment the thunder crashed, Living Buddha Lian-sheng compassionately helped the ghost by placing the Diamond Sutra on top of her head.

Because the thunder god couldn't strike the Diamond Sutra, he struck a nearby tree instead. After the thunder god split the tree apart, he returned the decree to Dark-faced Golden Mother to show that he had struck the thunders. At the same time, this ghost was successfully saved. By placing the Diamond Sutra on top of one's head, it's possible to avert calamities and disasters. This was the second time Living Buddha Lian-sheng heard of Dark-faced Golden Mother.

The third time Living Buddha Lian-sheng heard of Dark-faced Golden Mother was during his younger days. Living Buddha Lian-sheng saw a group of people on the banks of a river. Out of curiosity, he went over to see what they were doing. It turned out these people were practicing an activity called ''sedan chair'' or ''divine palanquin.'' The divine palanquin was carried by four people, two in front and two in back. In the middle of the divine palanquin was a small chair with a deity on it. The carriers were on the river bank holding the divine palanquin then suddenly plunged into the river and began thrashing and splashing around. The four carriers were rushing here and there, suddenly in and suddenly out the river. ''What is going on?'' I asked the people on the river bank. ''Dark-faced Golden Mother is catching water ghosts,'' they answered.

Therefore, I had heard of Dark-faced Golden Mother three times. The first time was from Jiosang. The second time was an incident involving the Yingyuan Thunder God of the Ninth Heaven who had a decree from Dark-faced Golden Mother. The third time was when some people in a river were using Dark-faced Golden Mother to catch ghosts.

Today we invoked Dark-faced Golden Mother. We were in Lei Tsang Temple talking about a Golden Mother catching ghosts. This Golden Mother turned out to be Dark-faced Golden Mother. Jade Pond Golden Mother was the first deity with whom Living Buddha Lian-sheng attained spiritual union. Upon attainment of spiritual union with Jade Pond Golden Mother, it's easy to attain spiritual union with many other deities.

Dark-faced Golden Mother's seed syllable is a black ''hum.'' Her mantra is ''Om。 jin-mu。 ha-ha-ha。 hum-pei。'' Her mudra is identical to Jade Pond Golden Mother's. It's easy to visualize Dark-faced Golden Mother because her face is totally black. Dark-faced Golden Mother is in charge of all netherworld affairs big and small. Her most important specialty is catching ghosts.

Grandmaster's Northern California Schedule
Feb. 5, 2017 Dharma Discourse - Dark-faced Golden Mother Practice
Dark-faced Golden Mother Sadhana

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