True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Atisa
|On Saturday, Dec 8, 2018, 2:00 PM, at Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over an Atisa Homa Ceremony and bestow empowerment for Atisa Uncommon Practice, The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, Refuge, and Purity Restoration. (Live Webcast Link: en.visual.id)
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【Atisa Mudra:】 Turning-the-dharma-wheel Mudra
The left thumb and left index finger touch at their tips to form a circle. The three remaining fingers of the hand remain extended. Form the same mudra on the right hand. With this mudra formed, the left hand faces inward which covers the right mudra facing outward.
【Atisa Seed Syllable:】
Ah (red in color)
「Om。 ban-za。 a-ti-sa。ka-dam。so-ha。」
【Atisa Dharmalakṣaṇa Introduction:】
【Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Discourse - Atisa Background and Key Cultivation Formula:】
°–°–Above information extracted from Living Buddha Lian-sheng's book 228, Great Incarnations of Dharma King, and book 231, Great Legends of Dharma King.
- Atisa inherited the great lineage of the ''Prajna'' system of Buddhadharma and is the founder of the Kadam Sect.
- Atisa's treatise, The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, has had far-reaching influence. The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa, the Kagyu lineage holder, and Tsongkhapa's The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment have been influenced by Atisa's treatise.
- Atisa once said to the indigenous people in Jambi, Indonesia, ''If someone teaches you to chant: Om, Guru, Lian-sheng, Siddhi, Hum, take refuge in him. He is my future incarnation.''
- Serlingpa bestowed the following initiations to Atisa:
- The five great initiations of ''body,'' ''speech,'' ''mind,'' ''merits,'' and ''karma.''
- The initiations of the nine stages of ''mahayoga,'' ''anuyoga,'' and ''atiyoga.''
- Atisa's Middle Way Doctrine is a continuation of Chandrakirti's ''Consequence'' tradition (Prasangika) within the Madhyamaka school of philosophy and the idea of ''dependent-arising and emptiness (the Madhyamaka thought system of Buddhapalita, Bhaviveka, Chandrakirti, and Santaraksita).
As a way to generate bodhicitta, Atisa taught the ''seven-point training in cause and effect'' and the practice of ''exchanging self with others.''
Atisa promoted the works of The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryavatara), The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (Bodhipathapradipa), and The Treatise on Giving Rise to the Bodhicitta (Bodhicittotpadana Sastra).
He also described the stages of the Buddhist path for three types of individuals with different mental capacities:
For beings of lesser capacity - to not crave worldly pleasures, to be mindful of impermanence, to fear the sufferings of the evil paths, and to enact the ten wholesome deeds.
For beings of intermediate capacity - to loathe existence in the three realms (the Realm of Desire, the Realm of Form, and the Realm of No-form), to generate renunciation, to follow the teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Twelve Nidanas, and to attain tranquility as bliss.
For beings of supreme capacity - to generate bodhicitta, to aid sentient beings to attain Buddhahood, to practice the Bodhisattva pathway of six paramitas and four virtues, and to attain the fruition of Mahayana Buddhism.
(Kadam, Gelug, Atisa, Tsongkhapa, Grand Master Lu - form a string of mala beads. Therefore, the practice of Vinaya has to be followed.)
- According to Atisa's teachings on the three capacities:
For beings of lesser capacity - their goal is to ascend to the realm of heavens.
For beings of intermediate capacity - their goal is to complete the path to enlightenment and achieve nirvana and attain the state of the arhat.
For beings of supreme capacity - their goal is to reach full Bodhisattva-hood and attain Buddhahood.
These are the best methods in the study of Buddhism to liberate oneself from the worldly inferno.
- Atisa inherited lineages from Manjushri, Nagarjuna, Shakyamuni Buddha, Guhyasamaja, Nagarksiti, Cakrasamvara, Yamantaka, Maitreya, Vajrapani, and Vajrasattva.
Atisa sought out teachings from many lineages. Of Atisa's many teachers, the most important was Serlingpa. His other teachers were masters from the Copper Isle, Forest Isle, and Urgyen area.
Atisa received numerous transmissions of teachings. Some were transmitted from ''the spiritual realm.'' Some were ''mind transmissions.'' Some were ''empowerment transmissions.'' These included lengthy and short transmissions as well as perceivable and unperceivable transmissions.
Grand Master is the incarnation of Atisa.
- Atisa was ordained by Preceptor Silaraksita who gave him the name of Dipankar Srijnan.
- Serlingpa taught Atisa the following:
- The Ornament of Clear Realization (Abhisamaya-alankara)
- Treatise of the Mahayana Collection of the Bodhisattva Training (Sisasamuccaya)
- The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryavatara)
- The practice of exchanging self with others.
- The seven points of mind training (to generate bodhicitta).
Atisa spent twelve years in Sumatra studying under Serlingpa. Serlingpa taught Atisa everything. These teachings included the important ''three wisdoms,'' ''four actions,'' and ''one fruit'' in The Ornament of Clear Realization. For twelve years, Atisa served Serlingpa with utmost devotion.
- Atisa earnestly practiced compassion and bodhicitta. His treatise, The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, and Gampopa's The Jewel Ornament of Liberation are teachings entirely on bodhicitta.
Atisa's true accomplishments were:
Atisa once said, ''If one does not have compassion and bodhicitta, all one's actions, whether good or bad, will result in the creation of karma.''
- Mind of Compassion
- Mind of Awakening (Bodhicitta)
- Mind of Higher Mentality (Adhicitta-siksa)
- Firm ground of Pure Awareness
- Six Paramitas and Four Virtues
Atisa often gave this advice to practitioners: ''Without compassion and bodhicitta, all the practices of Vajrayana, all of the effort made on the generation stage and completion stage, the Madhyamaka practices, as well as all kinds of sadhanas, will all amount to no accomplishments and yoga.''
He also said: ''When one practices Vajrayana without compassion and bodhicitta, one is merely creating demonic transgressions.''
- Atisa said:
''When one devotes one's body, speech, and mind to one's guru, there is no need to seek any other practice.''
Therefore, in Vajrayana practice, ''guru devotion'' generates great merits. This is of the utmost importance.
- Preliminary Practices
Four Immeasurable Vows
- Core Practice
Form Mudra: Turning-the-dharma-wheel Mudra
(Same as Tsongkhapa's mudra).
Visualize a highly erected Mt. Sumeru appearing in the void. A lion throne manifests atop the Sumeru. A lotus moon disc sits atop the throne. A red 「」''ah'' syllable appears within the moon disc and transforms into Atisa.
Atisa wears a red hat and a red dharma robe with his hands displaying Turning-the-dharma-wheel Mudra. A stupa is on his right side. (containing relics)
A vase is on his left side. (filled with nectar)
Atisa sits in full lotus position, abides in the light of wisdom, and is surrounded by soft and cotton-like rainbow light
Shakyamuni is his crown ornament.
Atisa appears magnificent and performs profound and extensive Buddhadharma.
(Om) shines onto the brow point of practitioner. (White light)
(Ah) shines onto the throat of practitioner. (Red light)
(Hum) shines onto practitioner's heart. (Blue light)
Practitioner's body, speech, and mind are purified.
Visualize Atisa transforming into a light point. The light point enters into practitionerís body through the central channel and abides in the eight-petaled lotus within the heart.
The principal deity and practitioner merge and become one without distinction.
Practitioner transforms into Atisa.
Recite mantra: ''Om, ban-za, a-ti-sa, ka-dam, so-ha. '' (108 times or more)
Concentrate and enter deep meditation.
Emerging from Samadhi
- Praise Verse:
Burning off conceptual proliferation
Perfect attainment on both profound and extensive bodies
The brilliance of the undertaking penetrates all ten directions
Pay homage to Dipaṃkara Srijnana, Dharma King of the Third Age of Buddhism
May all sentient beings attain Buddhahood
May good fortune increased, wisdom advanced, lifespan lengthened, and sentient beings benefited
May practitioners and everyone be reborn in the buddha land
May life after life turn the supreme dharma wheel
The Venerable was the reincarnation of White Padmakumara.
He was born a prince in 982 in eastern India.
He had 12 gurus.
His root gurus were Rahulagupta, Avadhutipa, and Dharmakirti.
Atisa, at the age of 29, accepted ordination from Silaraksita who gave him the dharma name of Dipaṃkara Srijnana.
Works: The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, Atisa's Explanation of the Heart Sutra, Introduction to the Two Truths, Instruction on Single-Awareness, Instruction on the Middle Way, The Bodhisattva's Garland of Jewels, Hevajra, Guhyasamaja, Tara...
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