大日如来智门寺 Dari Rulai ZhiMen Temple
认识自己改变自己战争自己 -- Know Your Self. Change Your Self. Overcome Your Self.
Master Yu's Address To The United Nations' Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders
August 2000, New York, New York
The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders has far-reaching significance to discuss on the important subject of human harmony. This Summit has proven that people have found the inner force of the religious consciousness. It is a sensible and important undertaking to join the efforts of different religious groups for the development of world peace and the elimination of poverty. The full use of such efforts will play an important role in finding the solution to our goal.
Religion has less power than political authority. It makes no distinction of politics or regional boundaries, nor discriminates based on race or nationality. Religion is to purify the human heart, to guide people, to serve humanity and to contribute to society. In addition, it shall do so despite any reward. It is a kind of attitude on human life, where it considers sacrificing oneself for the betterment of others as an honor, luxury and wasting as a disgrace, and seeking charity and kindness for all as one's duty. Religious teaching can change people's opinion. Such change can bring about the improvement of environment and conditions. A good interaction can really change the human consciousness, raise our level of understanding and bring us out of the vicious cycle into the good cycle.
The real transformation of consciousness enables us to realize that the human race itself created all the disputes, conflicts and wars among people, regions and nations. We are our own vice. We should re-examine our consciousness and understand that our vice is the main and deep-rooted cause of the disasters. We must, without rest, change and improve ourselves, get rid of the bad habits to end the harm we have done to others and to ourselves.
The world will enter harmony when we no longer harm each other. The world will become a jointly owned and mutually enjoyed ideal paradise when everyone respects one another, helps one another, respects the elders and loves the young ones. This is the simple, yet lofty ideal of the religious creed. The practical measure to attain the ideal is more important, which should be truly recognized, supported, cooperated and emphasized by every government, religion and person. We shall grasp the essence of the religious ideal instead of only looking at the superficial stuff and the negative phenomenon of religion. How are we to pass on the correct religious thinking and its essence without the limitation of adhering to the superficial and negative phenomenon?
Every religious group should be open-minded, have a consensus, learn from each other's virtue and strength and improve oneself. With government support inter-faith communication, cooperation and activities should be developed. Thus, we will form the same thought, which will have an influence on everyone to change for the better and benefit humanity.
People always long for peace and thirst for happiness eternal. By changing our habits, improving and overcoming ourselves, we are able to seriously re-examine ourselves to the depth of our heart, humbly accept other's criticism and teaching, and raise ourselves to a higher level. Then, we can enter a highly civilized society. We can only realize (at highly civilized society) with such profound soul purification and self-enhancement, and the world will become a highly civilized world of peace.
Look at the boundless universe. Why is there poverty? We ought to study it from the cause that leads to today's human civilization. In the beginning, the initial human thought, actions and motives are for instinctive survival. As people moved around to seek food for survival, they met other people with different habits and language. Then, the conflict or fight for food occurred. The regional conflict was formed due to lack of communication and the escalation of these fights. The purpose of such conflict was still for food and survival. The conquered were expelled or enslaved, and had to work hard and bitter for less food. The victor expanded his territory, enslaved the conquered and obtained more food.
Social classes were formed. Systems and laws were established to protect the benefits of the ruling class. Money was created for the exchange of goods. People are civilized. The traditional reality still is the same, for food. Social status was formed and reflected in the society. Different social treatment according to different social positions resulted in complicated social problems. The confrontation continued and intensified.
People had to consider taking advantage in many situations with any means for the protection of their interests. Pillaging of resources formed the idea of storing in quantity and quality. The more they own, the richer they feel. They would disregard the damage done to the environment although they had surplus (that) exceeded the real need for survival. To have self-enjoyment and self-satisfaction, they formed the bad habit of achieving their aim whether by cheating or by being a brute to others. Greed and selfishness guided them. People forgot to rethink that eating is just for living, moving around is just for surviving, and fighting is just for food. It is like this since ancient times.
For the enjoyment of the “haves,” the victors disregarded the pain of the “have-nots.” This attitude of the victors influenced their later generations. The rebellious psychology of the “have-nots,” or slaves, also influenced their later generations. The vicious cycle brought turmoil to human society. The Law of Retribution continues. People must find the cause of the vicious cycle, the method to change their bad habits, the way to overcome themselves and the solution to eliminate the vicious cause. Then, they will realize that all the waste, greed and the damage to the environment are the causes of poverty and conflict. This is the reason that Buddhism advocates for equal treatment, charity and love.
The bitter experience of the human race has proven that the teaching of the truth and faith in religion are very necessary for the human soul. Once we have purified our hearts, the ways to resolve conflict, to eliminate poverty, and the opportunity to promote peace will be maturing accordingly.
After this Summit, we hope every religious school and every government can work together hand in hand, make full use of the joint efforts, and have a real and far-reaching influence for the progress of world peace, the elimination of poverty, and the protection of the environment.
(c) 2020 YuTianJian. Words of a Buddha: Selected Talks 1999-2003. 219-225.
大日如来智门寺 Dari Rulai ZhiMen Temple: Great Enlightener Wisdom Gate Temple (dba for Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association) is here to uplift humanity through sharing Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhism with Minnesotans and with all who are interested in learning life-changing meditation practices. It was founded in 2015 by ordained Hanmi Buddhist Minister, Charlotte M. Steen,Vajracharya.
Mahavairocana Dharma King, Dechan Jueren 大日如来法王得禅觉人， founded the Dari Rulai Temple in Los Angeles, CA on December 11, 1998 as the seat for Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhism -- which embodies the complete teachings of the Mahavairocana Buddha passed down by Vajrasattva and Nargarjuna Bodhisattvas to Subhakarasimha, Vajrabodhi, and Amoghavajra in Xi'an, China over 1300 years ago.
Great Master Dechan Jueren is the Chinese Esoteric Buddhist School's 49th Great Master and Lineage bearer. Additionally, he is also the 47th Great Master and Lineage bearer for the most recognized Zen School in China, the Linji Chan School and the 16th Lineage Holder of the renowned Zhaojuie Monastery.
"Chinese Esoteric Buddhism teaches methods so that the practitioner can, with this very body, become enlightened; with this very body, attain awakening; with this very body-- while you are still alive--become a Buddha. Naturally, before one can attain to Buddhahood, one must first attain to humanhood. That is, one must truly attain to being a real human being who respects all, who helps all, and who looks for nothing in return; just like this great earth, which nurtures every life unconditionally." The Dharma Book: Heal Yourself & Others Through Meditation. YuTianJian. 2007. p. 93
Now, through great destiny, there is the opportunity for those in Minnesota and surrounding communities to learn the Chinese Esoteric Meditation practices, with the hope that once learned, they will be practiced. Once practiced consistently, that one will experience greater health, peace, happiness and prosperity. And, with the hope that if there is that destiny, that one will attain.
于大师 Master Yu
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren, otherwise known as Master YuTianJian, is the current lineage bearer, the 49th MahaVairocana Dharma King of the Chinese Esoteric Buddhist Lineage. Living Buddha Dechan Jueren’s mission is to spread the teachings of the Chinese Esoteric Buddhist lineage throughout the modern world. He brought the Chinese Esoteric Buddhist lineage teachings to the west and, for the first time, made them accessible to the public when founding 大日如来寺院 Dari Rulai Temple in Los Angeles in 1998.
Master Yu (Living Buddha Dechan Jueren) was born in 1951 in an aristocratic family of Chinese medicine in Chaoyang City, Liaoning. Province. He grew up surrounded by ancient traditional Chinese medicine.Well cultured in medical ethics, diligent in his studies, and intelligent by natural endowment, Master YuTianJian was a famous doctor of Chinese medicine, the Chief of Mizhong Research Center of China.
In 1989, he encountered Great Master Hui Ling, who was the current Dharma King and lineage bearer of the Hanmi Mystery School of Esoteric Buddhism in China at that time, and received all of his training in the traditions, theory and thought of the Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism, including all of his musical training and instruments. Under the instruction of Master Hui Ling, Master Yu attained enlightenment, knowing everything in the past, present, and future. This new consciousness revealed to him that he must undertake a most noble mission. Resolutely, he resigned all of his positions, and devoted his entire personal wealth to the great and selfless cause of expanding Buddha Dharma by teaching people how to recognize the true essence of Buddhism.
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren has endured extreme hardship, traveling across many mountains and rivers throughout China, south to the Yangzi River and to the Yellow River, in order to spread his words of enlightenment. He continues to leave an indelible impression on students and those he encounters in more than twenty provinces and autonomous regions in China, as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Canada. On August 15, 2008, the 105 year old Grand Master Fozhi, the Abbot of Yingtian Monastery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, passed on the Dharma Lineage Holder-ship of the Linji School of Chan/Zen Buddhism. Master Yu then became the 47th Dharma Lineage Holder of Linji Chan/Zen Buddhism and the 16th holder of the ZhaoJue Monastery in Chengdu, China
Charlotte M. Steen, Vice Abbot
I was raised Catholic, although because my father was Lutheran, I always knew and honored other spiritual paths. In 1992, as I went off to graduate school out East, I decided that one of my personal goals for this time period would be to explore, develop and strengthen my spirituality. This decision led me on a wonderful path of fully embracing Christianity, singing for my church in a Gospel choir, and opening my heart wider and wider to the oneness and the holiness of humanity.
In 2001, I decided that I needed to continue my spiritual development (keep growing!), and so started to seek out other spiritual teachers and other spiritual paths. In April 2002, I met my guru, Great Master Dechan Jueren, 49th lineage bearer of the Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist school. He was teaching to a large conference of over 2,000 people, and yet, when he spoke, my heart opened. I knew then that I wanted to become his student.
Over the years, I have heard Great Master Dechan Jueren teach many, many times, often reiterating basic principles which I refer to as Hanmi Buddhist guiding tenets. They are: Expect the best from yourself; Respect all, as if they are your mother and father; Forgive all; Help all, without expecting anything in return; Give others the easy and happy path, take the difficulty for yourself.
When anyone follows these tenets, it is as if one is planting wonderful vegetables and beautiful flowers in one’s garden of life. One’s luck improves. One’s health is better. Simply, one’s path is smoother, lighter, and easier.
When we are born into this world, we have received the most wonderful gift of human birth. It is a precious gift, because it is the only realm in which we have the possibility to transform spiritually. It is the only realm in which we have the opportunity to awaken our Buddha-natures, to become a Buddha. Because we have received this wondrous gift of birth from our father and mother, it behooves us to respect and to honor them all of their days. Following this tenet is a holy act. Also, when we respect and honor others as if they are our father and mother, we have seized the opportunity to create sacred ground among us.
As we go about our lives, invariably, we make mistakes and hurt others. Others also make mistakes and hurt us. When we can forgive others for the mistakes, we release ourselves and we release them from our endless karmic cycle of suffering with them. Actually letting it go, forgiving even when “they were wrong,” is a holy act.
Helping others without expecting anything in return is also holy. It is through these many small and large kindnesses to others that we can not only make our larger world a better place, but we can make our own worlds better, our own paths easier, our own bodies healthier. When we are able to focus on others’ happiness and wellness, then ours invariably improves as well. Importantly, it is in helping others without talking about it, without wanting to get noticed for it, without fanfare, that the greatest spiritual blessings are received. Humility transforms our service exponentially.
The final tenet, to allow others the easy and happy path and to take the difficulties instead, is another way of helping one another. Perhaps it is a simple choice to let the car pull in ahead of you on the freeway, even though it will slow you down. Perhaps it is giving up your seat for someone on the bus, and standing, so that they can sit. Perhaps it is any one of the many ways that most parents selflessly give to their children, and how children can learn to also do this for their parents. This way of going through life creates holy moments for all involved.
It is amazing how simple these spiritual practices are, and yet, they are often not easy. If we are also practicing Hanmi Buddhist dharma meditation, we are able to use the practice of the Hanmi Buddhist tenets to know ourselves, to change ourselves, to overcome ourselves. As we transform and purify ourselves, our actual meditation practice improves, and gradually, with Buddha’s blessing, we are able to awaken our own Buddha nature.
(c)2021 Charlotte M. Steen
Buddhist Beliefs: The Five Precepts
Central to the Buddha’s teachings is the aim of overcoming suffering. Buddhists believe that there are guiding principles that help them achieve enlightenment.
The Five Precepts
The Five Precepts are the Buddhist version of a code of conduct or rules to help people behave in a moral and ethical way. Buddhists should follow the Five Precepts to ensure they are living a morally good life. This helps them to get rid of suffering and achieve enlightenment.
The five precepts and an example are as follows:
1. Refrain from taking life: Not killing any living being. For Buddhists, this includes animals, so many Buddhists choose to be vegetarian.
2. Refrain from taking what is not given: Not stealing from anyone.
3. Refrain from the misuse of the senses: Not having too much sensual pleasure. For example, not
looking at people in a lustful way or committing adultery.
4. Refrain from wrong speech: Not lying or gossiping about other people.
5. Refrain from intoxicants that cloud the mind: Not drinking alcohol or taking drugs, as these do not help you to think clearly.
It is important to practise the precepts over time as they are not always easy to carry out. The main aim of a Buddhist is get rid of suffering, and therefore following the Five Precepts is important as they help Buddhists to avoid causing others to suffer. Following the Five Precepts is linked to kamma, as these count as skillful actions, which produce good consequences.
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Buddhist Right Conduct:
Great Master Dechan Jueren elaborates more about Buddhist Right Conduct in, "The Attendant of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Yang Ur Hoo, and the Lord of Hell." Words of a Buddha: Selected Talks 1999-2003. (c) 2020 YuTianJian. 145-162. VIEW.
Open Chinese Esoteric Buddhist Dharma Teachings
These are some of the Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist teachings which have been opened to the general public. These are available on an empowered CD for purchase, and, along with many other dharma meditations, are in The Dharma Book: Heal Yourself & Others Through Meditation. Contact the Temple to purchase at: email@example.com or call 651-278-0697.
Six Meditations of the Lotus Family
Healing Meditations (Available on CD, $30/each):
Wisdom Dew Beauty Yoga
Self-Healing of Various Illnesses
Foundations for Self-Realization Meditations (Available on CD, $30/each):
Treasure Vase Qi Dharmas
Calming & Relaxing Dharma
Prajna Akas'agarbha Moving Meditation (DVD: $60)
Advance Healing Meditation Practices
(require an abhis'eka. )
Medicine Buddha Dharma
Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist Healing Techniques
More open meditation teachings are available in The Dharma Book: Heal Yourself & Others Through Meditation. 2009. A collection of Hanmi Buddhist healing techniques are available in Thunderbolt Yoga Subduing Mara, 2009. And, an English Sutra of Great Master Dechan Jueren's is also now available in, Words of a Buddha: Selected Talks 1999-2003, ISBN-13:978-0-578-23314-7. His Sutras in Chinese are also available by request at www.dari-rulai-temple.org.
Please contact Vajracharya Charlotte for more information at info@MN-Hanmi-Buddhism.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 651-278-0697.
Dari Rulai ZhiMen Temple and its representatives offer spiritual healing work and teachings as a part of its centuries-old religious mission of spiritual upliftment, world service and charitable activities. The spiritual healing work and teachings offered by Dari Rulai ZhiMen Temple is in no way intended to be a diagnosis, cure, healing, or treatment of any disease, condition or illness, in the medical sense of these terms. No part of our spiritual healing work is ever intended to be a substitute for professional medical treatment or advice. If you have a current medical condition, or even the possibility of a serious medical condition developing, you should seek the advice and care of a licensed physician or health care professional immediately. Any reference to "healing" in our programs refers exclusively to personal spiritual healing, which may or may not occur through your participation in our religious and spiritual activities.
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