True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Kalachakra

On Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, 3:00 PM, at Rainbow Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a Kalachakra Homa Ceremony, discourse Vimalakirti Sutra, and bestow empowerment for Kalachakra Uncommon Practice. (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLl20r-KQlapX_5fT-N3cOw/live)

【Kalachakra Mudra :】


Positions both palms facing oneself with the right palm on top of the left. Interlace all fingers of both hands so that the right thumb is on the right of the left little finger and the left thumb is on the left of the right little finger. Bend both thumbs towards each other so that their tips are touching.

【Kalachakra Seed Syllable :】


【Kalachakra Mantra :】

【Kalachakra Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
The five elements, earth, water, fire, wind, and emptiness, manifest above the wheel of time. Mount Sumeru is in the center. At the peak of Mt. Sumeru, a large lotus appears with a sun-moon disc in the center of the lotus. Atop the sun and moon discs, Kalachakra appears embracing the Buddha Mother.

He has four faces, three necks, six shoulders, twelve arms, and twenty-four hands. Each hand holds a dharma implement. Both his feet step on Mahesvara and Mahesvara's consort. His center face is blue in color; right face, red; back face, yellow; and left face, white. Kalachakra's Buddha Mother is naked. Both the Buddha Father and Buddha Mother have three eyes. They embrace each other in unification while standing.

Kalachakra's four faces represent body, speech, mind, and the great bliss of emptiness, wisdom, and form. His white left neck, red right neck, and blue center neck represent the three channels inside the body. His left leg is white and his right leg is blue. Wearing a tiger skin skirt embellished with pearls and jewels and adorned with a vajra scepter in his topknot, he looks dignified and majestic.

【Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Discourse - Kalachakra Background and Key Cultivation Formula】
In Vajrayana Buddhism, Kalachakra, meaning wheel of time, is the principal deity of the non-dual tantras of Highest Yoga Tantra.
Among Vajrayana Tantras, Kalachakra practice is considered deeply profound, extensive, and supremely extraordinary.

Kalachakra's background is as follows: King Durjaya of Shambhala, whom we call Dharma King, went to a stupa known as the Auspicious Miju Pagoda in Southern India. At that time, because Shakyamuni Buddha was teaching the dharma at Lingshan, he emanated a body to the Auspicious Miju Pagoda. This body transformed into Kalachakra, the principal deity of Kalachakra Tantra. He then transmitted the Kalachakra dharma to Dharma King Durjaya. Thereafter, King Durjaya brought the Kalachakra practice back to Shambhala. Because of this cause, the beings in Shambhala primarily cultivated the Kalachakra practice.

In the year 2000, True Buddha School Root Lineage Guru Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu debuted transmission of the supreme Kalachakra dharma in Hong Kong, causing a great sensation. This transmission marked the first time ever in Buddhist history that a Chinese Dharma King transmitted Kalachakra dharma.

All four schools of Tibetan Buddhism hold Kalachakra dharma in reverence. The Kalachakra lineages of Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu are:
1st Lineage: The 17th Kanjurwa Khutughtu -- Thubten Nyima -- Thubten Dali -- Thubten Dargye -- Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu.
(Explanation: Kanjurwa was a great Mongolian Living Buddha. He and Changkya Khutukhtu were next in the rank to Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, who was the greatest Mongolian Living Buddha. Therefore, our Kalachakra lineage was bestowed by a great living buddha.)
2nd Lineage: The 9th Panchen Lama -- H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche -- Living Buddha Lian-sheng Dharma King Sheng-yen Lu (Explanation: The 9th Panchen Lama transmitted the Kalachakra dharma to H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche in Qinghai. H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche (Guru Sakya Zheng-kong) then transmitted it to Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu. Therefore, the 2nd Kalachakra lineage of the True Buddha School is from the 9th Panchen Lama, which is the lineage from the highest Living Buddha of Tibet.)
3rd Lineage: The Secret Tranquil Meditation Lineage: Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu received the lineage by entering the deepest tranquil samadhi. During this meditation, the universal Kalachakra manifested, blessed, and empowered Living Buddha Lian-sheng. This transmission therefore was the direct, tranquil, and highly secret lineage transmission.

The meaning of Kalachakra : Kalachakra can be divided into Outer Kalachakra, Inner Kalachakra, and Alternative Kalachakra. Cultivation is a process whereby one transforms from an ordinary person to a sage. The key formula is that one is oneself the inner Kalachakra and the deities of the universe are the Outer Kalachakra. One guides the Outer Kalachakra into the body and mind. Because Alternative Kalachakra is the unification of Outer Kalachakra with one's body and mind, Alternative Kalachakra is attainment. Outer Kalachakra is emptiness, whereas inner Kalachakra is qi, channels, and light drops.

Kalachakra is namely the giant wheel of time as time turns like a great wheel. Everything is destroyed as the wheel turns through ''Birth, old age, sickness, and death.'' This is Kalachakra. When time does not exist, that in itself is eternity, lasting forever, which is the ultimate goal of Kalachakra; attainment of Buddhahood, bodhisattva, sravaka, pratyekabuddha, or arhat.

Vajrayana branches into many dharmas, such as the Four Preliminary Practices, the Root Guru Yoga, the Personal Deity Yoga, Treasure Vase Breathing, Inner Fire, Light Drops, Non-leakage, Vajra Dharma, Highest Yoga Tantra, and Great Perfection. It is divided into multiple layers and levels. The Highest Yoga Tantra of Kalachakra is the integration of them all.

The Kalachakra practice is extremely important because Kalachakra, the great wheel of time, is capable of not only initiating everything, but also extinguishing everything. Time encompasses the transition of past, present and future. This transitioning of time is Kalachakra Buddha, which is to say, Kalachakra is a symbol for time. He symbolizes creation, existence, annihilation, and emptiness. He also symbolizes the giant wheel of time running over everything, completely eradicating afflictions and totally purifying karmic hindrances. As a result, one arrives at the pure land and even attains Buddhahood. In other words, the turning of the great wheel of time extinguishes afflictions and karmic hindrances, resulting in one reaching the realm of emptiness and attaining the ultimate fruition of Buddhahood. This is the essence of Kalachakra Buddha.

The Buddha has taught that phenomena do not arise on their own, by others, nor from both; phenomena arise out of karma. Kalachakra is the manifestation of this principle. Shakyamuni manifested Kalachakra. What the Buddha teaches is that everything about sentient beings will pass. Everything is impermanent, that is, no phenomena are ''permanent.'' Everything, without exception, will vanish.

Moreover, all things, whether sentient or not, are without self-nature and are not self-existent phenomena. This statement is very important. Under the giant wheel of time, all things will be extinguished. All things, whether sentient or not, are without self-nature. This is no-self. All phenomena are no-self; self-nature does not exist; nirvaṇa, the ultimate bliss, is attained at last. If one is enlightened to these three dharma seals, one is becoming a buddha.

There are ten syllables in the mantra of Kalachakra: ''om。ha。ka-ma-la。wa-la-ya。so-ha。'' These ten syllables represent the essential meaning of Kalachakra, lifespan, mind, material, undertakings, initiating, spiritual transformation, absolute enlightenment, vows, wisdom, and non-hindrance. Because the mantra has precisely ten syllables, Kalachara is also called Ten-wheel Vajra.
Outer Kalachakra refers to all the myriad phenomena of the universe. All the myriad phenomena inside our body are referred to as Inner Kalachakra. The unification of Outer Kalachakra and Inner Kalachakra is referred to as Alternative Kalachakra. If one is able to utilize one's bodily time wheel to coordinate with the time wheel of the universe, that is, harmonize the two time wheels, one transforms to the realm of Kalachakra.
The seven empowerments of Kalachakra:
Birth Empowerment represents a fresh beginning of a wisdom life;
Vase Empowerment represents body purification;
Crown Empowerment represents becoming a Buddha in the future;
Ribbon Empowerment represents dignity;
Vajra Bell represents that one's speech is always pure; Vajra Bell and Scepter Empowerment belongs to buddha mind and speech that purifies both channels.
Vajra Scepter represents forever unchangeable, meaning one's bodhicitta is extremely firm; Name Empowerment represents the bestowal of a vajra name, meaning that one will attain Kalachakra in the future;
Wish-granting Empowerment represents calamity eradication.
Permission Empowerment represents permission to cultivate Kalachakra practice.

The benefits of practicing Kalachakra are as follows :
1st: One who has received Kalachakra empowerment will be able to attain Buddhahood within seven lifetimes if one continues to properly cultivate the practice without breaking any precepts.
2nd: One who has received the empowerment will avoid all calamities if one continues to chant the mantra and perform cultivation.
3rd: One will not descend to the Three Lower Realms if one practices the dharma and chants the mantra.
One who has received the Kalachakra empowerment will attain Buddhahood within seven lifetimes. One who practices the dharma will be capable of ending wars, alleviating disasters, enhancing peace, harmonizing the climate, producing the bumper harvest of five crops, and blessing the country to be prosperous and the people to be secure. At one's passing away, one will ascend to the Kingdom of Shambhala, the pure land of the personal deity.

What does the pure land of Kalachakra look like? The Underground Perfect Penetration Country, once mentioned by Living Buddha Lian-sheng, is in fact the pure land of Shambhala. The pure land was described like this: This realm is not the same as the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss or the celestial realm. It is even less similar to the human world. It is the one and only realm that has no afflictions. The beings there are not aware of death, and rarely experience birth. There is neither virtue nor evil. This realm will exist until the day that the earth and heavens are annihilated. In other words, it has the same lifespan as the earth and heavens. Here, I want to clarify one thing. That is: One will be naturally reborn in the the Underground Perfect Penetration Country as long as one constantly chants ''Namo da-zi-zai-di-di-huo-yan-fo (Great Unhindered Underground Flame Buddha),'' and aspires to be reborn in that country.

The attainments of the beings in this realm are also inconceivable. The height of beings there exceeds ten feet. Everyone has a halo above their crown, can fly, and is forever pure. All the beings reside there permanently. The ground is covered with lotus flowers. There are natural cottages of great beauty. The four seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter don't exist. Illumination is constant, both day and night. There is no birth, aging, illness, death, or hunger. Everyone is a saint.

They can only travel to the human realm of the ten dharma realms to assist the cultivation of beings there. However, they leave no trace of their names, and no one knows they are from the Underground Perfect Penetration Country.

On Dec. 13, 2015, Living Buddha Lian-sheng transmitted the White Lotus King Personal Deity Practice and revealed the secret of the actual location of Shambhala. It turns out that, during the Western Xia Dynasty, the pure land of Shangri-La was located at Mt. Dangxiang in Great White Superior Country.

In the first generation of Shambhala, Manjusri emanated as King Durjaya. The second king of Shambhala was the White Lotus King, who wrote the Immaculate Light Treatise... The White Lotus King was none other than White Padmakumara, who is one and the same as Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu.

The Kalachakra Practice was a widespread Buddhadharma in the pure land of Shambala. It is said by some people that Kalachakra belongs to Hinduism and is a deity of Brahmanism, which is wrong. This is a mistake. Why? If you look at the legs and feet of Kalachakra, he is trampling Mahesvara and his consort, that is, Shiva and Shiva's wife. This is to symbolize that Kalachakra transcends all the deities of Hinduism and Brahminism. Moreover, Kalachakra practice was personally transmitted by Shakyamuni Buddha. The ''Kalachakra Tantra'' was thus a tantric practice personally transmitted by Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha also transmitted many other Vajrayana practices which were widely taught only in Shambala at that time. They were not widely taught outside of Shambhala, but were gradually disseminated later.The Kalachakra related practices transmitted over the years by Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu of True Buddha School are as follows:
Kalachakra 7 Practices, True Vajrakila Practice, Nine Stage Meditation Practice, True Meaning of Kalachakra Practice, Shield Protection Practice, Sun and Moon Disc Practice, Vajra Chain Practice, and the Precepts of Kalachakra.

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Kalachakra Mudra

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